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The ball python hunts and captures its prey by following it into its burrow.
The ball python hunts and captures its prey by following it into its burrow. It also uses its heat sensitivity to locate and capture its prey. These pits can detect very slight changes in temperature. All snakes are designed with the ability to disengage their lower jaw, enabling them to swallow their prey whole. While feeding, the ball python can still breathe since its windpipe is placed on the floor of its mouth. This ability became important after the Fall, since all animals were created as vegetarians.
Pigmy python, green tree python
CLASS: Reptilia (reptiles)
ORDER: Squamata (amphisbaenians, lizards, and snakes [scaly])
FAMILY: Boidae (boas and pythons)
GENUS/SPECIES: Python regius
Size: 4–6 ft (1.3–1.8 m); Females are larger than males
Weight: 2–4.5 lbs (1–2 kg)
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Rodents
Habitat: Savannas and forests of western Africa, especially in the rainforests from Ghana to Cameroon