Ball Python

Python regius

Range: West Africa

Description: They are 36 to 60 inches in length, the smallest of the African pythons. They are stocky with bold patterns of light brown ovoid blotches on a dark brown to red-brown background and a white belly

Habitat: Grasslands and sparsely wooded plains, commonly found in termite mounds

Wild: Small mammals
Zoo: Rodents

Reproduction: Females lay clutches of 4 to 10 eggs. She will remains with the eggs protecting them and keeping them warm until they hatch, three months later.

Fun Fact: Ball pythons get their name from their main method of defense, curling into a ball shape, tucking in their heads.