Amethystine pythons are one of the largest snakes in the world. The young spend most of their time in trees, but the adults are more likely to be on the ground. Warm-blooded prey are detected at night by a series of heat-seeking pits along the jaw.
Scientific name: Morelia amethistina
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The Amethystine python can be found in a number of locations including: Australia. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.
The following habitats are found across the Amethystine python distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
Discover what these behaviours are and how different plants and animals use them.
Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Morelia amethistina is a non-venomous species of snake, known as the amethystine, scrub python or Sanca permata locally, found in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia. Popular among reptile enthusiasts, and noted for its coloration and size, it is the largest native snake in Australia, Papua New Guinea & West Papua, Indonesia. There are currently 4 subspecies of the nominate race, Morelia amethystina amethystina, which are generally recognized. The Mollucan islands, including Halmahera, Ternate and Tidore are home to Morelia a. tracyei. The Tanimbar Islands are home to a smaller race, Morelia a. nauta. On the island of Seram, Morelia a. clastolepis can be found, and mainland PNG (including the Indonesian western half, once called Irian Jaya--now West Papua)and many of its near offshore islands Morelia a. amethystina is quite common. In Australia, Morelia a. kinghorni is represented.
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