Distribution: Pilbara and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia
Habitat: Shrublands in semi-arid regions
Description: The Pygmy Python has a reddish-brown head, sometimes with smaller dark brownish flecks on its crown. Its back is pale brown to red-brown with darker and irregularly sized blotches. It also has a whitish underbelly.
Diet: Pygmy Pythons are carnivores mostly feeding on small skinks, geckos and small mammals.
In the wild: These pythons are often found lying in the nooks and crannies of termite mounds or in rock crevices. By finding shelter under rocks, the python can avoid the extreme heat of the Pilbara, while waiting patiently for its prey.
Threats: Pygmy Pythons appear to be widespread and numerous in the Pilbara region. Tourism and mining dominate this area but tend to have little impact on the python’s natural habitat. Conservation parks in this area also help to protect this species.
At Perth Zoo: The Pygmy Python is located in the Reptile Encounter.
Did you know? The Pygmy Python is the world’s smallest python.