About Our Royal Pythons
The royal python, or ball python is a small and docile python from Western Africa, including Togo, Senegal and Ghana.
They are the smallest African species and often max out at around four foot long, although they can be adult between three foot and five, with extra large females occasionally reaching six foot in length.
They are a terrestrial species but can climb well if required and are semi-specialist feeders in the wild, often preferring hamsters to any other food item. These are often bred and/or imported in large numbers, and have conservation measures being taken in their native countries.
Perfect Beginner Snake
These are an ideal beginners species due to their docile nature and small size, and get their other name of ‘ball python’ due to the fact that they would rather coil themselves into a ball than attack if they feel threatened. Occasionally you might get a nippy one, but they usually calm down over time.
Many more colour morphs are becoming available now after much selective breeding, colours include: leustic, spider, pastel, striped, champagne and blue eyed leucistic among others.
Royal Python Vivarium
The Royal Python will not need a vivarium larger than three foot in length and a few sturdy branches should be provided to allow for some climbing.
A heat lamp should be provided at one end and be set by thermostat to around 35 to 40 degrees. A hide should be provided at each end and a sizeable water bowl should be added so the snake can completely submerge itself if it wishes to do so.
The substrate should be kept dry and ideally should be one of the following: aspen bedding, beech chips, auboise, or paper towel (practical but not pretty to look at).
UV light is not required but UVA can improve chances of breeding them. All heat bulbs should be cages to avoid the occupant burning itself.
Royal Python Feeding
From birth Royal Pythons will accept fuzzy mice, which can be offered every three to five days, gradually increasing the size of prey as the snake grows, and reducing in frequency until adult when they should be feeding on large adult mice about once a fortnight.
Royals are known for sometimes being difficult feeders, but this can usually be remedied by adjusting the care conditions.
Difficult feeders usually begin feeding if kept in a smaller container as they feel more secure and safe. You should move up a food size when you can no longer see the food item in the snakes belly just after feeding.