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Scientific Name: Python regius

Habitat: dry forest, savanna, thorn shrub

Diet: small mammals, birds

Life span: up to 30 years

Young: 1-8 eggs/clutch

Size: 0.8-1.2 m long (3-4 ft)

These nocturnal snakes spend much of the day resting in underground burrows to escape the African heat.

When threatened, instead of striking, the ball python tucks its head tightly into its coiled body, resembling a ball. This non-aggressive behaviour as well as its beauty, has lead to thousands being captured for the leather and pet trades.

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Ball python on Animal Diversity Web


Range: Africa

Status in the Wild

Status: threatened

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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