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Central Carpet Python
(Morelia bredli)

Look closely at these carpet pythons and you will see a row of about 7 pits that trace the line of the mouth on the lower jaw. Most Australian pythons have these heat sensitive pits which are used to detect ‘warm blooded’ prey in the dark. The pits are richly provided with nerve fibres covered by a membrane. These heat receptors are sensitive to all temperatures about the python’s own body temperature and in some snakes they will register a change of as little as one thousandth of a degree Celsius. From a distance of say, 50 cm a blind-folded carpet python could catch a flying bat.

Source: Alice Springs Reptile Centre

Central Carpet Python (Morelia bredli) - Alice Springs Reptile Centre

Central Carpet Python (Morelia bredli) - Alice Springs Reptile Centre

Central Carpet Python (Morelia bredli) - Alice Springs Reptile Centre

Central Carpet Python (Morelia bredli) - Alice Springs Reptile Centre

 
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