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Threatened species

Woma - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Aspidites ramsayi
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 07 Sep 2017


The Woma is a large python that is on average 1.5 m long, but may reach up to 2.7 m. It is olive-brown to reddish-brown above with darker cross-bands along the length of the body (from the neck to the tail-end). The underparts are yellow to cream with pink or brown blotches.


The Woma occurs in north-western NSW, east to about Louth and Bourke. In was last recorded in these eastern districts in the late 1890s, and in 1983 from the Tibooburra region. Its range and abundance in south-eastern Australia is considered to be undergoing serious decline.

Habitat and ecology

  • Terrestrial, inhabiting subtropical to temperate deserts and sandy plains, as well as dunefields and deep cracking black soil plains in semi-arid areas.
  • Occurs in hummock grasslands, shrublands or woodlands and shelters in animal burrows, hollow logs or under grass hummocks.
  • Feeds at night on lizards, snakes, birds and small mammals, which it captures using a range of strategies; known to rely on ambush predation in a manner similar to death adders (Acanthophis spp.) by using its tail to lure prey; also actively forages on the ground, in animal burrows and in trees.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Broken Hill ComplexBarrier Range Known None
Broken Hill ComplexBarrier Range Outwash Predicted None
Broken Hill ComplexMootwingee Downs Predicted None
Channel CountryBulloo Dunefields Predicted None
Channel CountryCentral Depression Predicted None
Channel CountryCore Ranges Predicted None
Channel CountrySturt Stony Desert Predicted None
Cobar PeneplainBoorindal Plains Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsBogan-Macquarie Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsCastlereagh-Barwon Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsLouth Plains Predicted None
Mulga LandsCuttaburra-Paroo Predicted None
Mulga LandsKerribree Basin Predicted None
Mulga LandsNebine Plains Predicted None
Mulga LandsParoo Overflow Predicted None
Mulga LandsUrisino Sandplains Predicted None
Mulga LandsWarrego Sands Predicted None
Mulga LandsWest Warrego Predicted None
Mulga LandsWhite Cliffs Plateau Predicted None
Other StateSA Known None
Simpson Strzelecki DunefieldsStrzelecki Desert Known None