I am a snakebreeder situated in Denmark. I have been keeping various snakes and other reptiles since 1995. But over the last few years my main focus have been more and more concentrated on primarily the amethistina complex.

Morelia amethistina (Scrub python)

I keep a small variety of Scrubpythons. Scrubpythons are large snakes originating from primarily papua and the surrounding islands.

For the time beeing I work with:

• 1.1 Morelia amethistina  “Jayapura”

• 1.1 Morelia amethistina “Merauke”

• 1.0 Morelia amethistina “Aru type 2 patternless”

• 0.1 Morelia amethistina “Wamena”

• 0.1 Morelia clastolepis “Moluccan”

• 0.1 Morelia amethistina “Oksibil”

The complex of the old amethistinas was divided and reclassified in 2000 by Barker, Harvey, Ammerman and Chippindale, where they also separated the Australian scrub python Morelia Kinghorni and documented 3 new species.

  • Morelia nauta. A rather small sized scrubpython originating from the Tanimbar Islands. These snakes come in a wide variety of forms: Spotted, patternless, axanthic, xanthic.
  • Morelia tracyae. A very rare and hard to keep species originating from the Halmahera islands.
  • Morelia clastolepis. A medium sized and quite stunning yellow scrub from the Mollucan islands of Seram and Ambon. This species is also known to come in a Axanthic form.

The remaining animals are as for now part of the Morelia amethistina complex and are known from several localities expanding throughout the Papua and PNG territory. Most commonly seen in the trade are the southern scrubs from Merauke and the northern barnecks from Sorong. However more localities do exist and most are even in the hobby. These days several of the snakes beeing imported from Indonesia merely as “Sorong” and “merauke” are in fact Jayapuras, Manokwaris, Wamenas and so on. Therefore be sure what you get and what you have. Cross breeding of localities does occur i the trade. Mainly because there is still an overall assumption amongst many keepers and breeders that a barneck is a barneck, therefore especially Sorong/Jayapura/Manokwari are often seen mixed together.

Morelia amethistina is the larger mainland species of the scrubpython complex. This species is known from several localities in both Papua and PNG, many of these are easily distinguished from each other. This group do also contain medium sized animals.

Some of these localities or forms do vary a lot in appearance. This may or may not be a result of collection sites in the outskirts of their range.

Known localities:

Northern race

  • Sorong                   average size 3,0 – 5,0 meter (10-16 ft)
  • Kofiau                    average size 3,0 – 3,5 meter  (9-12 ft)
  • Jayapura               average size 3,0 – 5,0 meter (10-16 ft)
  • Manokwari           average size 3,0 – 5,0 meter (10-16 ft)

 Central highland race 

  • Oksibil                   average size 3,0 – 3,5 meter (9-12 ft)
  • Wamena                average size 3,0 meter (9-10 ft)

  Southern race

  • Merauke                average size 3.0 – 3,5 meter (9-12 ft)
  • Biak                        average size 3,0 – 5,0 meter (9-16 ft)
  • Aru                          average size 3.0 meter (9-10 ft)

-The northern race is often referred to as barnecks

-The Aru form exists in 2 different types and are listed as Type 1 and 2

-The Merauke form is also known from a patternless form. This form was bred for the first time by a friend of mine; Kim Schøndorff in year 2011. Resulting in patternless offspring.

As of now we have only listed Papua localities as the PNG localities are not in the hobby due to the lack of collection permits. However there are some quiet interesting localities in this region.

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