Black-headed Pythons

Aspidites melanocephalus


     Black-headed Pythons are found throughout the Northern parts of Australia from North-West of Western Australia through Northern Territory into Queensland on the East coast of Australia.

Black-headed Pythons reach an average length of 2.5m & are large, robust animals that lack labial pits (heat sensing pits). Black-headed Pythons or “BHPs” are an amazing animal & as their common name implies, there head and neck are a glossy black with a body that is generally cream, yellow, and brown to reddish brown with black/brown bands. Animals from the Western range are paler in coloration with darker sharp banding.

In captivity Black-headed pythons are easily maintained, low maintenance animals. They usually exhibit a calm, relaxed nature but can become startled when awoken or disturbed and may put on a threat display, raising their body into a large, winding “S” shape while hissing loudly and attempting to strike and bite with mouth open. This species is known for striking with its mouth closed and “head butting” in an attempt to discourage its handler from further disturbance.

BHP’s are terrestrial pythons and as such should be kept in larger shorter sized enclosures rather than tall. BHPs are known as the “bull dogs” of the python world and will test their limits as such, and proceed to press up against their enclosure walls looking for a sign of weakness. Any water bowls or hide boxes need to be of heavy sturdy material otherwise these will be shifted around the animal’s confines.

Adult Black-headed Pythons will readily accept thawed rodents, rabbit, chick and quail. Hatchlings can be a little more difficult to establish on thawed rodents with assist feeding being a common practice with these juvenile pythons. This is done until the animal voluntarily accepts food on its own. However once feeding these pythons will rarely miss a feed and will even continue feeding whilst shedding.