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Species page for: Black headed Python (Aspidites melanocephalus)


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A brief snippet about Black-headed python (Aspidites melanocephalus)

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Natural Habitat
Black headed python by Pilbara Pythons (Aus.)

The black headed python is easy to identify with its shiny black head and neck. Although their body coloration and pattern does not vary considerably there is noticeable differences in coloration between the ones found here in the Pilbara district of W.A compared to Black headed found in the N.T and Queensland which tend to have a much darker body colour.

Captive Care
Eastern Black-Headed Pythons - Split Rock Reptiles

Split Rock Breeding Stock Natural History Captive Husbandry Breeding Egg Incubation and Neonate Care

Fact Sheet - VPI

Common name: Black-headed python Scientific name: Aspidites melanocephalus Other common names: none in common usage General Description: The most obvious characteristic of this taxon is the black head and neck. This is a relatively long slender snake, the body is pale patterned with 70-100 dark bands.

Breeders & Retailers
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Clay Davenport Captive bred Reptiles

Don Patterson Pythons and Boas

Incredible looks, impressive size, and relatively calm disposition make blackheads a great python to own. I am working with both eastern and western localities. Although hatchlings may take several months to start feeding, they soon turn into eating machines.

Doug Taylor - USA

Some snakes are cool, some are impressive. There are just a select few that are simply awesome. The Black Head Python (Aspidites melanocephalus) is one of the most awesome. There is an Eastern and Western phase of Black Head Python. The eastern type gets a bit larger and is the type I'm working with. My experience with the Black Head Pythons (BHP's) is that they are pretty calm snakes. The female tends to be a bit jumpy once she has gotten good and warm, but with just a few degrees of cooling at night, seems to be quite mellow. Once in hand she's quite docile. The male is always docile.

Eastern Black-Headed Pythons - SplitRock Reptiles


Rainbow Boa and Cambridge Reptiles have arranged export breeders in North America and Germany and are able to offer the animals listed below. Please note these are not cheap animals. These are high quality animals from breeders with the same breeding principles as us. We are able to accept credit card payment for these animals. All animals are unrelated to stock currently available in the UK, unless expressly stated. Many other animals will become available through these sources later in the year, so please contact us with details of your requirements. (Please note ALL animals, including Dwarf Monitors, will be accompanied by correct CITES paperwork)


UK - Paul Harris

As well as the '06 offspring we also have some 2005 babies available now! Please e-mail Paul Harris or Ian Aldridge at UK Pythons for current availability.

Harford Reptile Breeding Center

Natures Window - Black-headed Python


More Info.
Australian Aspidites Web Page

The two pythons which make up the Genus Aspidites, the Blackheaded Python, Aspidites melanocephalus and the Woma, Aspidites ramsayi (SA form). Both of these snakes are yearlings, captive bred in 1998.


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