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PREY and PREDATION

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Boelen’s Pythons feed on a variety of animals throughout their life. Hatchlings feed readily on small lizards, mostly skinks, and frogs.

     

Photos by Spataro

Juvenile to adult Morelia boeleni prey upon; rats, bats, birds, the Mountain cuscus, Phalanger carmelitae, and the Silky cuscus, P. vestitus.

     

Photos by Baldogo

There are only two threats of predation on Boelen’s Pythons; one from humans and the other from an eagle that looks very similar to the American Bald Eagle.

   

Photos by Baldogo


Longevity records of 21 years have been recorded for captive Boelen’s Pythons, but it highly is unlikely that they live this long in the wild. Predation and parasites are likely causes of early death in their natural habitat.

 

 

 

Scat displaying fur found at one
of the many basking sites.
Photo by Spataro

Two examples of small rodents preyed upon by Morelia boeleni. Photo by Baldogo and Spataro

     

© 2007 Marc A. Spataro