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Ball Python

Ball python, native to sub-Saharan Africa, is a non-venomous constrictor. The snake is the smallest among all African pythons and is favored as a pet because of its small size, mild temperament and easy handling requirements. They often curl themselves up into a ball, hence the species name.



    Domain Eukaryota
    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrate
    Class Reptilia
    Family Pythonidae
    Genus Python
    Scientific Name Python regius


    Other Names Royal Python
    Length 152–182 cm (5.0–6.0 ft)
    Weight Around 4 or 5 lbs
    Color Black or dark brown with light brown or gold sides and blotches in the dorsal region; belly is white or cream
    Distribution Senegal, Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Sudan and Uganda
    Habitat Grasslands, savannas, scanty wooded areas, termite mounds, empty mammal burrows
    Diet Small mammals like rats , mice, and shrews
    Hibernation Fact They hibernate
    Predators Adults fall prey to wild pigs, wart hogs and leopards while the young ones are vulnerable to many predators like birds of prey and hedgehogs
    Venom Fact Non-venomous
    Breeding Season Autumn
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (producing young ones by means of eggs which are hatched outside the body)
    Clutch Size/Litter Size Six (average)
    Reproductive Age Females: 20 to 36 months
    Males: 11to 18 months
    Average Lifespan Wild: Around 10 years
    In captivity: 20 – 47 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern


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    Published on August 26th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 22nd August 2018.

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