Royal Python

Genus and Species: Python regius

The Ball python is a nonvenomous python species found in sub-Saharan Africa. This is the smallest of the African pythons. The name “ball python” refers to the animal’s tendency to curl into a ball when stressed or frightened. A common belief is that another name “royal python” comes from the legend that rulers in Africa, especially Cleopatra, would wear the python as jewellery.

Native Habitat:
They prefer grasslands, savannas, and sparsely wooded areas, but may adapt to all types of environments.

Fun fact:
The average life-span of a ball python is 30 years but it is not unheard of for one to live up to 45 years old as long as they are living in captivity.

Conservation status:
Not Endangered

Around the world: