They are a constrictor and their diet consists of small rodents.

They will eat mice and rats throughout their lives. Small Ball Pythons will feed on small "fuzzy" mice (once a week) and will begin to consume larger mice and even small rats as they grow.

These snakes are commonly sold in pet stores and online.

There are many captive bred specimens becoming more readily available, but many Ball Pythins are wild caught imports from the wilds of Africa.

If this happens, the substrate should be changed or alternatively, the python can be soaked in a separate water dish once a week.

The Ball Python or Royal Python is a terrestrial snake that inhabits both open forests and grasslands, It can be housed in a woodland type terrarium with adequate humidity.

There are many unusual color and pattern variations that occur naturally with this snake, creating a variety of Ball Python morphs, especially as juveniles.

However these colorations are inspiring the breeding efforts of enthusiasts to develop these color morphs.

Check for signs of respiratory problems, indicated by wheezing or bubbles around the nostrils.

Also check for things like ticks and mites, mouth rot, and blister disease. The Ball Python is native to Africa with a wide distribution from Sudan and Uganda in central Africa, and throughout western Africa to Senegal.

is on the IUCN Red List for Endangered Species as Least Concern (LC). It is harvested by natives for food and leather, and collected for the pet trade, so it is suspected of having a declining population, but it is not large enough to warrant a threatened status.

The Ball Python is the smallest of the African python species.

There are also many unusual color and pattern variations that occur naturally.