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"Morelia (genus)"

Morelia (genus). (2009, July 5). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 07:16, January 5, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Morelia_(genus)&oldid=300349029

Morelia is a genus of large snakes in the Pythonidae family. They are found in Indonesia, New Guinea, and throughout Australia. Currently, 8 species are recognized.[3]

In general, these snakes are arboreal to semi-arboreal, spending much of their life in the forest canopy. Although there are exceptions, most attain adult lengths of 2 - 3 m (5 - 8 feet). They are the only known predators of frill-necked lizards.

Found from Indonesia in the Maluku Islands, east through New Guinea, including the Bismark Archipelago and in Australia.[1]

There are eight species recognised at ITIS.[3]

The species is a "well characterised fossil taxon", related to the extant Morelia spilota and Morelia oenpelliensis.[4]

Morelia (genus). (2009, July 5). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 07:16, January 5, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Morelia_(genus)&oldid=300349029

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