Ball pythons are one of the most popular non-native snakes. They can be confused with Burmese pythons but are rarely over 4 feet long. Ball pythons have a series of light-colored blotches (often described as dumbbell shapes) on a dark background.  Sometimes there are dark spots within the light colored blotches. Ball pythons have a dark wedge on the head. Although ball pythons have been found in the wild, there are no known reproducing populations.

Ball Python Ball Python Yearling
Ball Python Ball Python Yearling
Burmese pythons have dark blotches on a light background. Ball pythons have light-colored blotches on a dark background and a dark wedge on top of the head.
Burmese pythons have dark blotches on a light background. Ball pythons have light-colored blotches on a dark background and a dark wedge on top of the head.


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