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 “Ball python”). Ball pythons are brown or black with lighter brown or gold patches, although selective breeding has produced over 100 different color varieties.
Ball pythons are one of the most popular reptile pets in the United States. They can be either captive-bred or wild caught. Captive-bred snakes make much better pets, because they are usually healthier and more docile; in contrast, wild-caught snakes are more aggressive, and typically carry more parasites. These snakes grow to 3 to 4 feet in length and can live 20 to 30 years in captivity.