Royal Python

INTRODUCTION

The Royal Python, also known as the Ball Python, is a python species found in sub-Saharan Africa. Like all other pythons, it is a non-venomous constrictor and is the smallest of the African pythons. Royal pythons, are found in the grasslands and open forests of West and Central Africa and spend most of their time on or under the ground in burrows and they are most active at dawn and dusk. Royal pythons are known for the protective mechanism of “balling,” where they form a tight ball with the head at the center in response to threats, earning them their common name, “ball python”. Royal pythons are carnivorous and have mobile lower and upper jaws. They use chemical and visual cues to hunt for their prey and are well known as ambush predators as being heavy-bodied snakes, they are less active. The feeding strategy is to retract the head and neck and strike rapidly. After the rapid strike, they swallow prey alive or immobilize by constriction

FAST FACTS

Scientific Name:

Python regius

Status:

Least concern

Size:

Up to 1.8m

Weight:

Up to 2.5kg

Life Span in Wild:

30 years+

Habitat:

Savannah and grassland

Diet:

Carnivore

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

What Do I Eat?

Mainly small vertebrates

Where Do I Live?

Sudan, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uganda

Do I Have Any Predators?

Humans, birds of prey, snakes and large cats

How Do I Live?

Nocturnal, terrestrial and solitary

Why Am I Endangered?

No major threats

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