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Jungle Carpet Python (Morelia spilota cheynei) Care Sheet

by Helena Brusic

The Jungle Carpet Python (Morelia spilota cheynei)  has one of the smallest ranges of all Carpet Pythons and the most famous colouration of this subspecies being the black and gold jungles. The carpet python is a medium-sized slender python with a long neck and a large head with pits on the lips that is broader than the neck.

Natural Location:

Rainforests of Atherton Tablelands of Northeastern Queensland, Australia.

Average Lifespan:

20 - 30 years

Estimated Size:

120 – 210cm (or 4 to 7 feet)

Feeding & Water

Hatchling Jungle Carpet Pythons can be fed weekly by giving them pinky mice, though Neonate Jungle Carpets will often refuse pinkie or fuzzy mice but pounce on a mid- to large-size hopper.

Juveniles eat 1-3 adult mice per feed per week.

Adults can be fed adult mice or 1-2 large rats every 7 to 10 days – though some jungles may refuse to eat rats. If they will not eat rats (they are fussy eaters, and may take up to a day to start feeding) you may get them to switch to rats by rubbing a mouse on the nose and head of the rat. After one feeding this way, they will usually start feeding on rats. Or alternatively feed them small rabbits.

Care should be taken when feeding, as these snakes have large some what fang-like teeth. Match the prey size to the girth of the body, not the size of the head. Prey should be 100% to 125% as large as the widest part of the snake. terryln1@juno.com suggests switching from mice to rats when they reach just under a metre in length.
Note that they prefer eating from the branches and striking the food object from above.

Feed them frozen then thawed food, as live rodents can seriously harm your snake. Always provide water, in a large and heavy container. Clean the water every day.

Temperature, Lighting & Humidity

Provide a heat gradient for your Jungle Carpet Python ranging from 24 degrees C to 30 degrees C (75 degrees F to 86 degrees F). Keep the lights on a 12 hour cycle. Night time temperatures should be kept around 21 degrees C (75 degrees F). Heat mats with a light source (not necessarily UVB) are needed. Keep the humidity level around 65%.


The ideal setup for a Jungle Carpet Python is a large, arboreal cage. Height is more important than width, although the bigger is better all the way around. It is important to make sure that the cage lid is secure, as this species, like most snakes, are known as escape artists.

Provide them lots of branches for climbing, however they should be sturdy and well-secured to protect this active snake from injury while moving around. If you are using a normal reptile cage, it should be at least half the length of the snake. A 180 litre (50 gal) aquarium style tank will suffice for an adult Jungle Carpet Python, but larger, say 450 litre (120 gal) is always best. As with most snakes, hide boxes must be included, but these snakes like to sleep high, so have an elevated box, along with lots of width on some branches to act as alternative sleeping areas.

A variety of substrates can be used from simple substrates such as newspaper to naturalistic enclosures substrates such as crushed coconut shell or soil, the latter provides an aesthetic enclosure that also maintains humidity levels better newspaper or carpeting. Care should be used if using wood shavings to avoid accidental ingestion of the shavings while feeding.

Heath issues

Dysecdysis and retained eye caps are common when humidity levels are kept too low. Regurgitation of food, mouth rot and respiratory infections are common when proper temperatures are not maintained. As with all snakes, Carpet Pythons are susceptible to mites.


When shedding, as with any snake, keep all your movements slow and exact. Their vision is very much affected by the shedding of the eye caps, so they tend to be a little cranky around shedding. If you move slow to let the snake know you mean him no harm, they will remain docile. If your snake does not shed the skin completely, soak him in warm water for 30 minutes (make sure the mouth is not under water) and use a dry towel. Let him crawl though it pulling the old skin off. If the eye caps fail to come off, wet them down and CAREFULLY use a pair of tweezers to remove them.

Breeding Jungle Carpet Pythons

When jungles are in proper health and appropriate size they may ready for breeding.

There are two ways to breed jungle carpet pythons, with breeders arguing both are equally successful.
1.   Pair was cooled and not fed for a couple months during the winter, after which, they were maintained normally and fed well. 
2.   Or a pair can be maintained at normal temps and also fed regularly and otherwise normally maintained (i.e., there was no special cooling or cycling performed).

The eggs can be incubated artificially or naturally.

To incubate naturally: Keep all pairs together year round and they will occasionally be observed copulating during the cooler months.  During the breeding season, males will occasionally stop feeding. 

After breeding, the females will reduce food intake and may even stop as the eggs occupy more area within the female’s body.  When the female is obviously gravid, the male is removed.  The female is given very slightly moist green moss in a subterranean burrow drawer which is kept at around 33 degrees C.  A small water container is also placed in the egg laying chamber for added humidity.  After the female lays her eggs and curls around them. If the female does not have adequate fat reserves, the eggs can be removed for artificial incubation.  The eggs will hatch after 50 days. 

There are not many cooler sights than hatchlings emerging from the mothers coils.  They will feed on fuzzy mice or pinky rats after a few months, and generally prefer larger furred mice as opposed to pinkies.



Make sure snakes shed all their skin... left overs can cause bits of tail to fall off, and then progress up the body til it kills the snake, so maintain correct temperature and humidity.



Do NOT overfeed snake, they will die early and get fat!


Do NOT put new snakes into cages with existing snakes without quarantining them for at least 90 days!! OPMV and other diseases and viruses take at least that length of time to manifest and you don’t want to lose all your snakes from one new one!




juvenile jungle carpet python


Helena is an reptile enthusiast and owner of very friendly and playful jungle carpet pythons called Alex, Hayden, Rowan and Bella. Helena is the founder and creative director of Kali7Design


Mark Chapple is the Author of "How to build enclosures for reptiles"
Find out how to build these cages as well as arboreal cages. Full color pictures, detailed diagrams and easy to follow, step-by-step instructions.