The Ball python is a nonvenomous python species found in sub-Saharan Africa. This is the smallest of the African pythons. The name "ball python" refers to the animal's tendency to curl into a ball when stressed or frightened. A common belief is that another name "royal python" comes from the legend that rulers in Africa, especially Cleopatra, would wear the python as jewelry. Ball pythons are stocky, with a relatively small head. The scales are smooth and both sexes have anal spurs on either side of the vent. The color pattern is typically black or dark brown with light brown or gold sides and dorsal blotches. The belly is white or cream that may include scattered black markings. However, those in the pet industries have, through selective breeding, developed many morphs (genetic mutations) with altered colors and patterns.
SEX, AGE & WEIGHT Female June 12th, 2023 94g (As of 7-7-23)
SCIENTIFIC NAME Python Regius
ORIGIN West and Central Africa
HABITAT 10 gallon is recommended for baby's and juveniles. 20 gallon is recommended for sub adults and 40 gallons for adults. Substrate we recommend is Freedom Breeders "Cocoblox"
DIET Range from pinky mice to adult rats depending on their size.
TEMPERATURE Ball pythons need a temperature gradient: Basking surface temperature: 95-104°F (Using under tank heating) Warm hide temperature: 86-90°F Cool hide temperature:72-80°F Nighttime temperature:70-78°F
HUMIDITY Ball pythons need a moderate humidity environment, we believe 50-60% to be an optimal humidity level.
ADULT SIZE Maximum adult length of this species is 6ft. Females tend to be slightly bigger than males, maturing around 4–4.5 ft. Males typically grow to around 3–3.5 ft.
LIFESPAN 20-30 Years (Averaging at 25 years)
SOCIAL BEHAVIOR We do not recommend keeping ball pythons together. We recommend housing all snakes individually for their safety.
ALL SNAKES ARE SHIPPED MONDAY TO ENSURE LIVE ARRIVAL