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South-west Carpet Python

The Wakarl is the largest python found in Perth and will frequently visit homes. Very large individuals can grow up to 4m long, while most are around half the size.

Snakes Bushland Wetland

Noongar Names: Wakarl

Scientific Name: Morelia spilota imbricata

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Threats: Habitat loss and predation by cats and foxes

Will they visit?: South-west Carpet Pythons will visit home gardens located near large reserves and intact bushland

Natural Distribution: Common and widespread throughout the South West and the Perth region

Habitat at a Glance

See Habitat Guide for more detail

Shelter: Hollows in large trees and constructed nest boxes

Diet: Birds, reptiles, frogs, and mammals

Water: Large frog ponds

ReWild Benefit: Pest control

ReWild Benefits

South-west Carpet Pythons are high in their food chain and feed on rats and other rodents. Avoid using rat poisons as this can inevitably make a local Stimson’s Python sick due to second-hand poisoning. Having a predator around demonstrates the ecosystem is working well and you can record your sighting on Atlas of Living Australia!

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