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  Woma Python (Aspidites ramsayi)





Woma Python | Aspidites ramsayi photo
Woma Python, Uluru, Northern Territory

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WOMA PYTHON FACTS

Description
The Woma Python has an orange head and a light tan coloured body with darker bands. According to the book "Pythons of Australia", by Brian Kend, Womas from Western Australia and the Northern Territory tend to have a cream to yellow background with orange-red to brown dorsal bands with an average length of 4 to 5 feet. Specimens from Queensland have an orange-yellow head and grey-brown dorsolateral pattern, blackish markings over the eyes and seldom exceed 5 feet in length. The specimens from south Western Australia to the Simpson Desert, Northern Territories are the largest, reaching 8 to 9 feet in length, and are drab brown, sometimes almost black to olive green in color.

Other Names
Woma

Size
to 3m long

Habitat
sand country

Food
The Woma Python eats mainly other reptiles - lizards or snakes, including many species of venomous snakes. It is immune to venomous snake bites. It seeks out its prey by entering a burrow or hole

Breeding
Womas thrive in captivity. They are a clean animal with no special humidity requirements and generally very low maintenance and feed well in captivity.

Range
central Australia

Conservation Status
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "endangered".

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Boidae
Genus:Aspidites
Species:ramsayi
Common Name:Woma Python

Relatives in same Genus
  Black-headed Python (A. melanocephalus)