The Morelia bredli python, is endemic to Australia. A non-venomous specie, they are known by a number of common names including Central Carpet Python.

If you look closely at these carpet pythons, you will see a row of about 7 pits that trace the line of the mouth on the lower jaw of the python.

Most Australian pythons have these heat sensitive pits that are used to detect ‘warm blooded’ prey, especially in the dark. The pits are rich in nerve fibres that are covered by a membrane. These heat receptors are so sensitive to all temperatures surrounding the python’s own body temperature, that in some snakes they can 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.

Common name
Centralian Python, Centralian Carpet Python, Central Australian Carpet Python, Bredl’s Python, Bredl’s Carpet Python, Central Australian Bredl’s Carpet Python, Central Bredl’s Carpet Python.

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