Ball pythons attempt to avoid detection by predators and to seek cover. Defenses include camouflage, escape attempts, bluffing displays, and biting. Ball pythons are best known for “balling,” in which they form a tight ball with the head at the center. There are few known predators of adults, although the trappers of Ghana have reported that black cobras (Naja nigricollis) prey on small and medium pythons. Some known predators, especially of young pythons, include humans (Homo sapiens), carnivorous mammals, and birds of prey.
- humans (Homo sapiens)
- carnivores (Carnivora)
- large birds of prey (Falconiformes)
- black cobras (Naja nigricollis)
Anti-predator Adaptations: cryptic