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“To y’all asking questions – Didn’t you read the article?

Read up ^ and I’m sure you’ll be able to answer your own question…
Posted by romtang, Mar 8, 2020 03:12 PM


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Yes a snake can die from mites. The mites suck the blood of the snake.
Posted by John, Feb 28, 2020 02:32 PM

can a 5 month ball python die from snake mites
Posted by mac, Dec 11, 2019 10:22 AM

can i have more than one ball python in a 40 gallon if i put them there as babys
Posted by ball noob, Dec 6, 2019 07:17 AM

Okay so I have a question… I was thinking about installing a cage for my future ball python into one particular part of my closet which is about 41 × 15 × 12 inches big so I’m wondering if that’s big enough for a full grown ball python… I will most likely get a male because they get noticeably smaller so I’m hoping that this will be possible 😁👍
Posted by ReptileLovef, Nov 24, 2019 08:07 PM

Okay so I have a question… I was thinking about installing the cage for my ball python into one part of my closet which is about 41 × 15 × 12 so I was wondering if that is big enough for a grown ball python.. I will probably get a male because they get noticeably smaller than females so I’m hoping that this will be possible. 😁👍
Posted by ReptileLovef, Nov 24, 2019 08:03 PM

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ball pythons are awesome! but when i search them up, sometimes i get Burmese python. why is that?
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 28, 2019 10:23 AM

ball pythons are awesome! but when i search them up, sometimes i get Burmese python. why is that?
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 28, 2019 10:22 AM

Wanted to see if a 40watt black light would be good for my 3ft female ball python? N she hides under her water bowl all day until nite time but its more after i turn her light off. Think it might be bc of the screentop?
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 16, 2019 07:30 AM

Hi I have a 3 1/2 to 4 foot ball python and I was wanting to know the size of prey to feed her
Posted by rosebud_19990, Oct 2, 2019 12:36 PM

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Hi, my ball python is almost 27 years old and can go for weeks without eating. Is this normal?
Posted by Anonymous, Sep 30, 2019 06:23 PM

What substrate would you recomend?
Posted by Anonymous, Sep 24, 2019 01:27 PM

I am lucky, I live in Florida. My front porch is screened in and is about 30′ by 15′. I let her run there. I hardly see her except at night. Or when she is hungry, she will come out and lay her head on this plastic human skull and stare at me. Go get a rat. She likes me because I feed her and will come up to me when she needs fed. Other than that, I don’t bother her and she is happy about that. Have fun, they are nice.
Posted by iantruble, Sep 10, 2019 12:18 AM

my scenice teacher has a ball python.
Posted by Anonymous, Sep 3, 2019 08:49 AM

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“I have a banana clown , beautiful and very healthy. Handling is about building trust so your snake is not afraid and becomes accustomed to being handled. I never put my hand in front of his head , ball pythons don’t like this. I always make sure I support all of his body keeping my hands open and supportive while allowing him the freedom to move and explore. I move slow and easy and away from his head.
I keep 2 meters in my cage plus a meter to spot check. One to check temperature and one to check humidity. I use an under cage heat pad with an automatic temperature control gauge that shuts on and off as needed to keep my warm hide temperature in range. None of theses items are expensive and can be purchased at any pet store . Once your enclosure is set up, it practically takes care of itself.
You keep the water bowl clean and fresh water. Feed weekly and your snake will be very happy and healthy.
Different breeds do have different requirements to keep them healthy. I have owned king snakes, corn snakes, red tail boas and currently raising a baby pumpkin head Sumatran .
Read read read read , get educated on your snakes needs . And use forums like this to ask questions
Posted by Anonymous, Aug 13, 2019 01:36 PM


how do you keep the humidity up?
Posted by Anonymous, Aug 7, 2019 04:20 AM

I’m confused about the heat. I have a heated day lamp and night lamp. Which means there’s always light. Do I get rid of the night basking light so my python knows it’s night and has his 12 hr cycle down?
Posted by Anonymous, Aug 4, 2019 09:08 AM

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is a 75 Gal tank too large for a adult female ball python?
Posted by Anonymous, Jul 31, 2019 10:54 AM

