Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Pythonidae
Genus: Python
Species: P. regius


The Piebald ball python is arguably one of the most beautifully marked of all snakes. The result of years of selective hybridization, the piebald colouration is a rare, recessive trait amongst ball pythons that expresses itself with a section or sections of unpigmented skin along its body. These unpigmented sections will vary in size, position and number, and can also produce variable color and patterned mutations. The head of the piebald ball python is typically of regular coloration although there are attempts to produce a darker pigmentation of the heads to give the effect of a true piebald - typically black and white. The true piebald ball python has been given the rather apt name of Panda pied. 


It is not yet a stable mutation and the amount of white is still regarded as a random occurrence. Even with parents that exhibit 90% piebald colouration, the young are not guaranteed to be so.

The ball python is so called because of its habit of curling into a ball when stressed or frightened. Its scientific name - Python regius, give a clue to the ball python's other common name of Royal python.

The scientific name for a ball python is Python Regius which literally means 'Royal python'. This name relates to Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, who according to Egyptian legend used to wear these snakes around her wrists as bracelets.

They are a popular choice amongst snakes for a pet as they have a docile temperament and do not grow excessively large. When mature, adult females will reach an overall length of approximately 4.5ft although there are reports of specimens reaching 6ft. Adult male are a little smaller growing to around 3.5 ft in length. 

Ball pythons are native to large area of Africa, preferring the habitat of grasslands, savannas and sparsely wooded areas. In their natural habitat, the ball python will usually prey on small mammals, such as African soft-furred rats, shrews and striped mice. Younger ball pythons have also been known to feed on birds.

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