TOP END CARPET PYTHONS (Morelia spilota variegata)

The Northern Territory (NT) carpet python is found in the Top End. Also known as the Top End Python or The Darwin Python.

It is one of the largest, most familiar snakes in Australia, mostly due to its popularity as a pet.

There are six subspecies of carpet python in Australia, with various colours and patterns.

The NT form, Morelia spilota variegata, is different from the other subspecies because it is a beige or brown colour with blackish or grey blotches and bright gold, yellow and rust colour forms in regional areas.

This subspecies is about 2.5m long on average.

It is non-venomous and is an important predator that kills its prey by constriction.