Ball Python

Python regius

About This Animal

SIZE: Adults will normally reach between 3.5 to 4.5 feet

RANGE: They are native to the Sudanese subprovince west of the Nile, in southern Sudan, the Bahrel Ghazal and Nuba Mountains Region

HABITAT: Primarily a ground dwelling snake. They prefers grasslands, savanna's and sparsely wooded areas.

DIET: They feed almost exclusively on rodents and eat infrequently

ON EXHIBIT:  Classroom, Outreach and Encounter Animal

The scientific name for a ball python is Python Regius which literally means 'Royal python'. This name is said to have stemmed from the belief that Queen Cleopatra wore a ball python around her wrist as a bracelet. 

Ball pythons move by way of rectilinear locomotion, whereby bilateral symmetrical contractions propel them forward as they push against the surface. Ball 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."