Snakes usually only have one thin lung. However, pythons have two lungs, one of which is considerably smaller than the other. They also have been shown to hold remnants of hind legs and pelvic bones.
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Royal pythons (or ball pythons) belong to the Boid family of snakes, including all pythons and boas. The Royal python is one of the smaller species only growing to around 1.5m (5ft) in length.
Royal pythons (or ball pythons) are found in the rain forests of Western Africa, particularly Ghana and Togo. Although they can climb, they spend most of their time in underground burrows becoming active at night.
All snakes are carnivores (meat eaters). Royal pythons eat rodents, amongst other small mammals. In the wild they feed almost exclusively on gerbils.
Female royal pythons lay eggs, which they curl round and incubate. Pythons can live for up to 40 years.
Royal pythons are not currently classed as endangered due to their large range, however they are threatened by the international pet trade, as well as hunting for meat and leather.