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Ball Python

They are called ball pythons in the python region and the ball part in the name because they roll up in a ball for defense. When a ball python is falling down, it would roll up in a ball giving it less injuries. Ball pythons also roll into a ball mostly to keep them warm. A ball python is usually 2 to 4 feet long with some exceptions that get 5 to 6 feet. They have a diet of either pinky mice, hoppers, small mice, rats, rat pups, they also eat gerbals and hamsters.


Hedgehogs occasionally perform a ritual called anointing. When the animal encounters a new scent, it will lick and bite the source, then form a scented froth in its mouth and paste it on its spines with its tongue. It's unknown what the specific purpose of this ritual is, but some experts believe anointing camouflages the hedgehog with the new scent of the area and provides a possible poison or source of infection to predators poked by their spines. Anointing is sometimes also called anting because of a similar behavior in birds.

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