Species group: Boas, Anacondas and Pythons
Other common names: Ramsay's Python
Scientific name: Aspidites ramsayi
The Woma Python is native to arid regions of central and western Australia.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), the wild population is considered to be endangered.
impressive colors, beautiful python, favorite Python
rarity, aggressive behaviour, feisty personality, beginners, right temperatures
Australian python, deep substrate
Active and interesting - but rare.
I recently had the opportunity to buy one of this rare species of Australian python. My workplace bought a couple in from a breeder in Germany, and I couldn't resist keeping one for myself. I'm fairly new to working with this snake, as they're quite hard to obtain, but so far he has been very easy to care for. He has striking colours, and a feisty personality - has never bitten, but is happy to try and scare me off! Luckily I don't scare that easy, and once picked up he accepts it. I think that as an adult he will be fairly tame, as he's already calmed down a lot.
The main reason this species isn't really a great pet is simply that they are hard to obtain, as no animals have been exported from Australia for decades, there are only a small amount of them in captivity.
As snakes go, I've found my Woma to be quite active during the day, which is refreshing, as most snakes are fully nocturnal. This means he's quite an interesting display, enjoying burrowing through his deep substrate as well as climbing on the branches I've provided. If you do have the opportunity to own one, as long as you're willing to provide the right temperatures and humidity (quite simple requirements), then I think they could make a good pet.
The rarity of the species is going to stop most people from keeping them though, and if you're just looking for a pet there are many other snakes that would be more suitable..
From Athravan Jun 14 2015 4:54AM
Woma Python - not for beginners unless you like getting bitten
I have only owned one Woma Python and it has turned me off ever owning a Woma Python again. The Woma Python I owned was approximately 5-6 months old when I purchased him from an interstate breeder with a great reputation. Unfortunately, only a few months in, my Woma became extremely cage defensive and I couldn't even walk past his glass enclosure without him striking at me. This then meant that I could barely handle him without gloves/a hook, and even then it was a risk. Womas are known to be particularly aggressive feeders and will respond to almost anything that looks or smells like food, so you must be very careful to wash your hands after feeding (if not using tongs). Apart from the temperament, my Woma was a fairly easy snake to care for enclosure-wise. They do not require any outrageous habitat set up and therefore are quite easy to keep if you can get past the fact that you will probably get bitten more often than not. Womas are a beautiful python to look at but unfortunately are known for their aggressive behaviour especially around feeding time, so in that case, I would not recommend Woma Pythons to beginner keepers..
From tarafritz Aug 18 2015 1:19AM