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Scientific name:
Morelia boeleni

Conservation Status:
Common

Where to see them in the zoo:
World of Reptiles

Fun Facts:

Boelen’s Pythons live at very high elevations, usually between 6,200 and 8,000 feet above sea level
 
Hatchlings are reddish-brown and attain the characteristic black and yellow coloration at about 2 years of age 

 Boelen’s python

Size: 
7 to 9 feet
 
Range:
Papua New Guinea
 
Habitat:
Rainforests in steep, cliff-ridden mountains. 
 
Lifestyle:
Each individual usually has an underground retreat, and it rarely moves very far from that area. Boelen’s pythons are ambush predators that typically lie in wait for their prey.  
 
Food:
Rats, bats, birds, cuscus
 
Life Cycle:
Very little is known about the life cycle of Boelen’s pythons, but it is known that females can lay anywhere from 10-20 eggs per clutch, and the eggs hatch in approximately 70 days. 
 
Some of My Neighbors (IN THE WILD):
Mountain cuscus, silky cuscus, tree kangaroos, echidnas. 
 
Population Status & Threats:
Although Boelen’s pythons are considered common, the high elevation and steep rugged terrain of their natural habitat makes obtaining an accurate population assessment very difficult. Their main threats are humans and occasional predation by birds of prey.