Are ball pythons dangerous?


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Ball pythons are not dangerous. They are the smallest snakes in the python genus and the most docile. They are long-lived snakes that need damp and dark areas for hiding spots.

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Are ball pythons dangerous?
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Python regius is the scientific name for the ball python. These snakes originate in hotter areas, including Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana and Nigeria. Ball pythons are ground-dwelling snakes that prefer sparsely wooded areas, grasslands and savannas. They live 30 years or longer and range in size from 3 to 5 feet on average. Most active during the day, the ball python eats rodents of various sizes. Each ball python has a distinct and unique pattern.

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