The semi-arboreal Carpet Python is native to Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. It has several subspecies with
different common names and different skin patterns (yellow/gold/ivory background and black/brown markings) across its range.
Like all pythons, it is not poisonous but constricts its prey. All Carpet Pythons are suffering from habitat loss.
The nominal subspecies, Morelia spilota spilota, is known as the DIAMOND PYTHON because of the diamond patterns of its skin.
It is native to southeastern Australia.
The Diamond Python can grow to over 3 metres length and live for 20 years. Prey is small mammals and reptiles.
Another common subspecies, Morelia spilota cheynei, is known as the JUNGLE CARPET PYTHON.
It is native to northeastern Queensland, Australia.
Prey is generally rodents and other small mammals and reptiles. It can grow to 2 metres.
These above are thought to be the Coastal or McDowell's Carpet Python,
M. s. mcdowelli, from northeastern New South Wales and eastern Queensland, Australia.
In captivity certain colours, stripes and patterns are accentuated and these were referred to as Jaguar Carpet Pythons
- a reference to the colour/pattern rather than the subspecies.
These Carpet Pythons with grey colour are also from eastern Queensland, Australia.