Friday 16 July is World Snake Day – a day dedicated to celebrating our ssslithering friends! Australia might be known for its dangerous snakes but there’s more to these reptiles than their reputation. From the world’s smallest python to an elusive homebody – Australia is home to some impressive snake species!

Black-headed python

Black-headed Python

Found in Northern Australia from the north-west coast of Western Australia to Queensland, the Black-headed Python is often mistaken for a venomous snake, but it’s not! In fact, this nocturnal snake feeds on large venomous snakes like the King Brown! They also power-up for their nocturnal antics by poking out their black head to absorb the sun’s energy.

Death Adder

Don’t let the name stop you from appreciating (from a very safe distance, of course) how wonderful and interesting the Death Adder is. They’re one of Australia’s deadliest snakes and the nineth most venomous snake in the world. Before antivenom was invented in 1958, reportedly between 50-60% of all Death Adder bites to humans that included venom injection were fatal. 

Dugite

Although Dugites can be timid, don’t let their shy demeanour fool you - they can fiercely defend themselves if feeling threatened, so you should never purposely approach one. Dugites actively seek out their prey and, when found, will strike with a two-pronged attack but injecting venom and constricting the animal! 

Olive Python

Olive Python

Found in the Pilbara region of Western Australia to north Queensland, the Olive Python is one of Australia’s largest snakes! Preferring to spend their time in caves and crevices, these homebodies have made it difficult for conservationists to gather detailed information about their population – until now! Read about how Perth Zoo’s Olive Pythons are helping researchers learn more about their elusive wild cousins

Pygmy Python

The Pygmy Python’s rich rust colour is ideal for camouflaging against the Aussie Outback. Whilst they might be the world’s smallest python, the Pygmy Python can tackle some big prey - feeding mostly on small skinks, geckos and small mammals!

Rough-scaled Python

Rough-scaled Python

Why, what big teeth you have! This python has exceptionally long teeth and will use its massive fangs to get a better grip of its furred and feathered pretty until it has been immobilised in the python’s coil. 


Woma

This Central and South-west Australian native is not like other pythons. Whilst most pythons will constrict their prey, the Woma will also crush prey against the walls of its burrow! 

Why not visit the hottest place in Perth this winter by stopping by the Australian Reptile House on your next trip to the Zoo and say G’day to these magnificent Aussie snakes!