Royal Python

Royal Python at Wingham Wildlife Park

Royal Python Natural History

Size

Females of this species grow to between 3 foot (90 cm) to (150 cm) 5 foot. Meanwhile males are generally smaller reaching between 2 (60 cm) to 3 foot (90 cm).

Habitat and Distribution

The royal python inhabits the dry grasslands and open forests of Central and Western Africa in countries such as Sudan, Uganda, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Cameroon and The Democratic Republic of Congo.

Age

These snakes can live for over 30 years, the oldest known individual lived to be over 40.

Diet

Royal pythons primarily feed on rodents.

Groups and Breeding

Females lay a clutch of 1-10 eggs between February and April. The female will coil around their clutch until they hatch roughly two months later. Hatchlings are 25-40 cm in length and independent immediately.

Threats

They are listed as ‘Least Concern’ by the IUCN. However, they are hunted for their meat and leather and their biggest threat is the pet trade with thousands being captured and exported each year.

Interesting facts

They are believed to be called the ‘Royal Python’ as African rulers often wore live pythons as jewellery.

The Royal Python During Your Day Out in Kent

The royal python here at Wingham Wildlife Park is on display in the Reptile House. This is also home to a number of other reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates including gray’s monitors, Mexican red knee tarantula and chubby painted frogs