Ball pythons are considered threatened in the wild. They are a highly-exploited species and are very important to the pet trade because of their beautiful skin. The ball python mates only every two to three years, so more effort is needed to protect and propagate this species.
The ball python lives in western and central Africa. They can be found in open forests and dry savannas. Usually they reside in areas near open water where they can cool themselves during hot weather.
Ball pythons feed primarily on rodents, but will also eat other small mammals and birds. Ball pythons only eat once every few weeks; they can go up to several months with no food.