Diamond Python, Morelia spilota spilota, yawning. Click to enlarge image
Diamond Python, Morelia spilota spilota, yawning. Image: Stuart Humphreys
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    spilota
    Genus
    Morelia
    Family
    Pythonidae
    Suborder
    Serpentes
    Order
    Squamata
    Subclass
    Lepidosauria
    Class
    Reptilia
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    2 m - 3 m

Introduction

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

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.

Distribution

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

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 history 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.

Conversation 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

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