Ball Python


Also known as royal pythons, these snakes are found in the grasslands and open forests of West and Central Africa

Ball pythons spend most of their time on or under the ground in burrows. They are most active at dawn and dusk. They inhabit savanna grasslands or open forests and are found in areas that have been cleared for farming

Known for the protective mechanism of “balling,” where they form a tight ball with the head at the center in response to threats, earning them their common name, “ball python”.

Click HERE for a Ball Python Activity Sheet!

Our Current Residents

Harry, Male - Hatched 1985 (estimate)

Surprisingly, Harry is one of the oldest animals at ZooMontana. He is a pet surrender, and has been a long time ambassador within the Zoo's education department.


  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Family: Boidae
  • Genus: Python
  • Species: Python regius

Animal Facts

  • Carnivore
  • Common
  • Grasslands
  • Nocturnal

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