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Reptile Morelia amethistina (Scrub Python)

Blake

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Scientific Name: Morelia amethistina

Common Name: Scrub Python

Order: Squamata

Suborder: Serpentes

Family: Pythonidae

Other Names: Amethystine

Distribution: Some islands of Torres straight and Tropical North Queensland

Habitat: Rainforests or other warm humid locations with water.

Field Notes: The largest Australian snake, one specimin has been recorded at over 8m although 5m is more common. A reasonably slim body for the length. They display many variations of light brown and dark brown patterning.

The specific name, amethistina, is an allusion to the milky iridescent sheen on its scales, which gives it an amethyst-like color. (wikipedia)

The main diest consists of small vertibrate animals such as bats, rats, and possiums. Although larger snakes have been known to take small marsupials as they approach creeks or rivers.

Images By Blake - 2011 - Location: Australia Zoo

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