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Centralian Pythons
Centralian Pythons (Morelia bredli)
About: Centralians are one of the larger species of carpet python, attaining around 8 ft as adults. They are a red/brown carpet python with light cream banding. These snakes are lighter on the anterior end and darken caudally. This appearance is also very appealing to keepers, which makes them popular animals in herpetoculture. While most specimens are a brick red coloration, some bloodlines are more orange-red in appearance. Striped and hypomelanistic individuals are also available in captivity.

Range: As it's name implies, the Centralian pythons are found in the center of Australia. Their range encompasses Alice Springs and the surrounding areas of the MacDonnell ranges of central Australia.

Habitat: One of the most influential pictures is of a centralian python overlooking a gorge in the desert. These pythons are often found associated with large river red gum trees along seasonal watercourses. They will also utilize the rocky areas of red quartzite and sandstone of the magnificent gorges found through this area. Such habitat is found in many of the gorges in Central Australia near Alice Springs. Ormiston Gorge (pictured below) is prime habitat for these magnificent pythons.

Natural History Notes: These amazing pythons are adapted to life in the harsh deserts of the Australian interior. They have fine scalation as an adaptation to retain moisture in the harsh environment with infrequent water supplies. Their red coloration helps them blend into the red sand and rocks of the countryside.

They hunt for mammalian and avian prey in the large trees. The frequency of encounters on the ground is dependent on the seasons, and they are more commonly found outside of the trees when the grass seeds and grains are less abundant. This is to follow prey items that are in the greatest abundance. They are hardy snakes and will take a nice variety of prey items in captivity.

Clutch sizes are relatively large with this species. Wild females have been observed to use hollow branches for incubation of eggs.

More information on their care and breeding can be found on the M. bredli care page.


Bredli range
bredli
Afors line female

bredli
Afors line male

bredli female
Lazik line female
bredli female
M. bredli utilize the river red gums in Ormiston Gorge, NT
bredli female
Price line female  
Habitat
The red rocks of the gorges serve as shelter during cooler months
bredli male
Lazik line striped male