Black and striped

By AG STAFF 3 October 2017
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A portrait by the river

“A beautiful black-headed python (Aspidites melanocephalus) near a river in the Port Hedland region of Western Australia.”

The most obvious characteristic of the black-headed python is its black head and neck, closely followed by the dark banding along the length of the snake. This species can grow to reach 2.5 metres in length with females tending to grow larger than males, and inhabit northern Australia, from central Queensland to the Pilbara region of Western Australia. They can be found living in rocky outcrops, along water courses, in hollow logs and down burrows and during warmer months are nocturnal.


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