Diamond Pythons (Morelia spilota spilota) are a member of the carpet python complex, and inhabit south-eastern Australia. They are most often found in forested areas, but have been seen in more urban areas, and prefer rocky coastal regions during the cooler season. They have a white belly, and black back, covered in yellow speckles and white “rosettes” which strongly resemble diamond shapes. Their range often overlaps with other Morelia spilota sp. and crosses have been observed in the wild.
Being one of the most southerly species if snake in the world, they tolerate temperatures of 50 during the winter, and vast drops in temperature at night. Consequently, if kept too warm in captivity, their life span is usually around only 7 years. They are also a lean-bodied snake, with a very arboreal lifestyle; basking occurs in the morning and evening, of which adults need less because of their larger body mass. Juveniles are much more active, and often prefer to hunt lizards rather than rodents. With cooler temperatures, they must not be over fed, and should go without food over the winter season.
Because of this cool, low food intake lifestyle, diamond pythons are slow growing, and females often don’t become breeding size until 5-6 years of age. They are very visually aware, so they have exceptionally strong feeding responses, but are very docile once in the hands of a keeper.
Above is my female Lana :)