Royal Python

The Royal Python is a python species found in sub-Saharan Africa. Like all other pythons, it is a non-venomous constrictor. This is the smallest of the African pythons.

The maximum adult length of the Royal Python is 6 feet. Females tend to be slightly bigger than males. The build is stocky while the head is relatively small. The colour pattern is typically black or dark brown with light brown or gold sides. The belly is a white or cream. Royal Pythons bear a strong physical resemblance to the Burmese python.

Royal Pythons prefer grasslands, savannahs, and sparsely wooded areas. Termite mounds and empty mammal burrows are important habitats for this species. In the wild, their diet consists mostly of small mammals such as rats, shrews and mice. Younger pythons have also been know to feed on birds.

Royal Python @ Safari Niagara

  • Safari Niagara‚Äôs Royal Python can be found at our reptile house.
  • Sometimes it can be found travelling with the Safari Niagara Zooniversity Outreach Show

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Pythonidae
Genus: Python
Species: P. regius

Did you know?

  • Its defence strategy involves coiling into a tight ball when threatened, with its head and neck tucked away in the middle.
  • Specimens have survived for over 40 years in captivity.
  • Hundreds of different colour patterns are available in captive snakes.