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Carpet pythons & relatives
Morelia - Gray, 1842
|Etymology:||unknown, but possibly after the town in Mexico.|
Previously, most Australian pythons were placed in this genus.
|Notes:||This genus features Australia's best-known python species, the carpet python (Morelia spilota), as well as two of Australia's most arcane and enigmatic snake species: the rough-scaled python (Morelia carinata) and the Oenpelli python (Morelia oenpelliensis). It also features one of the pythons most desired in the pet trade, the green python (Morelia viridis), as well as Australia's longest snake, the scrub python (Morelia kinghorni).|
Oviparous - 5 out of 5 Australian species
Smallest Australian species: green python (Morelia viridis) at 120 cm
Longest Australian species: scrub python (Morelia kinghorni) at up to 500 cm
|Number of Australian species:||5|
- Wilson, D.; Heinsohn, R.; & Wood, J. (2006). Life-history traits and ontogenetic colour change in an arboreal tropical python, Morelia viridis. Journal of Zoology, 270(3):399-407.