Close-up of an amethystine python

Amethystine python

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

Rank: Species

Common names:

Scrub python


Map showing the distribution of the Amethystine python taxa

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

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