“Okay this is a good care sheet overall but I have a couple errors I would like to warn everyone against.
First of all, you should definetly NOT keep your snake in a small enclosure. I laughed a little bit when I read that snakes can get stressed out in too big areas. This may be true for a few snakes out in the world but most snakes LOVE all the space they can get. In the wild snakes don’t sit in a small square for their entire lives. They like exploring and moving around. So when finding an enclosure, I recommend that you get a large enclosure because I promise that your snake will love it. If you have a baby snake, I would get a medium sized enclosure just because you want to quarantine them and make sure they are healthy. But after they finish quarantine and they gain some size, i recommend upgrading them.
Next – you should definetly have more than one hide in your snakes enclosure. Snakes need to feel secure and should have lots of foliage (plants, leaves, etc., these can be real or fake just be sure they won’t harm your snake in any way) and hides to feel secure. I recommend at least 2-3 but it also depends on size of the enclosure. You should have at least one hide for each side of the enclosure ( so a warm hide / humid hide and a normal hide ) this way they can feel happy and secure and also the humid hide will be especially helpful when your snake sheds. Also I feel like I should mention a little bit about what happens when a snake sheds since the article did not cover that. When a snake is getting ready to shed its whole body will become very dull in color and the eyes of a snake will turn blue. The snake will also NOT be in the best of moods and may be very moody. A snake can be in shed for many days and it can be very stressful for the snake to be handled during this process so it is highly recommended to leave your snake alone. You can try and offer food, but it is more than likley that the snake won’t take it anyways. The shed of a snake should be in one piece. You should have the whole body and head and even the eyecaps of the snake on the shed. If you have this.. Great! You are doing everything right and your snake is happy and healthy. If your snakes shed is not in one piece ( if its torn, then that’s okay but if pieces are missing, that’s not ) then something is wrong. If your snake has shed still on him/her, this is referred to as “”stuck shed”” and is not a cause for alarm. You should definetly try to get the shed off but DO NOT pull it off or pick it off yourself. This is not safe and can harm your snake. Instead there are many ways you can get rid of the stuck shed. One of the easiest and most common ways is to fill a plastic bin or bathtub with moderate tempurature to SLIGHTLY warmed water and placing your snake in there to soak. Temperature is vital in this part. Too cold of water or too hot can shock your snake and that won’t be good. Be sure to only fill the bath or bin with shallow water to prevent your snake from drowning. Place a lid on the bin (or if its a bathtub then try to keep your snake from climing out) to keep your snake from escaping. If you are doing a bin make sure the bin has air holes for ventilation and oxygen. Let your snake soak for around 10-15 minutes at the most at a time and supervize your snake during this time. You will notice after taking your snake out of the water that some shed will be gone, this is good. It will most likely take a few soaks to get rid of all the stuck shed by the way. Also, if your snake has stuck shed then you are doing something wrong in its care. Up the humidy levels and be sure you have good substrate (I would not recommend newspaper or paper towels for long term substrate). Your snake also may be stressed out so try to not handle your snake as often to let them relax. Also, when providing lighting for your snake, I would keep their lights and heat lamp on for the entire day and turn them off in the evening and leave them off for the night, to give the snake a cycle. Another tip, DO NOT KEEP THE HEAT BULB IN THE ENCLOSURE WITHOUT PROTECTION AROUND IT!! Snakes will wrap their bodies around the heat bulb and burn themselves. Also, as the article mentioned, DO NOT buy heat rocks. They are notorious for overheating and burning your snake.

I am not a professional obviously but these are things I know and hope you take into consideration. Other than a few mistakes, this article is a very good guide. If you have anything to add or correct in my guide or this articles, please also share!!! I hope everyone reading this has a nice day. 🙂
Posted by Anonymous, Jul 4, 2019 12:34 AM


Read the article above all who are new to ball pythons. As a 20 year fan and owner of ball pythons (I prefer Royal Python personally. Cleopatra used to wear juvenile royals as jewellery on her wrists and ankles. Just thought I’d throw that fact in) I can highly recommend Royals for a first snake. They are placid animals and like it says above these posts if you do a little research and keep them cleaned out regularly and be patient when first handling them you will get so much joy from them it’s amazing. Anyone who has never had a snake would not understand. They do have individual personalities. My fave, Ozzie, (regular royal) has me wishing I could just for a minute climb in his head and see just what he is thinking? They are entertaining to watch as they chit about the vivarium checking that a rat hasn’t suddenly appeared in the 15 seconds since he was last on that side of his tank. He’s in our bedroom so as we are going to sleep he is just beginning to get warmed up. Love him and all 5 of my royals. If you want a snake that’s uncomplicated to keep and easy to handle a royal is for you. Please believe me.
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 29, 2019 03:26 AM

