The ball python is one of the smallest African pythons. In comparison to other pythons they are also non venomous. Since they are nocturnal, they rely on heat sensing pits around their mouth. Their eyes also adjust to low-level light levels.  Like other snakes, the ball python doesn’t have movable eyelids. Since the snake doesn’t have to blink, it can stay hidden when camouflaged and waiting for prey.

The snake gets its name from its tendency to curl up in a ball when it feels threatened.

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Location: This animal is not on exhibit. It is part of our educational collection and may only be seen in programs inside or outside of the zoo.

Arrived at EPZ: Monty - 08/17/2003; Dano - 08/31/2012