The dwarf python has a broad head and small, tubercular head shields.
Its upper lip has five heat-sensitive labial pits.
Its body scales are small, smooth and in 57 to 61 rows.
The dwarf python's head has a large, triangular reddish-brown mark that is bordered by a white, black-edged band.
Its body is pale red-brown, with black-edged, white spots and bands.
Its belly is yellowish with a few brown spots.