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Amethystine Python (Morelia amethistina)
As one of the ‘giant’ snakes, it has been recorded at a length of up to 8.5 metres (28 ft), found near Gordonvale, but are more frequently found at lengths of 3-5m (10-16 ft).
It acquires its name from the fact that when viewed from certain angles in direct sunlight, it displays an Amethyst coloured shine all over its body.
It is a slender python for its size and is not able to kill large animals that the related Anaconda of South America and the Pythons of Africa and Asia can.
The Amethystine Python (Morelia amethistina) – Captive Breeding, Reproduction and Growth.
By Brian Barnett, 16 Suspension Street, Ardeer, Victoria, 3022, Australia
(Originally Published in Monitor – Bulletin of the Victorian Herpetological Society 4 (3), 31 August 1993, pp. 87-100, including photos and numerous tables, etc.)
Common name: Scrub python
Scientific name: Morelia amethistina
Other common names: Amethystine python
General description: Scrub pythons are large slender snakes with big heads distinctly wider than the neck. Scrub pythons have large head plates and heavily pitted lips. They may be patterned with dorsal crossbars and blotches and lateral stripes on the neck. Some specimens are patternless. This is a highly iridescent species.
The Amethystine Python is a large snake found in Australia and surrounding islands. They are very shy, solitary animals and are rare in captivity. As captive-bred Amethystine Pythons become available, their popularity is increasing. The Amethystine Python is sometimes known as the Scrub Python.
By Yasser Moustafa
The Southern Scrub Python is perhaps one of the greatest reptile predators in the world. They hold a spirit that we feel is unmatched by any other reptile in the world. This paper is hopefully going to provide helpful information in the further understanding in the care and reproduction of the captive Southern Scrub Python. It was originally written for submittal to Reptiles Magazine but we decided against it so we could share the information here.
Indonesian and Australian pythons represent some of the best snakes available comercially, either for their commercial potential as a breeding investment, or as single pet specimens. We work with species that run the size and temprament gamut, from the small and docile Irian Jaya Carpet Python (Morelia spilota variegata) to the larger and less commonly kept species like Olive (Liasis olivaceus), Papuan (Apodora papuana) and Black Pythons (Morelia boeleni). Additionally, we work with multiple Green Tree Python (Morelia viridis) localities (Aru, Biak, Canary/ Kofiau, Merauke, etc), as well as the tough to acquire dwarf variants of the Scrub Python (Morelia sp.), like the Halmahera (Morelia tracyae) and Tanimbar (Morelia nauta). We do work with the tougher species, like Lesser Sundas (Python timoriensis) and both variants of the White-Lipped Pythons (Leiopython albertisii), but these are rare (especially Black-phase White-lips), and sell out quickly.
Back in 2000, we came across a Southern scrub that exhibited an unusual amount of striping for sale by a well known reptile dealer. We purchased it and found that it was vey nicely colored and was almost completely striped. The genetics of this trait is unknown but we plan to integrate it into our hypo project in hopes of producing double hets for Stripe and Hypo. The hopeful outcome of this longterm project will be to hatch a hypomelanistic striped Southern Scrub Python. We can't wait! She is still rather small and may need another year or two before she gets to pal around with the hypo though. Maybe in 2005...
Scrub Python tackles a Kangaroo
A series of photos of a Amethystine Python (Scrub) eating a kangaroo. This took place on a Golf course in Australia. As far as we are aware the rights to the picture are not reserved. We have attempted to find who the photographer was but without success. These pictures where obtained from a site that was not family orientated so be thought it better not to link directly. Should the have reserved rights please advise and we will remove same, provide an alternative link or acknowledge the photographer, as the case may be.
The Moluccan python was formerly considered the Moluccan locale of the Scrub or Amethystine Python, Morelia amethistina. In 2000 it was given full species status and named Morelia clastolepis.
These pythons are intelligent and command respect, but are generally very well mannered pythons, especially if raised from hatchlings.
We have many other species documented in
similar fashion which are listed on our home page, in the 8. Links - Species Specificsection.