Ball Python

Python regius
The Ball Python, also known as the Royal python,
is a python species found in West Africa and the
central African Republic to Sudan and Uganda.
The name “royal python” comes from the fact that
rulers in Africa would wear the python as jewelry.
This is the smallest of the African pythons, popular
in the pet trade largely due to its small size. Its color
pattern is typically black or dark brown with light
brown or gold sides and dorsal blotches. The name
“ball python” refers to the animal’s tendency to curl
into a ball when stressed or frightened. Ball pythons
prefer grasslands, and sparsely wooded areas.


The Ball Python’s diet consists mostly of small
mammals, such as African soft-furred rats, shrews,
and striped mice.


Size: 3 – 6 feet length
Weight: 5 – 15 lbs
Lifespan: 30-40 years in
the wild.