About Irian Jaya Carpet Pythons

About Irian Jaya Carpet Pythons

The Irian Jaya Carpet Python also known as ‘Morelia Spilota Variegata’ is the smallest of the Carpet Pythons family; originating from Northern Coast of Australia and New Guinea giving them another name of ‘West Papuan Carpet Python’.

This beautiful specimen can reach 5 to 7 feet in length (Males around 5ft and females reaching 7ft) with a powerful body that excels in as constrictor with the agility and speed to strike about anything within a 2ft radius of themselves.

The head of an Irian Jaya Carpet Python is very large heads in compassion to their slender bodies making their heads distinctive feature. Most snakes can open their jaws to 180 degrees making it far easier to consume their prey.

They have one the most beautiful markings in my opinion that is symmetrical all long their entire body however ever more are the markings become more variety due to selective breeding bring a range of patterns or colours too.

Some think you can see their teeth when looking at them with mouths shut however you are in fact looking into their heat pits. Heat pits are used to determine places for basking or hunting of their prey. Their vision is very much like a thermal imaging camera used by police helicopter but in black and white.

Trust me I know the speed it hits form experience when Gladys my girl decided she didn’t want photos taken anymore to stroke my hand but never will they latch on.