Royal Python | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Royal Python

Python regius

  • Not Evaluated
  • Data Deficient
  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

A non-venomous snake, the Royal Python grow up to 1.3 m long. Whilst comparatively long, the Royal Python is the smallest member of the Python family, most commonly found in Africa. Preferring woodlands and grassy areas, Royal Pythons are also known to venture into trees to find and hunt their prey.

Native Range →

Central and West Africa

Natural Habitat  →

Forests and Rainforests

Diet  →

Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Mice, Rats and other small mammals

Life Expectancy  →

10-15 years in the wild. Up to 40 years in zoos

Breeding  →

2-11 eggs & a 2-3 month incubation period

Group Name  →


Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Hunting, illegal pet trade

Fun fact

The name Royal Python is believed to be derived from the fact that many African rulers were known to have worn live pythons as jewellery.

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