Photo safari – carpet python

By Ed Yong | May 1, 2010 12:00 pm

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A carpet python, photographed at Perth Zoo. From this angle, you can clearly see the heat-seeking pits on the lower jaw. The python uses these to detect the body heat of its warm-blooded prey.

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Comments (5)

  1. khan

    And I thought carpet beetles were bad…

  2. Cassandra

    Carpet pythons will take care of a rug rat infestation though.

  3. When I was growing up, we had frog ponds all around the house (their croaking fueled a life-time hatred of frogs), but one year a pair of carpet pythons came and sat in the frog ponds for a while. Apparently, they sometimes do things like that to loosen their skin before moulting.

  4. Walter S. Andriuzzi

    I read somewhere that those heat receptors are perhaps the most accurate sensory systems in the animal kingdom, capable of discerning variations in temperature of less than 0.0001 °C! (or was it 0.001 °C? Still impressive anyway)

  5. Marie

    That is one creepy looking snake. Why is it called a carpet Python? I’d rather deal with carpet beetles in my house than a carpet Python- yikes!

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