Ball Python

Ball pythonPhoto by Joel Sartore

Scientific Name: Python regius 

Ball pythons receive their name for the action of "balling," when they form a tight ball with their head at the center.

  • Size: Length: 39 to 71 inches
  • Diet: Rodents
  • Habitat: Grasslands and open forests
  • Range in the Wild: Central Africa

Conservation Status

Listed as Least Concern. This species has a large range and can adapt to many habitats.

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