Inland Reptile

Description

Bredls pythons are perhaps the most divergent members of the carpet python complex. Their geographic isolation, along with several morphological and genetic differences have garnered full species status for this form.
The most obvious thing about the appearance of M. bredli is the reddish color seen in some specimens. The reddish base color is typically offset by an irregular banded pattern. The banding is pale in color and is bordered by a row of black scales.  The head and anterior portion of the body lack much black or dark pigment.  The amount of dark pigment increases in the last half of the body with many animals being very dark in the posterior regions.
This is one of the largest members of the carpet python complex and is only eclipsed in size by the largest coastal carpet specimens. Large examples can grow to lengths of 8’ or more and are very robust.

Habitat

In this arid habitat, Morelia bredli can be found sheltering in trees and vegetation along the regions usually dry waterways. Bredls pythons also inhabit rocky areas and make use of rock ledges and crevices. This is an extreme climate with very large seasonal temperature variations.

 

Distribution

Morelia bredli has a small natural range, contained entirely within the south central region of the Northern Territory. These pythons are primarily restricted to the mountain ranges and river systems of this area.  The MacDonnell Ranges form the center of the distribution for this taxon but M. bredli is also found in other nearby mountainous areas, such as the James Range and the Hart Range.

Projects

I am very pleased to be working with what is undoubtedly the most genetically diverse group of Morelia bredli in the US. There are two separate and unrelated bloodlines established in the US and I currently breed both. In addition to the established American bloodlines I have recently imported two additional, unrelated bloodlines from Europe. I will be able to offer unparalleled genetic diversity as well as superb selectively bred offspring.

I am currently also working with the genetic striped morph of Morelia bredli. This mutation is a simple recessive trait that yields stunning results.

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