Featherdale Wildlife Park - Sydney Australia

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pythons

At Featherdale Wildlife Park we care for a wide range of Australian native species. We intend to document them in detail for your reference on our website. This is a work in progress. Please let us know if you would like to learn more about a specific species that is not yet listed and we'll add them to the top of the list.

Woma Python

Aspidites ramsayi

Facts and figures

KINGDOM

Animalia

PHYLUM

Chordata

CLASS

Reptilia

ORDER

Squamata

FAMILY

Pythonidae

GENUS

Aspidites

SPECIES

ramsayi

En_Status

Species status information sourced from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

Did you know?

  • Woma Python are also known as Ramsay's python and Sand Python

  • Woma Pythons are listed as Vulnerable in New South Wales.

  • Woma Python’s suffocate their prey in their burrows by pressing them again the wall with their body.

  • Woma Pythons have a much smaller head than most pythons, which is used to dig and burrow their way underground.

Description

Woma Pythons are a beautifully-striped Australian snake, 1.5-2.7m in length. The upperparts are olive-brown to reddish-brown with darker bands running across the body from neck to tail. The underparts are yellowish-cream with pink or brown blotching. The head is small and dark olive-brown with blackish-brown eyes, and the tail is long and narrow to a tip.


Habitat

Woma Pythons are a terrestrial species, and inhabit deserts and sandy plains that are subtropical to temperate, as well as dunefields and soil plains in semi-arid areas. They also occur in hummock grasslands, shrublands or woodlands, and are known to shelter in animal burrows, hollow logs or under grass hummocks.


Diet

Woma Pythons are a carnivorous, non-venomous species. They utilise various methods of attack, including simple foraging in burrows, nests and trees, and using their tail tip as a lure and ambushing their prey. They feed on lizards, birds, small mammals and snakes- including venomous species’, constricting their prey until suffocation occurs. Unlike most pythons, Woma Pythons do not possess heat-sensing pits in their head.


Social organisation and Reproduction

As with most species of snake, Woma Pythons are a solitary species, coming together only for the breeding season of May-July. Females will lay a clutch of 5-19 eggs in a secluded area or burrow, and incubate them for approximately 50-60 days. Upon hatching, hatchlings will leave and be completely self-sufficient.

Centralian python

Morelia bredli

facts and figures

KINGDOM

Animalia

PHYLUM

Chordata

CLASS

Reptilia

ORDER

Squamata

FAMILY

Pythonidae

GENUS

Morelia

SPECIES

M. bredli

Did you know?

  • Arboreal locomotion is the locomotion of animals in trees.

  • Centralian Python is also known as Bredl's python, Centralian carpet python, central Australian carpet python, Bredl's carpet python, central Australian Bredl's carpet python, central Bredl's carpet python.

Centralian Carpet Python

Description

This is a heavily built species with adults approaching or exceeding 2 metres in total length. The colour pattern consists of a brown to reddish ground colour with a highly variable pattern of pale intrusions. There are normally black borders around the intrusions that become more extensive around the tail. The belly is yellowish to pale cream


Habitat

Prefers very arid desert areas. Normally arboreal, inhabiting ranges and rocky outcrops. Found in southern Northern Territory of Australia.


Diet

These snakes prey upon a variety of lizards, frogs, birds, mammals.