Bouncer, hatched in 1994. He came here in 2005. He is
one our favorite snakes to handle because of his docile, friendly nature!
Status in the wild
Ball pythons are considered threatened in the wild. They are a highly-exploited species and are
very important to the pet trade because of their beautiful skin. The ball
python mates only every two to three years, so more effort is needed to
protect and propagate this species.
ball python lives in western and central Africa. They can be found in open forests and dry
savannas. Usually they reside in areas
near open water where they can cool themselves during hot weather.
pythons feed primarily on rodents, but will also eat other small mammals and
birds. Ball pythons only eat once every
few weeks; they can go up to several months with no food.