Ball python

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For a list of all snakes, see list of snakes.

ball python SBall python.png
HP 2-5
HD 1
XP 1
Speed 12 (swim: 60%)
AC 0
EV 11
MR 0
Attack1 2 (bite: plain)
Attack2 1 (constrict: crush)


Type of Meat Clean
Resistances rDrown
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Amphibious
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type snake, ball python
Flags Cold-blooded
A small snake that can augment its bite by constricting small creatures.

“The latter lived in the country, and before his house there was an oak, in which there was a lair of snakes. His servants killed the snakes, but Melampus gathered wood and burnt the reptiles, and reared the young ones. And when the young were full grown, they stood beside him at each of his shoulders as he slept, and they purged his ears with their tongues. He started up in a great fright, but understood the voices of the birds flying overhead, and from what he learned from them he foretold to men what should come to pass.”
-Pseudo-Apollodorus , _Library and Epitome_, 1.9.11. circa 150 BC.
trans. Sir James George Frazer, 1913.

“A snake, with mottles rare,
Surveyed my chamber floor,
In feature as the worm before,
But ringed with power.”
-Emily Dickinson, “In Winter In My Room”. circa 1860.

Useful Info

Ball pythons are tiny, quick-moving snakes found all throughout the Dungeon. They are extremely weak, but are capable of constricting you with their attacks, preventing you from moving and dealing minor additional damage. Fortunately, they are little and only capable of grabbing spriggans with any regularity, and any character can kill them easily.

Tips & Tricks

Don't be lulled into a false sense of security by their generally pathetic stats, if they do by chance manage to constrict you their damage will begin going up exponentially. Kill them quickly and try not to get mobbed by them while fighting other monsters.

History

Prior to 0.10, ball pythons were known as small snakes and had a weak poisonous bite instead of a constriction attack.