Habitat: Indonesia & New Guinea Status: Not listed
Boelen’s python (Morelia boeleni) is a non-venomous python with amazing coloration. At first the snake appears to be just black and white patterned, but on closer inspection – and in just the right light – the black scales take on an iridescent sheen. It reminds me of an oil slick!Papua New Guinea holds this creature in the highest esteem, giving it the best legal protection possible. Locally it is also known as the Blu Moran or Papa Graun. It’s usually found on the forest floor, though it’s known to be a really skilled tree climber.
Sadly, this species is threatened by the illegal pet trade.
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