The king snake’s jaws are unhinged, allowing it to swallow prey that is larger than its head. They can eat rattlesnakes due to a tolerance to their venom. Potential prey has the best chance of survival if it stays very still, as the king snake is very near sighted.
Ball pythons are named after their defensive nature to curl up into a ball when frightened. In the wild, these small snakes mostly prey on small mammals, rodents and birds.