Alice Springs Reptile Centre

The Central Carpet Python (Morelia bredli), is a non-venomous specie that is endemic to Australia. They are known by a number of common names including Centralian Carpet Python, Bredl’s Python and Central Australian Bredl’s Carpet Python.

Look closely at these carpet pythons and you will see a row of about 7 pits that trace the line of the mouth on the lower jaw. Most Australian pythons have these heat sensitive pits which are used to detect ‘warm blooded’ prey in the dark. The pits are richly provided with nerve fibres covered by a membrane. These heat receptors are sensitive to all temperatures about the python’s own body temperature and in some snakes they will register a change of as little as one thousandth of a degree Celsius. From a distance of say, 50 cm a blind-folded carpet python could catch a flying bat.


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  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Suborder: Serpentes
  • Family: Pythonidae
  • Genus: Morelia
  • Species: M. bredli
  • Binomial name: Morelia bredli