Amesthystine Python (species: Morelia amethistina) in Yungaburra, QLD (Gaia Guide)
Morelia amethistina
Amesthystine Python

©Michael Pennay: Amesthystine Python (Morelia amethistina)

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Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Family Boidae
Genus Morelia
Species Morelia amethistina



Distinguishing features

Males are much smaller and slimmer than females. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 500 cm (Length of specimen)



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Morelia amethistina

Distribution and habitat preferences

They are found in Indonesia (Maluku Islands, Timur Laut Islands, Banda, Kai Islands, Aru Islands, Misool, Salawati, most of Western New Guinea, many islands in Geelvink Bay, such as Biak, Numfor, Yapen and Supiori), Papua New Guinea (including Umboi Island, Bismarck Archipelago, Trobriand Islands, the d'Entrecasteaux Islands to Rossel Island, Louisiade Archipelago), and Australia (on some islands in the Torres Strait, the northern Cape York Peninsula south including the Atherton Tableland and the eastern foothills of the Great Dividing Range.

In Indonesia and northern tropical Queensland, Australia, it is found mostly in rainforests. Warm, humid habitats with good water sources are preferred.

In northern Australia and New Guinea, it mostly lives in scrublands. (Wikipedia)


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