- Scientific name: Python regius
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Reptilia
- Order: Squamata
- Family: pythonidae
- Genus: Python
- Species: P. regius
- This snake gets its name from its tendency to curl up like a ball when threatened.
- A terrestrial species, though it can both actively climb branches and swim, it is found in empty rodent burrows.
- The python bites its prey and coils around it eventually suffocating the prey.
- It eats rodents, small animals and birds on occasion.
- The ball python can grow to be 4 to 6 feet.