Ball Python

Ball Python

Ball Python
Python regius


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Squamata
FAMILY
Pythonidae

Range

West and central Africa


Habitat

Grasslands, savannahs and sparsely wooded plains


Diet

Rodents

Weight

4 - 9 lbs.

Size

3 - 6 ft.

Incubation

75 - 80 days

Clutch

4 - 11 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

CITES

Appendix II

Facts

  • Also know as the royal python.
  • Active especially at night (nocturnal) and lives alone (solitary).
  • They will coil into a tight ball (hence the name) with the head tucked between the coils to defend themselves and protect their head.
  • Like most pythons, they are good climbers, but they are usually seen on the ground.
  • They have 100 - 150 sharp teeth that curve towards the back of their mouth.
  • Ball pythons help to control rodent populations in the rural areas where they live.

 

Conservation

The biggest threat to the ball python is the international pet trade. While the suspected population decline is not large enough to warrant threatened status, the trade of this species should still be carefully monitored and the numbers exploited should be reduced. This species is also poached for meat and leather.

Least Concern

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