African Ball Python
Ball Python diet consists solely of small to medium sized rodents. In captivity they usually eat pre-killed or frozen rats once a week. They are notorious for refusing food for long periods of time. This is usually during their hibernation period prior to breeding season.
Also known as The Royal Python, the Ball Python is a non-venomous Python species that are native to the countries of West Africa. This is the smallest of the African pythons and is most popular in the pet trade.
Ball pythons prefer grasslands, savannas and sparsely wooded areas. Termite mounds and empty mammal burrows are important habitats for this species.
This terrestrial species is known for its defense strategy that involves coiling into a tight ball when threatened, with its head and neck tucked away in the middle. In this state, it can literally be rolled around.