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Royal Python

Python regius

Royal, or ball, pythons belong to the Boid family of snakes, including all pythons and boas. Royal pythons are one of the smaller species only growing to around 1.5m (5ft) in length.

measurements

Measurements

Size: Up to 1.5m
Weight: 1.5 - 2.5kg

habitat

Habitat

Royal (or ball) pythons are found in the rain forests of West Africa, particularly Ghana and Togo. Although they can climb, they spend most of their time on the ground.

diet

Diet

All snakes are carnivores (meat eaters). Royal pythons eat rodents and in the wild they feed almost exclusively on gerbils.

behaviour

Breeding

Female royal pythons lay eggs, which they curl round and incubate. Pythons can live for up to 40 years.

threat

Conservation

Royal pythons are not currently classed as endangered due to their large range, however they are threatened by the international pet trade, as well as hunting for meat and leather.

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