Coastal carpet python


Common names Coastal carpet python, Eastern carpet python
Scientific name Morelia spilota mcdowelli
Country Australia
Captive-bred Yes
Adult size 3m (10ft)
Natural habitat Coastal regions
Housing 180 x 90 x 120cm (6 x 3 x 4ft)
Ideal temperature 32°C (89°F) (warm end); 22°C (71°F) (cool end)
UVI 2-3
Ideal humidity 50-60%
Diet Carnivorous
Average lifespan 15-20 years
Personality Feisty but can be tamed
Ease of handling Moderate-difficult
Cohabitable No


Do Coastal carpet pythons make good pets?

Coastal carpet pythons are the largest of the Carpet python localities, with individuals often reaching 3m (10ft) in length. This locality can be quite variable in their natural appearance, ranging from olive greens to greys and browns, with plenty of artificially selected genetic morphs available in the hobby also, such as Caramel, Axanthic or Jaguar to name a few.

Carpet pythons as a whole are known for being highly responsive to food and sometimes even a little territorially defensive. Due to this, and the large size of a Coastal carpet python, they are recommended for more advanced snake keepers who have a better idea of how to read the body language and how to react when a snake strikes out. In most instances, the snake will calm down once they are removed from the enclosure, but it is getting them out that can be a challenge.

What size enclosure does a Coastal carpet python need?

Being the largest locality of Carpet python, Coastal carpet pythons require quite a large amount of space. They are arboreal snakes so also require an enclosure that not only provides them with plenty of horizontal space but plenty of vertical space too.

At Swell Reptiles, we recommend an adult enclosure size of 180 x 90 x 120cm (6 x 3 x 4ft) for a Coastal carpet python, although we do not stock an enclosure this large, it is usually required to be a custom build. However, Coastal carpet pythons can quite happily live in smaller enclosures whilst they are growing, for example, the Exo Terra Glass Terrarium 90x45x90cm or VivExotic Viva+ Arboreal Large Deep are not bad options for a hatchling/juvenile set-up.

What is the ideal temperature for a Coastal carpet python?

As with any reptile, Coastal carpet pythons should be provided with a thermogradient within their enclosure that goes from warm to cool from one end to the other. The ideal basking temperature for this species is 32°C (89°F), with their cool end sitting closer to 22°C (71°F).

Your basking area should be heated using an overhead heating system such as a heat bulb or ceramic heater, both of which must be hooked up to a compatible thermostat to ensure their safety. If you opt for a basking lamp, a dimming thermostat would be required, whereas if you opt for a ceramic heater, a pulse thermostat would be required.


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