DescriptionRoyal Pythons are also known as Ball Pythons due to their habit of rolling into a ball when they feel
threatened. They are docile and generally very reluctant to bite, making them one of the easiest species of snake to keep, proving a few basic rules are followed.
The natural colouration for Royal Pythons is typically black or dark brown with light brown or gold sides, but there are now
many colour variations, including albino, available due to selective breeding.
HabitatRoyal Pythons originate from Central and Western Africa, generally from
sparsely wooded areas, so although they are primarily a terrestrial snake they do climb branches.
SizeAdult Royal Pythons are a stocky snake with sizes ranging between 90cm - 150cm (3ft-5ft). The average length is 120 cm (4ft).
Life spanThe average lifespan is between 20-30 years, but some have reached 40 years old.
ChoosingYou should make sure that the snake that you wish to purchase is captive bred, apart from conservation issues
wild caught specimens often suffer from health issues and parasites. You must handle the snake not just to check temperament
but to examine its health. The snake should be alert with bright eyes and no discharge around the nostrils and mouth.
Closely examine the for ticks or mites and for any retained shed.