BALL PYTHON FACTS

Wild Locality

West Central Africa

Lifestyle

Terrestrial (ground-dwelling)

Diet

Small Mammals & Birds (carnivore)

Habitat

Forests, Savannas, & Arid Fields

Adult Size

~ 3-5 ft, & 1,000-4,000g

Activity

Primarily Nocturnal (more active at night)

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Life Expectancy

~ 20-35 years in the care of humans (less in the wild)

Threats

Hunting & Importation

FUN FACTS

Another name for the Ball Python is the “Royal Python.” This is likely due to legends told of Egyptian royalty keeping these beautiful snakes as pets & often wearing them as “living jewelry” around their necks & wrists. These shy snakes are very docile & unlikely to bite. If feeling threatened, they instead curl up into a ball with their head underneath their thick body as protection.

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