Rare Woma Pythons are here!

Captive breeding programs are very important in maintaining the existence of many reptiles. With the destruction of natural habitats, over hunting and the introduction of alien species many animals find it nearly impossible to survive in the wild. This is the case for the Woma Python that has now become critically endangered in many parts of it’s native Australia.

Woma Pythons (Aspidites ramsayi), also known as Ramsay’s Python, are now being bred in this country and we are lucky enough to have a pair here. They don’t grow too large compared to many species of python, maybe reaching 5 feet in length.  They eat rodents, birds and other reptiles that they find in burrows under the ground.

As burrows can be too small to coil and constrict prey the Woma Python has adapted to use an unusual way of killing. They can force a loop of their body against their prey and literally crush them against the burrow wall! Our Womas here are fed more conventionally, being offered frozen mice, with long tweezers.


Photo by Pete Milligan

As you can see from the pictures they are a very attractive snake with bands running down the length of their bodies. Unlike other pythons they lack heat sensing pits around the mouth. Due to their natural life underground, they have evolved relatively small heads. Perfect for exploring nooks and crannies in burrows.

Have a look at the pictures and let me know what you think. Do you have room for something a little different in your collection?

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8 Responses to Rare Woma Pythons are here!

  1. Simon June 26, 2009 at 1:54 pm #

    How much are they?

  2. Joe Durbin June 30, 2009 at 12:58 pm #

    I saw these guys at the weekend. Ugly suckers but very interesting. Sticking to my new corn for the time being

  3. Jo (Hoggle's mum!) June 30, 2009 at 6:07 pm #

    I think they are gorgeous – and are on my wish list! 🙂

  4. Chris September 12, 2009 at 10:03 am #

    I think they are awesome, at the top of my wish list, just need to save and save and save some more 😛

  5. Abadi February 13, 2010 at 11:44 am #

    I Think theyre amazing, cute and interesting, i really love theyre bright colors!

  6. jamess April 25, 2010 at 6:29 am #

    i hate snakes, but looking at these pictures these are just gorgeus and, i am looking to buy a bearded dragon setup and a baby beardie can anyone help and WHERE IS THIS SHOP 🙂
    thankyou !!

  7. Hiver666 November 17, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    I luv womas, i have 2 NT and 2 QLD types
    one of my fav pythons

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