Woma Pythons

Aspidites ramsayi

womaaa    The Woma python Aspidites ramsayi, commonly known as Ramsay’s python, Woma, and sand python, is a species of snake endemic to Australia. Once common throughout Western Australia, it was once critically endangered in some regions but has now made a remarkable come back in captivity.

Adults average 1.2m for western types through to 1.8m for the South Australian locales with averages of 1.5 m (4.5 feet) in total length for NT locales. The head is narrow and the eyes small. The body is broad and flattish in profile while the tail tapers to a thin point.

The color may be pale brown to nearly black. The pattern consists of a ground colour that varies from medium brown and olive to lighter shades of orange, pink, and red, overlaid with darker striped or brindled markings. The belly is cream or light yellow with brown and pink blotches. The scales around the eyes are usually a darker color than the rest of the head.

Snakes of the genus Aspidites lack the heat sensing pits of all other pythons. Aspidites ramsayi is similar in appearance to Aspidites melanocephalus, but without an obvious black head & neck.

Found in Australia from Western Australia through southern Northern Territory and northern South Australia to southern Queensland and northwestern New South Wales. The range in Southwest Australia extends from Shark Bay, along the coast and inland regions, and was previously common on sand plains. The species was recorded in regions to the south and east, with once extensive wheatbelt and goldfield populations.