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IRIAN JAYA CARPET PYTHONS (Morelia Spilota Variegata)

Location:  West Papua, Irian Jaya mountain range

Size:  6'-7' as a full-grown adult, 12"-15" as a hatchling

Coloration:  creamy-whites to yellow with chocolatey-brown markings and sometimes hues of olive green within the darker shades as an adult

Pattern:  typically banded, occasionally have minor striping down the spine; sides of the body frequently resemble that of paper dolls holding hands

Background:  Irian Jaya Carpet Pythons are an arboreal species python which is found in West Papua.  They are a small carpet python with an excellent temperament.  Irians were first introduced to collectors in the United States in 1994 and 1995.  For the most part, adult Irian Jayas and the hatchlings that were imported to the U.S. could not adapt to captivity and consequently died.  However, a small number of yearlings adjusted and have been raised to adulthood.  After 1995, the exporting of animals from West Papua became illegal and weren't shipped out of the country again until 2005.

 

JUNGLE CARPET PYTHONS (Morelia Spilota Cheynei)

Location:  North Eastern Australia

Size:  8'-9' as a full-grown adult, 12"-15" as a hatchling

Coloration:  bright buttery to lemon yellow and deep black; creamy whites in more average looking specimens; frequently colors tip out black into yellow and vice-versa save exceptional animals

Pattern:  typically banded, occasionally have minor striping down the spine; sides of the body frequently resemble that of paper dolls holding hands

Background:  Jungle Carpet Pythons are an arboreal species of python which is found in North Eastern Australia.  Currently, there is no legal exportation of animals from the country but many animals have made it into the United States over the last few decades.  Their bright coloration has made them extremely popular among collectors and pet owners.  Because of the length of time this subspecies has been in captivity, there have been quite a number of color and pattern morphs bred from them.

 COASTAL CARPET PYTHONS (Morelia Spilota McDowli)

Location:  Eastern coastline of Australia

Size:  12'-14' as a full-grown adult, 15"-18" as a hatchling

Coloration:  slate greys, olive greens and creamy whites

Pattern:  typically banded but may have a very aberrant pattern throughout

Background:  Coastal Carpet Pythons are an arboreal species of python which is found along the Eastern coastline of Australia.  As with the Jungle Carpets, they cannot be legally exported from the country at this time.

 

 

 

Carpet Python Care

   Cages should include a sturdy branch to climb onto where the carpet python can feel secure and move away from the heat source when necessary to regulate their body temperature.  They like an ambient cage temp in the mid-70's and an unbelly hot spot of about 90F.  We like to use flex-watt under the bottom of the cage for the heat source.  Using a basking light for heat is not ideal as the snakes prefer not to feel so exposed and heat rocks are dangerous since they can easily burn the animals.  Misting of the cage is good for them every few days to keep a moderate amount of humidity and daily when they go into their shed cycle.  Too much humidity at too cool a temperature, though, can lead to a respiratory infection.  This is the leading cause of death to pythons and boas in captivity so make sure to check your cage temps regularly.  Feeding time can be an enjoyable time for keepers, but it must also be done in the safest, most humane way possible.  We feed our snakes once a week the width of their body, using frozen-thawed prey items only.  Feeding live prey can cause injury to the snake by being bitten or scratched and may also stress it out and consequently stop eating for a period of time.