Royal Python

Royal pythons or African ball pythons as they are also known are the smallest python species.


This terrestrial species is known for its defence strategy that involves coiling into a tight ball when threatened, with its head and neck tucked away in the middle.

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Family:
Pythonidae
Diet:
Small mammals, such as African soft-furred rats, shrews, striped mice and birds.
Life Span:
10 years wild | 20 - 30 years captivity
Distribution:
West Africa
Did you know?
They get the name ‘Royal python’ because Pharaohs, kings and tribal leaders throughout the history of Africa wore them alive as jewellery, as bracelets or necklaces. It was seen as a sign of royalty and wealth and so, it became the Pythons identity.

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