ROYAL BALL PYTHON - Desert Morph
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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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