Scientific name: Aspidites melanocephalus
Family: Pythonidae
Order: Squamata
Status: Non-Venomous

Habitat and Distribution

Found in a wide variety of habitats in Northern Australia.

About the animal:

  • The head is a glossy black and the body is usually creamish with dark blotches;
  • They grow to a maximum length of 3m;
  • Juveniles have more strongly contrasting banding;
  • Nocturnal;
  • Relatively amiable but when harassed will flatten head and neck and hiss loudly.

What they eat?

Preys almost exclusively on reptiles. After the prey has been captured it is quickly wrapped in coils and suffocated.


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