Black-headed Python

Aspidites melanocephalus

Avg. Length: 2.5 (m)

Temp: 28-36°C under the heat source

Min. Cage Size: 1200L x 600W x 600H (mm)

Feeding: 1 adult rat every 10 days.

Before you get a Black-headed Python, you need to know exactly what you’re in for. The ones from Queensland (Qld) can get huge, and are among the biggest snakes in the country. One of the biggest snakes we’ve ever had at Snake Ranch was a monster BHP from Qld. Animals from Western Australia (WA) on the other hand are much smaller, but still attain lengths of over 2m. What they lack in size they more than make up for in looks, though. Specimens from the Pilbara region in WA are a spectacular looking snake.

While not quite in the Woma class as far as handling and temperament go, they will often put on a bit of a show, but are generally reluctant to bite.

This species represents a stunning addition to any collection but is probably not an ideal choice as a first snake


 Photo courtesy of Greg Cruise

Photo courtesy of Colin South

Photo courtesy of Joanne Payne

adult NT black-headed python

hatchling NT black-headed python
hatchling Qld black-headed python

hatchling Qld black-headed python

adult Sandfire WA locale black-headed python

hatchling Sandfire WA locale black-headed python

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