Murray Darling Python
Morelia spilota metcalfei
Our darling pythons hold a special significance being the only non-venomous snake found in Victoria. Our python is a superstar in our presentations and a class favourite among our school visitors. Due to this particular species remaining quite small, it has not fared well against the threat of introduced foxes and cats.
This arboreal (tree-dwelling) snake spans from South Australia all the way up to central Queensland and will move into any habitat with enough trees to provide shelter.
This ambush predator will remain patient allowing most meals to come to them. Volant animals (flying or gliding species) feature high on the menu with birds and bats being a regular meal.
About two dozen eggs are laid and will be guarded and incubated by the female until they hatch.