Like other pythons, Stimson’s python is non-venomous and kills its prey by constricting it with its powerful body (5) (6). The diet of this species includes a range of small mammals, birds, lizards and sometimes frogs (2) (3) (5), and heat-sensitive pits in the scales around its mouth help it to detect warm-blooded prey (2) (5) (6).
Although it is usually found on the ground, Stimson’s python is quite agile and is able to climb well (2). This small python copes with the extreme weather conditions in its habitat by remaining active over a wide range of air temperatures, ceasing its activity only during the coldest months of the year. It is most active after rainfall, when relative humidity is high and prey species such as frogs are likely to be abundant (3).
Like other pythons, Stimson’s python lays eggs (2) (5) (6) (8). The clutch size of this species is reported to range from 6 to 15 eggs (2), and as in other pythons it is likely that the female Stimson’s python shows an unusual level of maternal care, coiling around the eggs and guarding them until they hatch (5) (6).