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Species page for: Ball Python / Royal Python


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A brief snippet about Ball Python / Royal Python

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Natural Habitat
Ball Pythons in the Wild by Dr. Steve Gorzula

Ball or Royal pythons (Python regius) are possibly the most popular snake species for reptile hobbyists in America. They are an extremely beautiful species having a wide variety of color and pattern mutations. They are easy to keep, very docile and rarely bite. They make fantastic pets and are a great teaching tool for schools. But, where do ball pythons come from? Have you ever seen pictures or film of them in the wild? No? Then, read on!

Status and management of the Royal Python (python regius)

PDF File 121Kb SUMMARY Between 1991 and 1997 Ghana developed a modest ranching rogramme for the annual harvest of 3,500 female royal pythons (Python regius). The objectives of this project were determine the present status and distribution of the royal python in Ghana, obtain information on the population characteristics of the royal python, determine the economic value and importance of the trade, provide information on the effects of traditions and taboos on local populations of this species and on their conservation, and to develop a management strategy and a conservation programme for pythons in Ghana, including recommendations for sustainable levels of exploitation.


 
Captive Care
Ball Python Basics

Ball Pythons are probably the most commonly kept snake in the United States and are quite popular in Europe as well. This is due to their (relatively) compact size, availability in pet stores, and (again, relatively) simple care. But they do need specific care and I will attempt to cover their basic needs here. The Ball Python, Python regius, and known in Europs as the Royal Python, has a natural range of most of western Africa. If you are to acquire one as a pet, look specifically for a captive-bred one, as Wild-caught Ball Pythons can be the most difficult creature to get to feed.

Ball Python Breeding - Constrictors Unlimited

Breeding (crash course in brain surgery) Well, itís not exactly brain surgery, but it does take a certain amount of skill to be successful. Entire books are written explaining husbandry and breeding, so consider this your crash course.

Ball Python / Royal Python Ball Python Care Sheet and Information - wnyherp

Common Name:Ball Python or Royal Python Latin name: Python regius Native to: Central and Western Africa Size: Adult ball pythons average in size from three to five feet Life span: Ball pythons are one of the longest-lived snakes. It is not unusual for these pythons to live 20 - 30 years in captivity. One specimen lived for 47 years at the Philadelphia Zoo.

 

Ballpythoncave: ball python care & info

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- by Thomas Steele Why a ball Python? What to look for when selecting your ball python How much should I pay for a Ball Python? What is the difference between Wild Caught and Captive Bred? Cage Size Heating Humidity Lighting Enclosure furnishings Food How big will my Ball Python get? How long will my ball python live?

Captive Care for Ball Pythons -repticare

The Royal Python, whose name is more closely linked to the scientific Latin name for this species (Python r. regius) is the name most commonly used in Europe to describe the snake that we here in the United States commonly refer to as the Ball Python. This snake derives its common name from the fact that it is a fairly docile snake that will curl itself in a ball with its head underneath its body when it feels threatened.

Melissa Kaplan on Ball Pythons

Natural History Ball pythons (Python regius) are found at the edges of the forest lands of Central and Western Africa. They are equally comfortable on the ground and in trees. They are crepuscular, active around dawn and dusk. Called royal pythons in Europe, here in the United States we call them "balls" due to their habit of curling themselves up into a tight ball when they are nervous, their heads pulled firmly into the center. Like most pythons, ball pythons are curious and gentle snakes.

Royal Python (Ball Python) - coloherp.org

Contents: Basic Facts General Information Captive Care References / Suggested Reading

Royal Python Information Sheet - Henry Piorun Reptile Breeder

Ball Pythons have a very bright future in the world of Herpetoculture, few other species have as much to offer, ideal size, gentle friendly nature, spectacular color and pattern morphs and small clutch size insure it will remain in high demand for many years to come.

So you want to breed ball pythons...Markus Jayne Ball Pythons

...and you're not quite sure what you are doing. I've documented the whole process in pictures. This is a very basic breeding recipe that works for us. Through pictures we hope to show you, and explain to you, the...ummm...ins and outs of breeding.

