Education snakes

Ball python, Python regius

  • Length and defense: 3 to 4 feet, the smallest of African pythons; defense against larger predators is to coil in a tight ball.
  • Habitat and range: Grasslands of West Africa, Sierra Leone, Togo and Senegal
  • Diet and hunting: Small mammals
  • Reproduction: The female coils around six to seven eggs for approximately three months, often nesting in an abandoned burrow.

      Diet

      The zoo's snakes are fed mice.

      Status

      All native reptiles suffer from habitat loss. Many species are protected; it is illegal to take them out of the wild for any reason or to collect them as pets.