Animal Species:Diamond Python

A Diamond Python in your roof will not cause any damage but will help control rats and possums.

Diamond Python

Stuart Humphreys © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Diamond Python

Size range

2 m - 3 m

Distribution

The Diamond Python is found in coastal areas of New South Wales.

Habitat

The Diamond Python is found in large bushland areas and national parks of Sydney, but often goes undetected because of its nocturnal, slow-moving habits.

Feeding and Diet

Like all pythons, the Diamond Python kills its prey by wrapping itself around its victim (in this case, small mammals and lizards) and suffocating it.

Other behaviours and adaptations

During the day, the Diamond Python may be seen basking in trees and occasionally it is found in roofs and rafters.

Life cycle

The female Diamond Python lays eggs and coils around them to protect them and keep them warm. This maternal care, which is uncommon in snakes, ceases once the offspring hatch.

Conservation Status

The Diamond Python is not as widespread in Sydney as it once was and, although it is not considered endangered, it is under pressure from habitat destruction.

Danger to humans and first aid

Pythons are non-venomous but can inflict a painful bite. Teeth can break off and remain embedded in the victim.

Classification

Species:
spilota
Genus:
Morelia
Family:
Pythonidae
Suborder:
Serpentes
Order:
Squamata
Subclass:
Lepidosauria
Class:
Reptilia
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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