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Python regius (Ball Python, Royal Python)

Synonyms: Boa regia; Hortulia regia; Python belii; Shireenhoserus regia

Wikipedia Abstract

The ball python (Python regius), also known as the royal python, is a python species found in sub-Saharan Africa. Like all other pythons, it is a non-venomous constrictor. This is the smallest of the African pythons and is popular in the pet trade, largely due to its small size and typically docile temperament. No subspecies are currently recognized. They can live quite long, with the oldest on record living more than 47 years. To achieve something near this age in captivity they require proper care (clean tank, clean water, etc.). The name "ball python" refers to the animal's tendency to curl into a ball when stressed or frightened. The name royal python (from the Latin regius) comes from the fact that rulers in Africa would wear the python as jewelry.
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Female Maturity [2]  5 years
Male Maturity [2]  5 years
Diet [1]  Carnivore
Gestation [2]  77 days
Litter Size [2]  7
Maximum Longevity [2]  48 years
Nocturnal [1]  Yes


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Cross-Niger transition forests Nigeria Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Cross-Sanaga-Bioko coastal forests Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
East Sudanian savanna Chad, Central African Republic, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Guinean forest-savanna mosaic Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, Senegal Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Jos Plateau forest-grassland mosaic Nigeria Afrotropic Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Northern Congolian forest-savanna mosaic Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Central African Republic, Cameroon Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Sahelian Acacia savanna Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
West Sudanian savanna Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Niger, Nigeria Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Omo Strict Natural Reserve Forest Reserve 328086 Nigeria  
Parc National de la Comoe National Park II 2902593 Côte d'Ivoire  
Parc National de Tai National Park II 1085310 Côte d'Ivoire  
Takamanda National Park II 167041 Cameroon  

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Guinean Forests of West Africa Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Togo No

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Aalborg Zoo
AB Furuviksparken
Abilene Zoological Gardens
Africa Alive!
Akron Zoological Park
Al Ain Zoo
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
Albuquerque Biological Park
Alexandria Zoological Park
Almaty State Zoo of Kazakhstan
Amazon World
Aquarium & Rainforest at Moody Gardens
Aquarium du Quebec
Artis Zoo
Attica Zoological Park S.A.
Audubon Zoo
Banham Zoo Ltd.
Bergen County Zoological Park
Berkshire College of Agriculture
Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo
Binder Park Zoo
Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park
Bioparc Valencia
Bird Park Marlow
Birmingham Zoo
Blackpool Zoo
Blank Park Zoo of Des Moines
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Boras Djurpark Zoo
Bosphorus Zoo (Bogaziçi Hayvanat
Bramble Park Zoo
Brandywine Zoo
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo
Brent Lodge Park Animal Centre
Brevard Zoo
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Bronx Children's Zoo
Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservat'n Society
Budapest Zool.& Botanical Garden
Bursa Zoo (Bursa Hayvanat Bahcesi)
Caldwell Zoo
Calgary Zoo, Garden & Prehistoric Park
Cameron Park Zoo
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Capron Park Zoo
Central Florida Zoological Park
Central Park Zoo
Chahinkapa Zoo
Charles Paddock Zoo
Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park
Chehaw Wild Animal Park
Chessington World of Adventures, Ltd.
Cheyenne Mtn Zoological Park
Chiangmai Zoological Garden
Chicago Zoological Park
Children's Zoo at Celebration Square
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
City of Belfast Zoo
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Colchester Zoo
Columbian Park Zoo
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
Copenhagen Zoo
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
Dakota Zoo
Dallas Zoo
David Traylor Zoo of Emporia
Denver Zoological Gardens
Dickerson Park Zoo
Dierenpark 'De Vleut' (Zoo Best)
Dierenpark de Oliemeulen (Zoo Tilburg)
Dierenpark Emmen
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Drayton Manor Park Zoo
Drusillas Zoo Park
DSI Givskud Zoo
Dudley Zoological Gardens
Dusit (Bangkok) Zoological Park
Edinburgh Zoo-Scottish National Zoo
El Paso Zoo
Ellen Trout Zoo
Erie Zoological Gardens
Espace Zoolog de St-Martin-la-Plaine
Flamingo Land LTD
Florida Aquarium
Folly Farm Leisure Ltd
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
Fresno Chaffee Zoo
Fundacao Parque Zoologico de Sao Paulo
Giza Zoological Garden
Gladys Porter Zoo
Granby Zoo / Zoo de Granby
Great Plains Zoo
Greater Vancouver Zoo
Greenville Zoo
Guadalajara Zoo
Hai Park Kiriat Motzkin
Hansenberg Organia
Happy Hollow Zoo
Hattiesburg Zoo
Henry Vilas Zoo
Henson Robinson Zoo
Hong Kong Zool. & Botanical Gardens
Honolulu Zoo
Hope Zoo (Nature Preservation Found.)
Houston Zoo, Inc.
Howletts Wild Animal Park
Indian River Reptile Zoo
Indianapolis Zoo
Isle of Wight Zoo
Jackson Zoological Park
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Jardim Zoologico / Lisbon Zoo
Jardin Zoologico de Cdad.Buenos Aires
Jardin Zoologique de la Ville de Lyon
Jesperhus Blomsterpark
Johannesburg Zoological Gardens
John Ball Zoological Garden
Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden
Kaliningrad Zoo
Kansas City Zoo
Kazan Zoological & Botanical Garden
Kishinev Zoopark
Kittenberger Zoo
Knoxville Zoological Gardens
Krakow Aquarium & Natural History Msm
Kristiansand Dyrepark ASA
Kyiv Zoological Park
Lake Superior Zoological Gardens
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis
Lehigh Valley Zoo
Lincoln Childrens Zoo (former Folsom)
Lincoln Park Zoological Gardens
Linton Zoological Gardens
Lion Country Safari Inc - Florida
Little Rock Zoological Gardens
Longleat Safari Park
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Louisville Zoological Garden
Magnetic Hill Zoo
Marwell Wildlife
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Melbourne Zoo
Memphis Zoological Garden & Aquarium
Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes
Mesker Park Zoo
Miami Metrozoo
Miejski Ogrod Zoologiczny w Lodz
Miejski Ogrod Zoologiczny Warsaw
Miejski Ogrod Zoologiczny Wybrzeza
Miejski Ogrod Zoologiczny, Plock
Miller Park Zoo
Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens
Minnesota Zoological Garden
Miskolc Zoo/Állatkert és Kultúrpark
Montgomery Zoo
Moscow Zoological Park
Moulton College
Museum of Science - Live Animal Center
Nagyerdei Kultúrpark KHT.
Nat'l Zoological Gardens of S. Africa
Natural Science Center of Greensboro
Neunkircher Zoologischer Garten GmbH
Newark Museum Association
Newquay Zoo (Cornwall Animal World)
Niabi Zoo
Nikolaev Zoo of Nikolaev-City Council
Noah's Ark Zoo Farm
Nogeyama Zoological Gardens Yokohama
North Carolina Zoological Park
Novosibirsk Zoological Park
NY State Zoo at Thompson Park
Oakland Zoo
Oasys Parque del Desierto de Tabernas
Odense Zoologiske Have
Oglebay's Good Children's Zoo
Ogrod Zoologiczny im. Stefana Milera
Ogrod Zoologiczny w Poznaniu
Oklahoma City Zoological Park
Olmense Zoo
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
Opel-Zoo von Opel HessischeZoostiftung
Oregon Zoo
Osaka Municipal Tennoji Zool. Gdns.
Ouwehand Zoo
Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park
Paradise Wildlife Park
Parc Zoologic de Barcelona
Parc Zoologique d'Amneville
Parc Zoologique de la Barben
Parc Zoologique de La Palmyre
Parco Natura Viva
Parque Zoologico Nacional, ZOODOM
Phoenix Zoo
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Pocatello Zoo
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park
Potawatomi Zoo
Prospect Park Zoo
Pueblo Zoo
Randers Regnskov
Reaseheath College Animal Centre
Red River Zoo
Ree Park - Ebeltoft Safari
Reid Park Zoo
Riga Zoo
Riverside Zoo
Riverview Park & Zoo
Rodbaston College
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Rome Zoo-Fondazione Bioparco di Roma
Roosevelt Park Zoo
Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park
Rostock Zoologischer Garten
Sacramento Zoo
Safari de Peaugres
Saint Louis Zoological Park
Saitama Children's Zoo
Salisbury Zoological Park
San Antonio Zoological Gardens & Aquar
San Diego Wild Animal Park
San Diego Zoo
San Francisco Zoological Gardens
Santa Ana Zoo
Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens
Santa Fe CollegeTeaching Zoo
Sedgwick County Zoo
Seneca Park Zoo
Shepreth Wildlife Park
Shuttleworth College Animal Centre
Silesian Zoological Garden
Silver Springs Park
Singapore Zoological Gardens
Societa Zoologica Di Pistoia S.R.L
Sofia Zoological Gardens
St. Augustine Alligator Farm
Staten Island Zoo
Steinhart Aquarium (CA Acad of Science
Sunset Zoo
Taipei Zoo
Tallinn Zoo
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
Tennessee Aquarium
Terrarium Vissenbjerg
Texas Zoo
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
The Living Rainforest
The Naples Zoo
The Philadelphia Zoo
The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens
Thoiry Zoological Park
Thuringer Zoopark Erfurt
Tiergarten Bernburg
Tierpark Dählhölzli
Tilgate Nature Centre
Toledo Zoological Gardens
Topeka Zoological Park
Toronto Zoo
Trevor Zoo at Millbrook School
Tropical Butterfly House
Tropical World
Tropiquaria Wildlife Park
Trotter's World of Animals
Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum
Turtle Back Zoo
Ueno Zoological Gardens
Usti nad Labem Zoo
Utah's Hogle Zoo
Utica Zoo
Valencia Bioparc, Rainforest S.A.
Valley Zoo & John Janzen Nature Center
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Ctr
Virginia Living Museum
Virginia Zoological Park
Washington Park Zoological Gardens
Welsh Mountain Zoo
West Edmonton Mall Marine Life Center
West Midland Safari & Leisure Park Ltd
Whipsnade Wild Animal Park
Wild Animal Park Mechelen Planckendael
Wildlife Safari Inc
Wildlife World Zoo
Wingham Wildlife Park
Woburn Safari Park
Woodland Park Zoological Gardens
Wroclaw Zoo, LLC
Xantus János Állatkert Kht.
Yokohama Zool. Gardens
Zagreb Zoo / Zooloski vrt Zagreb
Zivalski vrt Ljubljana
Zoo am Meer Bremerhaven GmbH
Zoo Atlanta
Zoo de Doue-la-Fontaine
Zoo de Jurques
Zoo de Pont-Scorff
Zoo de Santillana y Parque Cuaternario
Zoo Duisburg AG
Zoo Hannover GmbH
Zoo Landau in der Pfalz
Zoo Negara Malaysia
Zoo New England, Franklin Park Zoo
Zoo of Acadiana
Zoo of Antwerp
Zoo Osnabrück
Zoo Parc de Beauval
Zoo Santo Inácio Vila Nova de Gaia
Zoo Zürich
Zoological Center Tel Aviv - Ramat Gan
Zoological Society of London
Zoological Society of Trinidad &Tobago
Zoologicka zahrada Bojnice
Zoologicka Zahrada Bratislava
Zoologicka Zahrada Mesta Brna
Zoologico Nacional La Aurora
Zoologischer Garten Augsburg GmbH
Zoologischer Garten Halle GmbH
Zoologischer Garten Saarbruecken
Zoologischer Garten Schmiding
ZooWorld Zoological Botanical Conserv.

Range Map

Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, SW Niger (near the border of Benin), Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, N Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Mali, Uganda, Sudan; Takamanda Forest Reserve;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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