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I recently adopted a pinstripe ball python. This is my first snake. I couldn’t be happier with her. I now have her set up in a bioactive enclosure. She seems to really love it. I love being able to handle her easily, and it gets better each time I do. We seem to be building a good bond. I would definitley recommend a ball to anyone whether beginner or expert keeper.
Posted by Anonymous, May 25, 2019 12:21 PM

hi I have 2 ball pyhanots ther doing very good ther getting big
Posted by Anonymous, May 18, 2019 02:24 PM

For anyone asking is ball pythons or pied blad ball pythons are first timer good snakes. Yes, they are I have a snake and its a fire bald ball python and is super docile and sweet. I recommend ball python breeds.
Posted by Anonymous, May 8, 2019 08:39 PM

I need help with my ball python ahe is 2 years old and this is my first time owning a snake and i just dont want her to get sick
Posted by Just Me, Apr 29, 2019 05:47 AM

a male will reach 3 to four feet and females can reach 5 to even 6 feet!
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 25, 2019 12:40 PM

is a ball python a good snake for a first time owner??
Posted by Reptiles, Apr 16, 2019 09:52 PM

is a piebald ball python a good first time owning a snake?
Posted by Reptiles, Apr 16, 2019 09:51 PM

If my ball python has recently started hanging outside her little hide then could this be a sign of potential issues? I’m new to this species so I’m a bit concerned and just thought I’d ask. Thank you.
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 9, 2019 07:14 AM

“I would like to thank you for providing accurate information for new Pet Parents. I came across this and am thrilled to see you give all the details. However, pet parents should also be aware of ‘mouth and belly rot’ and that you may have to administer antibiotics. Find a vet who treats snakes incase you ever need it. Thank you again for your information for all pet parents
Laura Staff
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 4, 2019 04:00 AM


“Research what morph you plan on buying first!
I saw a spider morph picture on here and while they may be beautiful, the genes have given them a wobble that makes them much harder to care for in some cases.
Basically the snake cannot balance when handled or strike at food properly and may bit into itself or hurt itself on glass.
Just research what snake you are buying down to even the morph you are looking at.
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 27, 2019 11:32 AM


Thank you so much I just recently got my ball python and I’m enjoying it already and I’m really excited to start the journey!
Posted by SophieSnakes🐍, Mar 8, 2019 03:09 PM

hi
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 6, 2019 11:31 AM

“Ball pythons

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Posted by Anonymous, Feb 15, 2019 12:04 PM


I only skimmed the article but I did see some common misconceptions within it. pythons require an enclosure with a length and width a that add up to the length of the animal. for example if a python is about 4 feet in length an appropriate enclosure would be 2ft by 2 ft or 3 ft by 1 ft. Too small of an enclosure will infact stress them out and can often times lead to low muscle mass and obesity, that being said an open and empty enclosure with no hides will stress them out as well and leave them feeling exposed. As for heat sources they prefer heating pads under the enclosure as they are not natural baskers, a heat lamp should be provided at one end of the enclosure creating a heat gradient (with hides on either sides). substrates are best when they are natural, and enclosures are best when bioactive, they have many substrates made specially for pythons online, too much moisturize retention in the substrate can lead to scale rot, and too little can dry them out and lead to problems with shedding. of course i’m no expert, I URGE YOU TO LOOK FOR REPUTABLE SOURCES WITH MUCH EXPERIENCE. I’m only commenting for the health of these animals and don’t wish to see any animals in unfortunate conditions. They are animals that (even as a beginner animal) require a lot of care and attention. Humidity levels, temperature, enclosure type and size, substrates and hides are all vital to the happiness of your scaled cutie. Of course many knowledgeable breeders and owners have simple small enclosures with paper towel “substrates”, and thats their choice and it definitely helps with cleanup, but in my opinion taking some extra time and money to make even my $25 normal pyhton more comfortable, results in a much calmer and happier snake. I would like to add again I am not an expert infact i’m an 18 year old college student with a proclivity for reptiles and all my information I recite has indeed come from mostly Internet sources and personal experience. please of course look beyond this cite and my own comment to make your baby happy and healthy! 🙂
Posted by I made an acct for this, Feb 1, 2019 08:39 AM

How big do normal ball pythons get?
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 29, 2019 12:58 PM

