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Ball Python - Science Fair Project

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Taylor Greene

on 14 May 2014

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The Ball Python
My Science Fair Project is About
Their origin ranges from West to Central Africa in the countries of Nigeria, Cameroon, Liberia, Togo, Ghana, and Guinea.
They prefer tropical, arid conditions in the African scrub land and spend most of their time underground in rodent burrows.
Caged and Domestic Living
Domestically bred Royals generally live longer than those in the wild for the obvious reasons. There are no predators in captivity and there's not usually any food shortages..
(size, colour, shape)
Ball Pythons are heavy-bodied snakes with relatively slender necks. They have a unique head shape as well, their head being wider than their necks. They are covered in brown and tan camouflaged scales.
Females are larger than males.
Like most pythons, Royals have pits on the side of their head. This enables them to sense where their prey is and if it is in fact prey.
Before We Begin
- For those who are NOT comfortable being around snakes, please tell me now
- You must remain calm and quiet during the time the animal is out. NO sudden noises and NO sudden movements
- Please be sure to stay away from the animal's head AT ALL TIMES
- There will be a video during this presentation that shows the feeding of a python. If you are not comfortable watching this, simply look away
- While you are handling or touching the animal, be sure not to touch her head and always move your hand in the direction of the scales
- In case of a bite, run the animal's body under cold water
- This particular animal has NEVER bitten anything but the mice she eats. She have never attempted to bite anyone either.
- Despite her naturally docile personality, she is still an unpredictable animal and should be treated as such.
Binomial Name: Python Regius
Common Name: Ball Python
AKA: Royal Python
Snakes that are taken from the wild and then domesticated tend to live shorter lives because of high levels of stress.
There are 5 main types (morphs) of Ball Pythons
There are albinos...
and ghost
The Ball Python actually got it's name because of it's unique defense mechanism.
When it is threatened, the Ball Python will coil into a tight ball, protecting his head between it's coils.
The Cage
Adult pythons need 400-600 square inches of floor space. Which is approximately 2 feet squared
Cold Blooded Animals
Cold blooded animals basically consist of

reptiles - snakes, alligators, lizards, etc

amphibians - frogs, salamanders, etc

fish - salmon, trout, tuna, etc

insects - flies, bees, mosquitoes, etc

and arachnids - spiders, scorpions, mites, etc
Cold Blooded Animals
Cold blooded animals take on the temperature of the environment around them. Meaning, their body temperature stays very close to the temperature of the outside air.

This is why they often bask under heat lamps or lay out in the sun.
Cold Blooded Animals
The food that cold blooded animals consume is not converted into heat energy, but rather turned into to body mass.

That is why they don't need to eat as much food as warm blooded animals.
Warm Blooded Animals
Warm blooded animals consist of

mammals - whales, cows, zebras, etc

and birds - vultures, eagles, gulls, etc
Warm Blooded Animals
Warm blooded animals keep their body temperature around the same temperature no matter what the environment.

Most of the food they consume is converted into heat energy, very little is converted into body mass. This means they must consume large quantities of food on a regular basis.
The enclosure should have a temperature gradient, one end being roughly 10°F warmer than the other.
There should also be a basking area of approximately 95-97°F and should be left on for 8-12 hours a day
The Cage
The temperature of the hot end should be roughly 85 to 90°F
the cool end should be roughly 75 to 80°F
Thank you !!!
- http://vpi.com/publications/the_ball_python_care_sheet
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Python_regius
- http://www.tempwebsite7.co.uk/ballpythonaspet.html
- http://www.angelfire.com/al/repticare/page21.html
- http://www.kingsnake.com/ballpythonguide/
- http://portal.psy.uoguelph.ca/faculty/peters/labmanual/VentralSurface.html
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