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Black Headed Python

Black headed python is a species of nonvenomous snake belonging to the Pythonidae family, found in Australia. The species is terrestrial, but is an adept swimmer. It is popular as an exotic pet due to its docile temperament and striking color pattern.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Pythonidae
    Genus Aspidites
    Scientific Name Aspidites melanocephalus


    Length 1.5–2 m (4.9–6.6 ft); largest recorded specimen measures 3.5 m (11 ft)
    Weight Up to 16 kg
    Color Shades of black, dark gray, gold, brown, and cream patterned in stripe or spots; light colored underside with small dark spots; shiny black head extending down the neck and throat
    Distribution Australia
    Habitat Sclerophyll forests, scrubland plains, rocky areas, sparsely vegetated deserts
    Diet Mainly reptiles; also feed on small mammals, birds
    Predators Dingos
    Venom Fact Nonvenomous
    Breeding Season June to July
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 5 to 10 eggs
    Incubation Period 2 to 3 months
    Reproductive Age 4 to 5 years of age
    Average Lifespan 20 to 30 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Not Evaluated

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    Published on January 20th 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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