This beautiful little snake is a baby female WOMA PYTHON (Aspidites ramsayi), a species from central and western Australia. Her name is Margot in honour of the brilliant Australian movie star Margot Robbie, to whom I had the pleasure of chatting at one of her movie premieres (Goodbye Christopher Robin) in London’s Leicester Square in September 2017! 

Woma python
Woma python

Margot hatched on August 1st 2021 and at the time of writing (October 2021) she weighs just over 70g and has a lot of growing to do! As you can see both above and below the Woma python is a beautifully banded snake species, with high contrast bands of pale yellow/cream and a much darker red/brown colour.

Woma python

Australia has strict export laws to protect their native animals so the only way to buy a Woma python is to buy one which has been bred in captivity, which is one thing that I insist on with all of my snakes anyway. Margot was hatched in Basingstoke, Hampshire on August 1st 2021! 

Woma python

The Woma is an unusual python in that it does not have heat-detecting pits on its face, and is one of only a very few species of python without them. For more information about these pits take a look here at my royal python page!

Like most pythons, the Woma python eats warm-blooded prey including rodents & birds. Instead of using heat detection to find their prey, they use the exceptionally keen sense of smell provided by their tongue!

Homer the Woma

Like all the pythons of the world, Woma pythons hatch from eggs. The breeder from whom I purchased Margot has very kindly provided me with permission to use the photographs below of some of the actual clutch of eggs from which Margot hatched, including this one actually hatching from its egg – it could be Margot but it is impossible to say!!

Woma python hatching

Photograph courtesy of Tom Middlebrook 

Reptile eggs need to absorb lots of water during the incubation process, so materials which retain water like perlite and vermiculite (a little of which can be seen in some of these pictures) are very useful! Here are some of Margot’s clutch mates pictured very soon after hatching – as you can see they are extremely cute and Margot is very possibly one of those pictured!

Newly hatched Woma pythons

Photograph courtesy of Tom Middlebrook

Newly hatched Woma pythons

Photograph courtesy of Tom Middlebrook

As you can see in the picture below, at the base of the tail there is an opening through which the female Woma’s eggs are being laid.  This opening is known as the cloaca. Every reptile has a cloaca and it is an opening through which both eggs and waste products are removed from the animal’s body, as well as being the opening from which the male reproductive organs are protruded during the mating process. Margot is definitely inside one of these eggs!

Woma python laying eggs

Photograph courtesy of Tom Middlebrook