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A definitive and authoratative book on Australia's Reptiles and Frogs.  It is now available on CD-rom along with over 100 definitive reptile-related publications - It is a WOMA Aspidites ramsayi (Macleay, 1882)
The Woma is found in many parts of Australia, in all forms of desert habitat, ranging from saltbush plains and mulga scrubs to spinifex plains. It averages 2 metres in length. Young specimens often have black markings on their beads, while Queensland specimens have dark markings around the eyes and are slightly greyer in general colour.
This snake is similar in habit to, and closely related to, the Black-headed Python, although they do not appear to interbreed in the wild. In parts of the Pilbara, Western Australia, both species occur together. Populations of Womas in southern Western Australia (Aspidites ramsayi panoptes) have declined sharply in recent years. Some people call the Woma the Sand Python, because of its preference for sandy habitats, and its habit of occupying other animals' burrows in these areas.
The scalation is smooth with 50-65 mid-body rows, 280-315 ventrals, single anal and 40-55 mainly single subcaudals.
These snakes feed on reptiles, mammals, etc., and lay about nine eggs in December. Hatchlings measure 50 cm.

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