“I have no questions, just want to post Memorial for my ball python… She passed away two days ago now… Due to unknown reasons, we believe that when the power went out she became too cold and since passed (it was -30°C here over night).
Snakes are absolutely amazing pets… She was my baby, my little cuddle bug.
I will always love her…
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 25, 2019 09:59 PM


for the question on heating I would recommend heat tape with a temperature controlling thermostat. this can be found for under a 100 dollars at pangeareptiles.com
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 14, 2019 03:20 PM

“(Replying to Izzy) Since you are a complete beginner to reptiles, I would recommend that you do plenty of research from many different sources. Make sure that you know absolutely everything to know about it before you make a purchase.
To be sure that your pet is happy and healthy, make sure it has enough space. A good rule of thumb is that the length of the enclosure is at least 1.5 – 2 times the length of your snake. Speaking of housing, the enclosure can be glass, plastic, or even wood. I recommend glass because it doesn’t mold and it is compatible with heat mats.
Another thing to think about is hides. All hides should be big enough for your snake. Make sure there are no sharp edges.

That’s all I can think of that wasn’t put in care guides, good luck.
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 13, 2019 01:24 PM


Hi, my name’s Izzy and I’m really interested in getting a snake. I have never had a reptile before and frankly don’t really know how to care for one. Any advice?
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 11, 2019 06:47 PM

“It is no longer commended to move your snake to feed them, as moving them after a meal could stress them and cause regurgitation, or refusal to eat.
As far as morphmarket.com goes, it is am amazing site to find and buy reptiles from. Avoid underground reptiles. They have a bad rep for sending sick animals. Banana ball pythons are gorgeous! However, the spider morph is prone to a neurological disorder called “”wobble””. It doesn’t hurt them, though it’s not recommended for a very first time snake owner. Stress causes the issue to flare up worse, and can sometimes effect thwir ability to eat. With ball pythons being notoriously picky eaters to begin with, this could pose additional issues with a brand new keeper. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. However, ball pythons are not a super difficult species to keep, on average, so long as you do a good deal of homework before bringing one home.
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 7, 2019 09:47 PM


“my python is just over a year old and about 3’6 in length.
I feed her in her tank on schedule and she can tell when its my hand coming in to touch her or if I have dinner ready on a set of long feeding tongs (she can smell the difference)
I was deathly afraid of snakes. I had an ex bf rehome his before I would move in with him and now that I own one of my own ( she was a rescue) I adore her. Shes fun and relaxes with me. I know they “”dont have feelings”” but I like to think she does. She rubs her head back and forth on me which now lets me give her head rubs. I have never been bitten because shes been afraid or confused me for food since I have always hand fed her. I love her. BallPythons are the best pet to have next to a dog lol
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 29, 2018 08:56 PM


Do I really need a basking lamp or can I just get a under tank heating pad?
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 29, 2018 07:42 PM

“I really, really want a Mojave Ball Python. I’ve done many hours of research but I’m not sure what to do with the basking bulbs. Where do I buy the lamp to put them in? Do I need a special lamp that attaches to the enclosure? Please help!
-Vehn
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 27, 2018 06:23 PM


“I really, really want a Mojave Ball Python. I’ve done many hours of research but I’m not sure what to do with the basking bulbs. Where do I buy the lamp to put them in? Do I need a special lamp that attaches to the enclosure? Please help!
-Vehn
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 27, 2018 05:43 PM


I was always taught that you should put your snake into something else to feed them, that way they dont think everytime you put your hand in their home its food..
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 15, 2018 12:32 AM

Hello! I’m super interested in this Banna spider ball python, but my parents don’t approve yet. I’m hooked on this particular snake on morphmarket.com. Is that a reliable source to get my snake? Also, as a first time snake keeper, would that be a good choice? Sorry, I have a lot of questions. Another thing is, what kind of hides and terrarium should I get? Please reply, I REALLY need some more info to convince my parents. Thanks!
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 9, 2018 04:51 PM

I’m curious how a snake could get stressed out in a larger enclosure if you provide the necessary hides? I could understand if you have no hides and you got a small snake in a large tub…or hides that are too large…but not an enclosure that’s too big. In fact, in my limited experience, snakes do enjoy stretching out
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 28, 2018 02:43 PM

“hi! i just wanted to talk about something i saw when reading through this. when it says “”if a snake looks like it is going to strike, it’s best to not handle it,”” i just started shaking my head. you should never teach a snake that when it prepares to strike at you, or if it does strike, that you will go away and it can resume its business. this is one of the worst things you can do when trying to tame down your snake! what you should do is be confident when going to handle them. dont play chicken with your hand and the snake – of course they’re going to strike! instead, just calmly but firmly go to pick them up. you can’t just hope they’ll be in a better mood later, because later they’re going to know how to get you to go away!

more information with this wonderful lady on how to tame an “”aggressive”” snake:

Posted by Anonymous, Nov 17, 2018 11:27 AM


“Hi! I’m currently thinking of getting a ball python. I want to get one from a pet store, but I know they tend to be less healthy and all that. I have some questions before I do, so I can prove to my parents I can take care of it.

