Eastern, Coastal or McDowell's Carpet python  - Morelia spilota mcdowelli by Normf

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Eastern, Coastal or McDowell's Carpet python - Morelia spilota mcdowelli by 

Stumbled across this guy while looking for Fungus. Not sure what was for dinner but it looks like it was just a Black Rat (Rattus rattus) or a brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) rather than a native marsupial rat (antechinus?). Hard to tell when half swallowed!
The species is found throughout mainland Australia, with the exception of the arid center and the western regions. It is widely distributed throughout the forest regions of Southwest Australia. Occurs (in various subspecies) in a wide variety of habitats, from the rainforests of northeastern Queensland through the River Red Gum/Riverbox woodlands of the Murray and Darling Rivers to the arid, tree-less islands of Nuyts Archipelago off the South Australian west coast. This subspecies is found in in eastern Queensland and northeastern New South Wales.

Canon EOS 40D
Shooting Mode Program AE
Shutter Speed 1/60
Aperture Value 4.0
Metering Mode Center-Weighted Average
ISO Speed 100
Lens EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Focal Length 92.0 mm
Flash On


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  • serendip
    serendipover 4 years ago

    Great shot! Superb detail. Not a nice way to go.

  • Thanks serendip, while I was cautious in approaching he was very much only concern with his feeding reflex!!

    – Normf

  • Rodney Wratten
    Rodney Wrattenover 4 years ago

    G’day Normf
    Great photo very good DOF were you out in the field when you came across this fellow? he look like he was taking any notice of you. we do something simular here in Port Macquarie with the snake group at Wauchope.
    Cheers Rod.

  • Yes Rodney I was on my way home late in the evening in the Wedding Bells State Forest. This guy was hanging from a small tree with his head almost at ground level. I would suppose he was stalking a “rodent trail” (as I’ve seen this before with both carpet snakes and some raptors) and scored. He was unperturb by me with swallowing, even to the extent where he only flithed if I touched him. I watched till there was just a tail left hanging and he promptly turn around and disappeard up the tree! I’ve actually seen this exact same scene over a dizen times locally but usually don’t have my camera!

    – Normf

  • clmustin
    clmustinover 4 years ago

    Great capture.

  • I really appreciate your comment, Thanks

    – Normf

  • InPort
    InPortover 4 years ago

    G’day NORM!

    You have caught the dining habits of this lovely Python very well with good lighting/exposure control and good sharp detail.
    I have only ever observed the eating habits of snakes in captivity and find it totally amazing. Do you know that in captivity they always burp and say “Thank you.” after each meal? True! 8-)


  • Thank you Dennis, interestingly this wild snake seemed oblivious to my presence up until there was just a tail hanging out and then, suddenly seemed quite put out and quite rudely made a hasty retreat!! (I suppose it’s hard to “burp” with a tail hanging out of your throat and there’s no thankyou when they have catch their food themselves???).
    I understand that the feeding reflex is very strong in the Morelia’s and is often the reason why some people are bitten. I’ve picked many of these guys up on roads and, if handled gently almost never try to bite, and then there is the odd one (especially those diamond\carpet hybrid types around your way) that are just so cantankerous!!!

    – Normf

  • InPort
    InPortover 4 years ago

    Hahahaha! I have not hear “cantankerous” used for many a long day. 8-)

  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...over 4 years ago

    What a shot

  • I really appreciate your comment, Thanks

    – Normf

  • foppe47
    foppe47over 4 years ago


  • Thanks for taking the time to look and comment on my work. Appreciated!

    – Normf

  • Nephrurus
    Nephrurusover 4 years ago

    It certainly hasn’t eaten an Antechinus. The tail is very ratty!

  • Thought so, good to have them on the job!

    – Normf

  • Cat2be
    Cat2beover 4 years ago

    Brilliant shot!! Wow this is amazing

  • Thanks for taking the time to look and comment on my work. Appreciated!

    – Normf

  • RandySpencer
    RandySpencerover 4 years ago

    Awesome timing on that one.

  • Thanks Randell, you get lucky sometimes!

    – Normf

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