Woma Python | Aspidites Ramsayi | Information and Care Sheet
The Ramsay or Woma Python, scientifically referred to as the Aspidites Ramsayi is a species of snake found in Australia. Although this was once common in the Western part, this specie has become seriously endangered in some regions.
In 1996, this specie was declared as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) in their Red List of Threatened Species. During the past 10 years, a group of Australian specialists working with the IUCN, showed a 50% decline of this species’ population. Although endangered, the Adelaide Zoo in South Australia is coordinating a captive breeding program for these species.
The adult Woma Python averages a length of 1.5 m (4.5 feet). Its head is narrow and the eyes are small. Its body is broad and somewhat flattish, while the tail gets thinner to a point. The scales are small, fine, and smooth and in appearance. The Woma Python’s dorsal scales are smooth with around 50-65 rows at midbody. The color may be pale brown to nearly black. The pattern consists of a color that varies from brown and olive to lighter shades of pink, orange and red that is covered with darker stripe. Its belly is cream or light yellow in color, with brown and pink blotches. The scales around the eyes are usually darker than the rest of the head’s color.
Family: Boidae python
Scientific name: Aspidites ramsayi
Author of species: (Macleay, 1882 )
The Aspidites Ramsayi belong to the Boidae family—a group of non-poisonous snakes. Like most of the snakes, they kill their victims by constriction or strangulation. They feed on small mammals, lizards, and birds. They also feed on rodents attacking them in their own burrows. When there is not enough room to coil on the rodents, the Woma Python, pins the animal on the side of their burrow. Many adult Womas have scars on their body due to these types of attacks, as this technique isn’t as good as the normal strangulation. These snakes are highly nocturnal. During the day, the Woma Python may be found under leaves or hollow logs, where they take cover.
Mating occurs from May to August. The laying of eggs usually takes place in September and October. The female Woma lays around14 to 19 eggs. The incubation period lasts for about 57 days. The female Woma stays coiled around the eggs until they hatch.