The typical size of this species of snake is about 4.5 feet long. Some of them are a foot or two longer but they are the exception to the rule. They have a small head with smooth scales along the belly. They also have a very wide girth with lots of power connected to their bodies. They are mainly dark brown or black in color. The have a cream colored belly with some areas of black on it. They have lines of tan or gold on the body in some locations. The coloring really depends on where they live. The idea is for the colors to allow them to easily blend into the surrounding area. This is the smallest of all Pythons found in Africa. They tend to stay in the wooded areas, the grasslands, and the Savannahs. They will move about to various locations in order to find lots of food. They mainly stay on the ground but they will also go into the trees or the water at time. Do to their natural habitat being taken away though they seem to be spreading out more and more. They are also living all of the world due to the ever growing pet trade involving them.
Ball Pythons (Python regius) are snakes, which are well-tempered and fairly easy to maintain. They may also be referred to as "Royal Pythons," or "Regal Pythons." Domestically captive-bred specimens from reputable breeders are available, and much preferred over wild-caught snakes. The natural range of the Ball Python is western Africa to central Africa, just north of the equator. It can be found in open forests, as well as drier savannahs. It is usually found in areas with good cover near open water where it can cool itself during hot weather, since temperatures often exceed 100°F. It spends most of its time on or under the ground in confiscated burrows, although it can climb. It is crepuscular (most active at dawn and at dusk).
The Ball python is the smallest of the African pythons and is very popular as a pet snake because of docile temperament making them easy to handle. The Ball Python (Python regius) can be found in West and Central Africa, reaching from Uganda and South Sudan and west through Nigeria and into Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. Its massive range includes many countries like the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Benin, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, and Togo. Occasionally there have been found some specimens in the Florida Everglades, probably escaped or released pets. But unlike other invasive snakes in Florida, such as the Burmese Python (Python bivittatus), Ball pythons have not yet an established population in the Everglades.