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Ball Python or Royal Python

The ball python is a medium-sized snake native to grasslands and farmlands of western and central Africa. Like other pythons, it is a constrictor, eating mostly small rodents. It is generally not aggressive; if threatened it usually curls up into a ball with its head on the inside (hence the name… Learn More


Does the harvest for wildlife trade or captive breeding of this species harm wild populations?

Some Cause for Concern

  • Wild populations heavily harvested for pet trade

Invasive Threat

Does the release or escape of this species into the wild harm the environment and/or economy?

Some Cause for Concern

  • Large number of animals in trade could lead to escapes
  • Potential to become invasive in warm, humid climate

Ease of Care

Does harvest, captive breeding, transport, or being kept as a pet harm individual animals?

Some Cause for Concern

  • Relatively easy to maintain in captivity with understanding of required husbandry
  • Can live 20 to 30 years or more; require long-term care commitment

Health Risks

Does this animal pose a health risk to native wildlife, humans, livestock and agriculture?

Some Cause for Concern

  • Is likely to be able to carry and transmit Salmonella
  • Wild-caught individuals may have parasites harmful to humans or wildlife
  • May cause physical injury, especially to small children

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