Roxy the Royal Python / Ball pythonOur other pet snake
This is Roxy, she is the Royal Python that I had for a little while. She was a rescue that a friend had taken in, but they didn’t have room for her so I took her off his hands. Sadly she was not in great condition when I got her, she had a nasty looking scar from surgery, I took as good care of her as I could and discussed her with snake experts online as I could find anybody locally to take her to. She seemed to be improving, but after not much more than a month I came in to find her gone one morning :(
I did try my best, but I guess she was already too far gone when I got her, hopefully I made her last month as nice as possible.
About ball pythons or Royal pythons
The ball python (Python regius), also known as the royal python, is a python species found in sub-Saharan Africa. Like all other pythons, it is a nonvenomous constrictor. This is the smallest of the African pythons and is popular in the pet trade, largely due to its small size and typically docile temperament. No subspecies are currently recognized. The name "ball python" refers to the animal's tendency to curl into a ball when stressedor frightened. The name "royal python" (from the Latin regius) comes from the fact that rulers in Africa would wear the python as jewelry.
Maximum adult length of this species is 182 cm (6.0 ft). Females tend to be slightly bigger than males, maturing around 122–137 cm (4.0–4.5 ft). Males typically grow to around 90–107 cm (3.0–3.5 ft). Their build is stocky, while the head is relatively small. The scales are smooth and both sexes have anal spurs on either side of the vent. Although males tend to have larger spurs, this is not definitive, and sex is best determined by manual eversion of the male hemipenes or inserting a probe into the cloaca to check the presence of an inverted hemipenis (if male). When probing to determine sex, males typically measure eight to 10 subcaudal scales, and females typically measure two to four subcaudal scales.
The color pattern is typically black or dark brown with light brown or gold sides and dorsal blotches. The belly is a white or cream that may include scattered black markings. However, those in the pet industries have, through selective breeding, developed many morphs (genetic mutations) with altered colors and patterns. (From Wikipedia)