Aspidites ramsayi

Description

The Woma Python has a cream to yellow belly with a grey, olive, golden brown or rich red-brown back, ringed with darker bands. The body is broad and flat in profile, tapering to a small, thin tail. Averaging a length of 1.5 metres, the Woma can grow to a length of 2.7 metres.

Habitat

The Woma is a true desert species with their habitat ranging across the Australian interior from northern Western Australia into the south-western edge of Queensland, and into northern South Australia.

Diet

Womas hunt at night on sandy plains for other snakes, small mammals and birds.

Breeding

Womas breed between May and August, with females laying a clutch of 5-19 eggs in September through to October. Females incubate the eggs for two months by coiling around the clutch. If the clutch becomes cold, the female will ‘shiver’ to generate heat from muscular activity to warm the clutch. When the eggs hatch, the juvenile Womas are independent.