***These care sheets assume that you understand the basics of snake care & husbandry.
If you are a new snake owner, it is recommended that you read our articles on general reptile care and then fine tune the requirements for the specific species you are interested in.
Carpet pythons are widespread throughout various parts of Australia, and are also found in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia (West Papua), and some Indonesian islands. They are found in a variety of habitats including rainforest, grasslands, and semi-arid deserts (and possibly your house, if you live in Australia).
Carpets are semi-arboreal and may utilize trees or creep along the ground.
This species is carnivorous and feeds on rodents. Feeding a rodent that is big around as the snake’s girth an average of once every 7 days is a good guideline here. As your carpet grows, monitor the snake’s weight—you may feed less frequently to avoid obesity.
Some carpets are notorious “mousers” and resistant to switching to rats as they grow. In this case, multiple smaller food items may be necessary.