Woma pythons are considered a quiet or shy snake and are rarely seen due to their patchy distribution and taking shelter in burrows. Womas lure in their prey by wiggling the end of their tail to entice the prey to go after it. They kill their prey by constriction. They may also seek small prey in burrows. When they do that, a burrow is usually too small for a woma to be able to coil around its prey; the woma kills the prey by crushing it against the burrow wall. Adult womas bear scars from the resistance of their prey in burrows because the prey is not killed as quickly as by constriction with coils.
Status in the Wild
Womas have an orange head with a gray, olive, golden-brown, or light tan body with darker bands across their skin. Their belly is cream to yellow in color.
Their populations are severely declining due to human encroachment and habitat destruction.
Listed as "endangered" on the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources).
Listed on Schedule 4 (Specially Protected Fauna) of the Western Australian Wildlife Conservation Act.