The Ball Python Venue

CHARACTERISTICS: Ball pythons are generally calm and good natured. Ball pythons will bite only when they feel endangered or due to a feeding response. When threatened, they are known for their tendency to roll into a ball in order to hide its head, hence the name. Balls make popular pets due to their low price (at least the normal morphs, anyway), fairly small size, and pleasant temperament. Several cultures in Africa worship ball pythons and consider them sacred.

Troubleshooting Guide to Ball Pythons

Ball Pythons, Python regius (also know as Royal Python) are a relatively small and docile specie of snake, which are native to Western and West-Central Africa. If you have purchased a Ball Python from a pet store, chances are it was born in either Togo, Benin, or Ghana. They are called 'Ball Pythons' because, when frightened, they coil around their head and into a ball.


 
Breeders & Retailers
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8 Ball Pythons

8 Ball Pythons is my addiction and my passion. I work exclusively with ball pythons and always will. They are and always have been my favorite animal. I am a ball python GEEK. My friends and family are kind enough to tolerate my insane ramblings about ball pythons that consume every aspect of my life. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Markus Jayne Ball Pythons

Welcome to Markus Jayne Ball Pythons! For those of you that visit often, you've probably noticed that we have made some changes. And for those that are first time visitors ...a very hearty welcome! Good info on Genetics - a must read

ProExotics.com- Littleton CO, USA

Ball Morphs Ball python morphs will be available starting in late July and throughout the year. At Pro Exotics, we are working with Albinos, Spiders, Pieds, Mojaves, Lesser Plattys, Pastels, Pastel Plus, Ghost, Yellow Bellies, Clowns, and more. Once babies are available in a particular morph, they will be listed here with pricing. If they are not yet listed, they are not yet available.

Roussis Reptiles.com

Welcome to Roussis Reptiles, primarily dedicated to providing information, photos, and guidance for reptile enthusiasts interested in the captive reproduction of rare and unusual pythons and for those looking to purchase some of the most spectacular animals in the world.

VMS Herp.com - all the morphs - Colorado

What does 'quality reptiles' really mean? To many breeders, it simply means selecting the most attractive patterns or colors. While this is important, we believe it is also important to select healthy vigorous animals. There is little point in producing the prettiest specimens if they lack the will to survive or have genetic disorders.

db Reptiles: Investment Royal mutations - UK

Welcome to db Reptiles We are a UK based breeder specialising in the captive propagation of a number of Royal python mutations. Our goal is simple, we aim to provide our customers with the highest quality investment pythons and as much information as possible. We may not be one of the largest breeders but we believe the quality of our animals canít be beat.


 
Pictures
Markus Jayne, Ball pythons - pics of all the morph

Unusual Albino Snakes

To list all the different colour and pattern morphs would fill this page, like the Cornsnake there are literally hundreds of different colour and pattern combinations.

VPI Gallery

They are a hardy snake with a docile and gentle disposition. They are deliberate in their actions, easy to feed and care for, and just the right size. They just may be the most variable of all snakes, when it comes to mutations of color and pattern. They range from snow white to solid black, and they come with a choice of spots, blotches, stripes, or rings. Check out some of the very beautiful ball pythons in the VPI collection.


 
More Info.
Ball Python Lair

Baron Kelly Reptiles

Proven Ball Python Morphs: - Living Art Reptiles

This page is a visual and information reference to the different proven Ball Python Morphs. There are pictures of Albino, Axanthic, Banana, Banded, Bumblebee, Butter, Caramel, Cinnamon, Clown, Stripe, Hypomelanistic, Leucistic, Mojave, Piebald, Pinstripe, Platinum, Sable, Spot-nose, Supers and Woma Ball Pythons to name a few.There has been a recent exsplosion of Ball Python Morphs so not all are listed.


 
Other Info.
Ball-pythons.net - Forum


 

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