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Python regius (SHAW, 1802)

IUCN Red List - Python regius - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaPythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Serpentes (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Ball Python, Royal Python
G: Königspython 
SynonymBoa Regia SHAW 1802: 347
Python Belii GRAY 1842: 44
Python regius — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1844: 412
Hortulia regia — SCLATER 1891:5
Python regius — BOULENGER 1893: 88
Python regius — SCHMIDT 1923: 55
Python regius — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 179
Shireenhoserus regia — HOSER 2004
Python regius — SCHLEIP & O’SHEA 2010 
DistributionSenegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, SW Niger (near the border of Benin), Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, N Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Mali, Uganda, Sudan (Owen 1956)

Type locality: unknown
Type locality: Gambia [GRAY 1842] Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
TypesSyntype: BMNH IV 3. 3a. (fide STIMSON 1969) 
CommentSee Love (2004) for illustrations of several color variants.
Length: up to 120-180 cm

Reproduction: oviparous. 
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