Missy the Carpet Python is the biggest snake in the Education Centre and she is over 2metres long! Carpet Pythons can get pretty big in Australia and they are really well suited to the hot areas like the desert. They eat small rats and mice and a big one could even eat a wallaby, Mum reckons. Mum says they are really happy in the desert especially since white people brought rabbits to Australia more than 150years ago. They have become the main diet for snakes in some areas and that means the pythons can get really large and have lots of babies, so there are many of them out there. Pythons aren’t venomous but wrap their bodies around their prey and squeeze it so it stops breathing. Then they can eat it head first and whole. Cool hey?
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