Woma python makes rare appearance at Uluru

The increase in temperature is making snake sightings in and around the park more common

The warm weather has brought this woma python out into the sunshine

PhD candidate Drew Dittmer thinks this one may be a female heating up her body during the day in order to develop her eggs more quickly

PhD candidate Drew Dittmer thinks this one may be a female heating up her body during the day in order to develop her eggs more quickly

We’ve had a most unusual visitor at Park Headquarters over the last few weeks, this woma python – or as the locals call it, kuniyaKuniya holds a very significant place for us all at Uluru as it is one of the creation ancestors of the rock. It’s quite rare to see it too -some staff have been here for more than five years without seeing one.

This particular snake is about a metre long and seems to be living under the platforms near the park’s offices. It’s been seen several days in a row, happily curled up in the sunshine.

We still don’t know much about how many woma pythons live in the park, or exactly where – we think they’re active at night hunting smaller animals, such as some of our native rodents. Drew Dittmer is currently researching amphibians and reptiles in the park for his PhD, and is out on some of our restricted tracks at night. He’s seen several of the pythons recently.

While kuniya is not poisonous, it’s important to give any snake space and not get too close.

If you’re visiting us in the park soon – or heading out in the bush – please remember these animals are wild and should be treated with caution. Our advice is to move slowly and allow the snake to move where it wants. By all means take photographs, but do not get too close. If a snake feels threatened it will defend itself.

Richie, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

 

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