return to main index

  mobile - desktop
follow us on facebook follow us on twitter follow us on YouTube link to us on LinkedIn
click here for Rodent Pro  
click here for Nature Zone
This Space Available
3 months for $50.00
Locate a business by name: click to list your business
search the classifieds. buy an account
events by zip code list an event
Search the forums             Search in:
News & Events: Herp Photo of the Day: Happy Earth Day! . . . . . . . . . .  Herp Photo of the Day: Happy Rattlesnake Friday! . . . . . . . . . .  Chicago Herpetological Society Meeting - April 24, 2019 . . . . . . . . . .  ReptiCon Costa Mesa - Apr. 26-28, 2019 . . . . . . . . . .  Bay Area Amph. and Reptile Society Meeti - April 26 , 2019 . . . . . . . . . .  Suncoast Herp Society Meeting - April 27, 2019 . . . . . . . . . .  ReptiCon Gulfport - Apr. 27-28, 2019 . . . . . . . . . .  ReptiCon Chattanooga - Apr. 27-28, 2019 . . . . . . . . . .  Hamburg Reptile Show - Apr. 27, 2019 . . . . . . . . . .  Central Illinois Herp Society Meeting - May 02, 2019 . . . . . . . . . .  Calusa Herp Society Meeting - May 02, 2019 . . . . . . . . . .  ReptiCon New Port Richey - May 04-05, 2019 . . . . . . . . . . - Reptile & Amphibian Encylopedia

Woma. (2008, October 19). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:14, January 2, 2010, from

Aspidites ramsayi is a species of snake found in Australia. Once common throughout Western Australia, it has become critically endangered in some regions.

One of two species of Aspidites, the Pitless pythons, an Australian genus of the Pythonidae. They are known by the common names of Ramsay's python, Woma and Sand python.[2][3][4][5]

Adults average 1.5 m (4.5 feet) in length. The head is narrow and the eyes small. The body is broad and flattish in profile while the tail tapers to a thin point. The scales are small and smooth and in appearance. The dorsal scales are smooth with 50-65 rows at midbody, 280-315 ventral scales, an undivided anal plate and 40-45 mostly single subcaudal scales. Some of the posterior subcaudals may be irregularly divided.

The color may be pale brown to nearly black. The pattern consists of a ground colour that varies from medium brown and olive to lighter shades of orange, pink and red, overlaid with darker striped or brindled markings. The belly is cream or light yellow with brown and pink blotches. The scales around the eyes are usually a darker color than the rest of the head.

A. ramsayi may reach a total length of 2.3 m, with a snout-vent length of 2.0 meters. Aspidites lack the heat sensing pits of all other pythons. Aspidites ramsayi is similar in appearance to Morelia spilota imbricata, but without an obvious neck. The colouration or desire to locate this species may lead to confusion with the venomous species Gwardar.[2]

Found in Australia in the west and center of the country: from Western Australia through southern Northern Territory and northern South Australia to southern Queensland and northwestern New South Wales. Its range may be discontinuous. The type locality given is "near Forte Bourke" [New South Wales, Australia].[1]

The range in Southwest Australia extends from Shark Bay, along the coast and inland regions, and was previously common on sandplains. The species was recorded in regions to the south and east, with once extensive wheatbelt and goldfield populations.[2]

This species is classified as Endangered (EN) on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.[6] A species is listed as such when the best available evidence indicates that a population reduction of at least 50% has occurred over the last 10 years or three generations, whichever is the longer, based on a decline in area of occupancy, extent of occurrence and/or quality of habitat. It is therefore considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild. Year assessed: 1996.[7]

The Adelaide Zoo in South Australia is co-ordinating a captive breeding program for the species, and the offspring raised are being released back into the Arid Recovery Reserve near Roxby Downs in the states north.

Many populations in the southwest of the country, since the 1960s, became critically endangered by altered land use. The sharp decline in numbers,without an authenticated record since 1989, was most notable in the Wheatbelt areas.[2]

Largely nocturnal. By day this snake may be found sheltering in hollow logs or under leaf debris.

These snakes prey upon a variety of terrestrial vertebrates such as small mammals, ground birds and lizards. They catch much of their prey in burrows where there is not enough room to maneuver coils around their prey; instead, the woma pushes a loop of its body against the animal so it is pinned against the side of the burrow. Many adult womas are covered in scars from retaliating rodents as this technique doesn't kill prey as quickly as normal constriction.[8]

Although this species will take warm-blooded prey when offered, Aspidites ramsayi prey mainly on reptiles. Perhaps due to this, species within the Aspidites family lack the characteristic heat sensing pits of pythons, although they possess an equivalent sensory structure in their rostral scales.[9]

Oviparous with 5-20 eggs per clutch. Females remain coiled around their eggs until they hatch, with the incubation period lasting 2-3 months.

Considered to be more active than many pythons, as well as being a very docile and "easy to handle" snake, the Woma is highly sought after in the reptile, and exotic pet trade. They are one of the hardiest python species in captivity, often readily accepting pre-killed rodents. Although it is considered to be an endangered species, mainly due to the destruction of its natural habitat, this snake will breed in captivity.

Woma. (2008, October 19). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:14, January 2, 2010, from

This article has been read 357 times.
Sponsored Link
Zoo Med Reptile Foods
advertise here

New & Updated Business Listings

Looking for a reptile or amphibian related business? A reptile store, breeder, importer, maunfacturer or supplier? Our business directory lists some of the most popluar herp businesses in the world.
Locate a reptile or amphibian business by name:
• Reptile Family Expo Lebanon...
• Backwater Reptiles
• ReptMart
• Jungle Bob's Reptile World
• FlChams
• Patrick Flanigan, Esquire -...
•  Pittsburgh Reptile Show & ...
• Reptile Encounters - Austra...
• Exotic Pets Las Vegas
• Northwest Zoological Supply
• FlChams
• - Ron Trem...
• Trempers Lizard Ranch
• LLLReptile and Supply San D...
• LLLReptile and Supply Menif...
• LLLReptile and Supply Las V...
• LLLReptile and Supply Escon...
• LLL Reptile and Supply Oce...
list your business on

Banner Pool

Click here for Freedom Breeder Cages
$100.year special flat rate banner! - click for info

  Search reptile or amphibian businesses by keyword:   search the classifieds. buy an account
state/province law database
search the forums.
search in: