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Species Information

Habitat/Range: These pythons are native to sub-saharan Africa and prefer grasslands, savannas, and sparsely wooded areas. 

Behavior: Ball pythons are constrictor snakes. This means they wrap around their prey to subdue them, or stop blood circulation, before swallowing them whole. They are called “ball pythons” because of their tendency wrap up into a ball when stressed or frightened. They prey on rodents, shrews (mole-like mammals), and birds. 

Breeding: Females are oviparous, which means they lay eggs. Females lay an average of 6 eggs per clutch  and incubate their eggs underground for 55-60 days. Once hatchlings are born, the female leaves the offspring are left to fend for themselves. 

Conservation: Listing: Least Concern. Despite being the most popular pet snake in the world, ball pythons have a wide distribution and their populations are stable. 

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