BLACK-HEADED PYTHON Aspidites melanocephalus (Krefft, 1864)
This distinctive, heavy-bodied snake attains 2 m or more in length and is found throughout tropical and adjacent dry parts of Australia.
The scalation is smooth with 50-65 mid-body rows, 315-355 ventrals, single anal and 60-75 mainly divided subcaudals.
Found in all types of habitat, this ground-dwelling snake is usually encountered moving about at night. Although it will hiss a lot and raise its head when ambushed, it is inoffensive and will rarely bite. It feeds on mammals, birds, lizards and snakes, including venomous types.
In the Pilbara region this species is commonly found inside termite mounds, where it feeds on marsupial mice Antechinus spp., and seeks refuge from the daytime heat.
Eggs are thought to be laid about December. About ten are produced. The hatchlings measure about 50 cm long.
Python Taxonomy (as of 2000).
The above was from the book Australian Reptiles and Frogs by Raymond Hoser and now available on a fantastic CD-Rom along with a vast amount of other information, papers and the like on reptiles, frogs and other wildlife.