Reptile Photo of the Week

December 14, 2015

This has got to be the most interesting photo this week of a reptile in its native habitat, in this case, it is a carpet python (Morelia spilotes) in Central Queensland, Australia, devouring a king parrot. 


This photo was taken by Bianca, a fan of Stuart McKenzie, a professional snake catcher in Queensland, Australia.

According to ABC News Australia, the photo was taken at Agnes Water in Queensland by a fan of Stuart McKenzie, a professional snake catcher who posted the photo to his Facebook page. McKenzie estimated the snake to be about 1.5 to 2 meters in length ( 5 to 6.5 feet) based on the size of the king parrot.  McKenzie noted on his Facebook page that he had a busy day, having had to remove five pythons from residences in his area. 

carpet python

Stuart McKenzie/Bianca/facebook

The colorful bird gets eaten.

Carpet pythons are native to Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea and range from 5 to 9 feet in length. They can easily live more than 20 years and feed on a variety of vertebrates, including mammals, birds, bats, and lizards. Sometimes though the tables are turned, as was the case last summer when a dumpy frog tried to eat a baby carpet python. The person who recorded the video of this scene interfered and removed the snake from the frog's mouth and let it go back into his garden. 

carpet python

Stuart McKenzie/bianca/facebook

Carpet pythons are found throughout much of Queensland, Australia.

Do you have a reptile photo that you would like to share? Send it to jvirata@i5publishing.com for consideration. We are looking for photos of reptiles in their natural habitat, in the wild. We see plenty of photos of reptiles eating feeder rodents, so no need to send those. 

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