Alice Springs Reptile Centre

The Black-headed Python (Aspidites melanocephalus) is native to Australia and is found in the northern part of Australia, but not found in the very arid regions.

Most reptiles raise their body temperature by basking in the sun. The distinctive black colouring of this python’s head is probably a further refinement in temperature control. From the comparative safety of a rock ledge, the snake can raise it’s body temperature by exposing only the head to sunlight. The brain heats quickly and the warmed blood is circulated through the body.


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  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Suborder: Serpentes
  • Family: Pythonidae
  • Genus: Aspidites
  • Species: A. melanocephalus
  • Binomial name: Aspidites melanocephalus