SCIENTIFIC NAME: Python regius
HOUSE NAME: "Monty"
HABITAT: Grasslands and open forests of Sub-Saharan central Africa, from Senegal to Liberia and east through Nigeria, Cameroon, and Chad to Sudan and Uganda
CONSERVATION STATUS: Least Concern
Ball pythons are named for their defensive behavior of coiling into a ball in order to protect the head in the center of the coils.
A small heavy bodied species with a slender neck, large head, and a short tail. 3 ½ ft – 5 ft in length. Typical ball pythons have large brown markings with lighter medium-brown spots interspersed between the darker spots. They may also have yellow stripes from the nostrils through the eyes which have elliptical pupils. The belly is generally ivory white. Pythons have vestiges of a pelvic girdle with visible external spurs and pitted lip scales associated with thermoreception (heat receptors).