Morelia spilota Carpet Python
Subspecies I've seen:
M. s. mcdowelli
Eastern Carpet Python
Morelia spilota mcdowelli Eastern Carpet Python
Lamington National Park, Queensland, AustraliaFebruary 20, 2003
Eastern Carpet Python (Morelia spilota mcdowelli) Eastern Carpet Python (Morelia spilota mcdowelli)
Imagine my surprise when I glanced up from photographing a tiny skink to see this a few feet away. Fortunately for me it was very calmly digesting what appeared to be a substantial meal, so it cooperated nicely for my camera. I don't have much experience estimating the size of very large snakes, but I'm guessing this one was between ten and twelve feet long.

Here is a complete list of the reptiles and frogs I saw on this trip to Australia.

Lamington National Park, Queensland, AustraliaFebruary 21, 2003
Eastern Carpet Python (Morelia spilota mcdowelli)
The next day I spotted this beautiful individual well-camouflaged in the leaf litter at the side of the road. Though much smaller than the one I'd seen the previous day, it was still a good-sized snake, perhaps six or seven feet long.
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