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.