Today I want to write about one of my favourite snakes, the black-headed python. I got to hold one at my birthday when I turned seven and it was really cool.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These muscular pythons average about 2 metres in length, although they can grow to up to 3.5 metres.
- Their special black heads allow them to just expose their heads to the sun, enabling them to warm up without exposing their whole bodies.
- Most pythons have heat pits in their heads to help them to detect warm-blooded prey, but not these guys as they specialise in catching reptiles. They eat lizards and snakes, including some of the most venomous snakes in the world. They are immune to their venom and use their strong bodies to coil around and constrict their prey.
- Their only threats are dingos and humans. When threatened, they hiss and head-butt their attackers with their mouth closed.
- These common pythons are found throughout northern Australia in a range of habitats except for deserts.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about black-headed pythons?