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ROYAL BALL PYTHON - Desert MorphPython regius©Dan Wolfe - DWHerp.com
This nonvenomous python species is found in Africa. This is the smallest of the African pythons and is popular in the pet trade, largely due to its typically docile temperament. No subspecies are currently recognized, but there are several color morphs including the desert morph shown above.
They are also known as royal pythons or ball pythons. The name “ball python” refers to the animal’s tendency to curl into a ball when stressed or frightened. The name “royal python” (from the Latin regius) is based in part on the story that Cleopatra (Queen of the Nile) supposedly wore the snake around her wrist.
The Igboo people of Southern Nigeria treat these pythons with great care whenever they wander into a village or onto someone’s property. They are very gently picked up and placed out in a forest or field away from any homes. If one is accidentally killed, many communities in Igboland will still build a coffin for the snake’s remains and give it a short funeral. Source
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reptilefacts:

Desert Royal Python

ROYAL BALL PYTHON - Desert Morph
Python regius
©Dan Wolfe - DWHerp.com

This nonvenomous python species is found in Africa. This is the smallest of the African pythons and is popular in the pet trade, largely due to its typically docile temperament. No subspecies are currently recognized, but there are several color morphs including the desert morph shown above.

They are also known as royal pythons or ball pythons. The name “ball python” refers to the animal’s tendency to curl into a ball when stressed or frightened. The name “royal python” (from the Latin regius) is based in part on the story that Cleopatra (Queen of the Nile) supposedly wore the snake around her wrist.

The Igboo people of Southern Nigeria treat these pythons with great care whenever they wander into a village or onto someone’s property. They are very gently picked up and placed out in a forest or field away from any homes. If one is accidentally killed, many communities in Igboland will still build a coffin for the snake’s remains and give it a short funeral. Source

Other posts you may like:

Boelen Python Beolen showing iridescent sheen (detail)

Coastal Carpet Python

Enormous Albino Python

Green Indonesian Tree Python

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reptilefacts:

Desert Royal Python

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