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Healesville Sanctuary

Black-headed Python

At Healesville Sanctuary you can see our Black-headed, Carpet (Diamond) and Centralian pythons.

The Black-headed Python is native to Australia and is found in the north of the country.

They are distinguished by their black heads, which contrast with their lighter coloured bodies, which are striped cream and black, grey and brown.

Black-headed Pythons are not considered to be a threatened species.

They grow up to 2 metres. They prefer humid tropical and dry habitats.

They are non-venomous and unlikely to bite. When they do bite, it hurts, because they have strong jaws.

Pythons feed on small mammals, reptiles, frogs, bats and sometimes birds. They squeeze (constrict) their prey until it suffocates.

Pythons lay their eggs in a protected place during warmer months and the female will incubate the eggs when it’s cold and protect the eggs from predators. Females of some species of python ‘shiver’ to generate heat to keep the eggs warm.

Meeting the pythons at Healesville Sanctuary is an important way to connect with the animals of Australia, and to learn about the Sanctuary’s conservation programs, especially those aimed at conserving threatened native species. The money you spend helps to support the Sanctuary’s conservation programs and its care of native wildlife, as well as fight species extinction.