Royal/Ball Python: Python Regius
Distribution and Habitat
This snake is native to both central and western Africa.
The ball python lives on the edges of forest lands, both on the ground and in the trees.
They have a heavy body with a relatively slender neck. It is the smallest of the large constrictors with an adult reaching only to 3 to 5 feet in length. Their color is a dark brown with a light brown lateral pattern. They have what we call “anal spurs”, which are single claws on either side of the vent. These are the vestigial remains of the ball python’s hind legs lost during their evolution from lizards to snakes.
This python is called a “ball” python because they are able to curl up in a tight ball when they are nervous.
Ball pythons are reputed to be able to go for extended periods of time without food; wild-caught ball pythons have gone for a year or more without food
The longest living ball python on record was over 48 years old when it died.