Morelia bredli

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Morelia bredli
Morelia bredli 6 - Christopher Watson.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Pythonidae
Genus: Morelia
Species:
M. bredli
Binomial name
Morelia bredli
(Gow, 1981)
Synonyms[2]

Morelia bredli is a species of non-venomous snake in the family Pythonidae. The species is endemic to Australia. There are no subspecies that are recognized as being valid.[3] Its common names include Bredl's python, Centralian python, Centralian carpet python, central Australian carpet python, Bredl's carpet python, central Australian Bredl's carpet python, and central Bredl's carpet python.

Etymology[edit]

The specific name, bredli, is in honor of Australian crocodile conservationist Josef "Joe" Bredl (1948–2007), brother of "the barefoot bushman", Rob Bredl.[4]

Description[edit]

M. bredli is moderately robust python that generally grows to 6.5-7' (2-2.2m)long, although some individuals grow to 8' (2.4m) or more.[5] The color pattern consists of a brown to reddish ground color with a highly variable pattern of pale intrusions. There are normally black borders around the intrusions that become more extensive around the tail. The belly is yellowish to pale cream.[6]

Geographic range[edit]

In Australia, M. bredli is found in the mountains of southern Northern Territory. The type locality given is "Pitchie Ritchie Park, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia (23°42', 133°51')".[2]

Habitat[edit]

M. bredli is found in a variety of habitats: desert, savanna, forest, and freshwater wetlands, inhabiting ranges, ridges, and rocky outcrops.[1] They are semi-arboreal, spending time both on the ground and in trees, and may be found active during the day or night.[5]

Reproduction[edit]

M. bredli is oviparous.[7]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cogger, H.; Fenner, A.; Hutchinson, M.; McDonald, P. (2017). "Morelia bredli". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T42494066A42494080. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T42494066A42494080.en. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T (1999). Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, Volume 1. Washington, District of Columbia: Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
  3. ^ "Morelia bredli ". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 11 September 2007.
  4. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Morelia bredli, pp. 37-38).
  5. ^ a b Healey, Mariah. "Bredl's Python Care Sheet". ReptiFiles. Retrieved 2022-01-18.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Centralian Carpet Python, Morelia spilota bredli Archived 2008-07-19 at the Wayback Machine at the Snake Ranch. Accessed 11 April 2008.
  7. ^ Species Morelia bredli at The Reptile Database www.reptile-database.org.

Further reading[edit]

  • Cogger HG (2014). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, Seventh Edition. Clayton, Victoria, Australia: CSIRO Publishing. xxx + 1,033 pp. ISBN 978-0643100350. (Morelia bredli, p. 826).
  • Gow GF (1981). "A new species of python from central Australia". Australian Journal of Herpetology. 1 (1): 29–34. (Python bredli, new species).