Ball Python Care

Ball Python Care

Ball Python (Python regius)

Also called Royal Python

Popularity: Ball pythons are considered to be good pets. Their easy-going, nature made them unproblematic to handle. Captive bred adults rarely bite.

Size: 4 to 6 feet

Lifespan: Over 20 years, reports of 50 years!

Origin: Africa

Native habitat: Grasslands and sparsely wooded areas. Favorite hideouts include mammal burrows and other underground places where they can aestivate, or go dormant.

Appearance: Stocky body, small head. Smooth scales. Black with brown blotches and cream-colored underside. Those in captivity often morph to display other colors.

Diet: In the wild: rats, shrews, mice, birds. In captivity: pre-killed rats and mice. They are finicky eaters and may not eat for months at a time.

Activities: Mostly inactive.

Defense Mechanisms: The ball python coils into a tight ball when threatened, with its head and neck tucked away in the middle. It tightens up to the extent that anything hitting it would cause it to roll like a ball. It also hisses loudly when threatened.

Reproduction: Egg layers. Typically lays from 3-11 large, leather eggs. The female incubates these underground and they hatch after about two months. She then abandons the offspring and leaves them to fend for themselves. In captivity, breeders generally wait until pythons are over 3 pounds before breeding them.

Misc characteristics: Ball pythons have small claw-like anal spurs near the end of their tails that are believed to be the remnants of hind legs.

Popularity: Ball pythons are considered to be good pets. Their easy-going, nature made them unproblematic to handle. Captive bred adults rarely bite.

Size: 4 to 6 feet

Lifespan: Over 20 years, reports of 50 years!

Origin: Africa

Native habitat: Grasslands and sparsely wooded areas. Favorite hideouts include mammal burrows and other underground places where they can aestivate, or go dormant.

Appearance: Stocky body, small head. Smooth scales. Black with brown blotches and cream-colored underside. Those in captivity often morph to display other colors.

Diet: In the wild: rats, shrews, mice, birds. In captivity: pre-killed rats and mice. They are finicky eaters and may not eat for months at a time.

Activities: Mostly inactive.

Defense Mechanisms: The ball python coils into a tight ball when threatened, with its head and neck tucked away in the middle. It tightens up to the extent that anything hitting it would cause it to roll like a ball. It also hisses loudly when threatened.

Reproduction: Egg layers. Typically lays from 3-11 large, leather eggs. The female incubates these underground and they hatch after about two months. She then abandons the offspring and leaves them to fend for themselves. In captivity, breeders generally wait until pythons are over 3 pounds before breeding them.

Misc characteristics: Ball pythons have small claw-like anal spurs near the end of their tails that are believed to be the remnants of hind legs.

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