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Black-headed python

black-headed python (Aspidites melanocephalus)
Alpha, Queensland
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Aspidites melanocephalus - (Krefft, 1864)
Pronunciation  ASS-pid-EE-tayz   MEL-ann-oh-KEFF-ah-luss
Etymology  Aspidites: 'shield-bearer', referring to the large scales on the head.
melanocephalus: 'black-headed'.
Other names   
Total length
Species avg: 155 cm
Species max: 250 cm
Clutch size
Average: 8
Range: 5 - 12
Length and clutch size information comes from a variety of sources, but primarily from Shine (1991) and Cogger (2000).
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Northern half of Australia, except for extremely arid areas. South to about North West Cape in Western Australia, and Gladstone in Queensland

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia


Open woodlands, shrublands, outcrops, humid coastal forests, and seasonally-dry tropical woodlands.

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