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Woma Python


Quick Facts

Scientific name: Aspidites ramsayi
Class: Reptile
Length: 4.9 to 8.9 feet (1.5 to 2.7 meters)
Weight: 11 pounds (5 kilograms)
Life span: 16.8 years (MLE)
Incubation: 2 to 3 months
Number of eggs: 5 to 20 eggs
Conservation status: Endangered


Not venomous

Woma pythons have narrow, triangular heads while most pythons have rounded heads. They also lack the heat-sensing pits that most pythons have in their lips. The head shape and lack of pits makes it look like a venomous snake, however, this species is harmless to humans. Because of their looks, scientists thought that woma pythons weren’t affected by venom of other snakes. Studies since have found that some are immune and others aren’t.

Borrow the burrow

To escape the desert heat in the day, Woma pythons hide in abandoned reptile or mammal burrows, hollow logs, or vegetation. They will come back out to enjoy the cool night air. Woma pythons will not dig their own shelters, but will use their heads to dig and enlarge the old burrows.

Keep eggs warm

Similar to other constricting snakes, female woma pythons will wrap around their eggs and shiver to keep them warm. When the eggs hatch, the juvenile Womas are completely independent and will leave their mothers.

Tricking prey

Woma pythons hunt small mammals, birds, and other snakes at night. They trick their prey by hiding their bodies and wiggling the tips of their tails. The prey think the tails are food and go to eat it. Woma pythons wrap their tails around their prey and enjoy dinner in their burrows.


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