Carpet python, also known as diamond python, is a large snake found in Australia, New Guinea. Carpet python is a large species of python, reaching between 2 – 4 m in length and weighing up to 15 kg. Males are typically smaller than females. The head is triangular with a conspicuous row of thermoreceptive labial pits.
The colouring of carpet python is highly variable, ranging from olive to black with white or cream and gold markings. The patterning may be roughly diamond-shaped or have intricate markings made up of light and dark bands on a background of gray or a version of brown.
The species is oviparous, with females laying 10–50 eggs at a time. Afterward, females coil around the eggs to protect them and keep them warm through using muscular contractions to generate heat. This type of maternal care, which is typical for pythons, ceases once the hatchlings have emerged.
Carpet pythons kill prey by constriction. Their diet consists mainly of small mammals, birds and lizards.