Python regius, also known as the ball python or royal python, is native to sub-Saharan Africa. They are the smallest of the African pythons, averaging 3.5 – 5 feet in length and seldom growing longer than 6 feet. They are strong and heavy-bodied for their size. Females tend to be larger and heavier than males. Like all pythons, they are non-venomous constrictors. The name “ball python” describes their common defensive behavior of curling up into a tight ball with their head hidden. They are slow-moving, typically docile snakes. In captivity, with proper care, they can easily exceed a lifespan of 30 years. The oldest recorded captive specimen reached an age of 47.5 years.
Ball pythons are one of the most commonly owned snake species, and their popularity is well-deserved. They are often recommended as a good “beginner” snake for prospective reptile owners. Because of their manageable adult size, placid nature, and sedentary habits, they are arguably easier to care for than most other snake species. In recent years, captive-bred ball pythons have become widely available, and selective breeding has produced many diverse color and pattern varieties known as “morphs.”
Many informative guides have been written regarding the care and breeding of ball pythons. If you have any questions, you are more than welcome to contact me!
There are also many forums and online communities where reptile owners can buy/sell animals, participate in discussions, ask questions, and share pictures.
Reptile Basics Inc. – Great source for a variety of reptile supplies and equipment including thermostats, heat tape, snake bags, hooks, tongs, probes, and cleaning products.
Dragons4You – High quality PVC/ABS reptile racks and enclosures.
C Serpents – Incubators and reptile racks.
Big Cheese Rodent Factory – My preferred supplier of frozen feeder rodents.
These are some of the reptile breeders I have had the pleasure of dealing with, and would definitely recommend: