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Woma Python

Aspidites ramsayi

Quick Facts

Scientific name: Aspidites ramsayi
Class: Reptile
Weight: 2 to 11 pounds
Life span: 15 to 20 years
Conservation status: Least concern
Number of offspring: 5 to 20 eggs at a time

About

I LIVE IN AUSTRALIA

The carpet python is native to Australia and can be found in shrublands and woodlands habitats. They just one of the many species that are able to survive in central Australia, otherwise known as the Australian Outback.


I AM A CARNIVORE

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.


WOMA PYTHONS ARE SOLITARY

This species is very solitary and only comes together during mating season.


GOT THE SHIVERS

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.


HELPING THE WOMA PYTHON IN THE WILD

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo supports Greening Australia, a conservation organization that works towards providing healthy, productive landscapes where people and nature thrive.


I AM IMPORTANT TO THE ECOSYSTEM

As a predator, the woma python plays an important role in keeping certain species’ populations under control.


Conservation

Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.

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