Aspidites melanocephalus


The Black-headed Python has a moderately robust body and its head is not noticeably wider than its neck. The colour of the back and sides is cream, yellowish or light brown with numerous irregular dark brown or reddish-brown crossbands. The head, neck and throat are glossy jet black.


The Black-headed Python is found in the northern regions of Australia Black-headed Python occurs from around Gladstone in Queensland across the Northern Territory to the Western Australia coast near Cape Range National Park.

Oakvale Distribution Maps Black Headed Python
Black-headed Python Distribution Map


The lifespan of many of our reptiles has not been studied in great detail, many are considered to live an average of 20 - 30 years.


The Black-headed Python can attain lengths of 3 metres however 1.5 metres is considered an average for this species.


Lizards, snakes, reptile eggs, mammals and birds.


Inhabits arid shrubland and grassland, woodlands and dry sclerophyll forest.


A female Black-headed Python lays 6-14 eggs. The female will coil around the eggs for the duration of the incubation period.