Ball Python

on October 7, 2011

The ball python hunts and captures its prey by following it into its burrow.


Ball Python

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.


  • The ball python varies in its color and patterns. Some are reddish-brown while others are yellow. Some have stripes while others have spots and some even have both.
  • This species is also known as the royal python.

Fun Facts

  • The ball python gets its name from its defensive posture. When it feels threatened, it will roll into a ball and tuck its head into the middle.
  • The teeth of the ball python face the back of the snake’s mouth, which helps the snake swallow its food.

Created Kind Members

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

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