1. What is a reliable place to get a snake?
2. Should I worry about keeping the snake in the room I spend most of my time?
– My dog is quite large and can be jealous but I’d never handle the snake around him for fear of him grabbing it or it grabbing him. Would it be safe to even have him in the same room as the tank?
3. As I am only 15, turning 16 next year, I do not have a source of income- I plan to start doing art for pay but I have not started that yet. How much would the annual cost of owning a ball python be?
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 16, 2018 09:49 AM


I like dogs and I can not lie
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 15, 2018 08:49 AM

HELLO! I am really interested in getting a ball python. I have tried to exsplain to my parents that ball pythons are not only fairly low maintenance (compared to other snake species) but they are also rather safe. They still do not want to let me purchase a snake (I would be using my own money for the food,snake,and terrarium setup) Does anyone have any advice? I have a specific snake I want and he might sell before I get a chance to purchase him. I REALLY want this ball python for Christmas.
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 13, 2018 07:26 AM

HELLO! I am really interested in getting a ball python. I have tried to exsplain to my parents that ball pythons are not only fairly low maintenance (compared to other snake species) but they are also rather safe. They still do not want to let me purchase a snake (I would be using my own money for the food,snake,and terrarium setup) Does anyone have any advice? I have a specific snake I want and he might sell before I get a chance to purchase him. I REALLY want this ball python for Christmas.
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 12, 2018 05:54 PM

I just want to be ready for when I get my own, from a friend. She’s a female BP and of unique color apparently. Been waiting my whole life to actually own a snake 🐍. My friend will be send me a heat mat and mite stuff to rub along the scales w a cloth gently.
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 2, 2018 11:41 PM

To the anon 17 yr old. You might want to ask your parents about this snake thing before they end up flushing them down the toilet and the snakes end up end up like other snakes on snap chat. i have seen marriages end over a snake. play it safe. sincerely divorced 27 yr old.
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 28, 2018 09:46 PM

I am 17 and in a few weeks my 14 year old sister and I are going to get our little danger noodles. BUT we haven’t told our parents because my mom HATES snakes. She also hated my Bearded Dragon at first but not she is the baby in the house, super spoiled! I have done research for years but am finally ballsy enough to go for it! I have had a passion for snakes my whole life, many family friends have them, and I am super excited. If anyone has any additional tips other than the basics that would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance 🙂
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 24, 2018 08:47 AM

“Hi, I’m a first-time snake owner and I want to get a BP, but I’m still learning. I’ve done quite a bit of research, and yet I still feel like I’ve got a long way to go before I’ve gotten all the information I need. Is there anything else I should know?

-XxPeculiar_LadybugxX
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 11, 2018 05:27 PM


“To the 15 yr old: it’s awesome that you’re doing tons of research! So many people (myself included) don’t do their homework beforehand and then run into trouble and don’t know what to do. I’ve had my noodle for about 5 years, I use a reptile humidifier (found on amazon) for his tank since I bought a glass one with a screen top (oops). I made some plexi covering for the majority of the top of the tank which has helped a ton in holding in moisture. The humidifier holds about 2L of water iirc, and is easy to refill. The hose took some tweaking to work with the top of my tank, and it seems most people who use them have to modify the hose in some way. I had a lot of trouble early on with my baby going off feed and having terrible sheds, and it was all related to humidity, so that’s a very important factor. I’d say even this article is inaccurate and the humidity should be more like 60-70%, and you can boost it a big higher when you see them going into shed.
I use coconut fiber bedding for his tank, and spot clean with just a latex glove and a baggie for the waste.
Best of luck to you and I hope you have many happy years with your future noodle!
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 11, 2018 10:44 AM


Our ball wasn’t eating regularly and it turned out he had pin worms. Take a fresh poop sample with your snake to the vet if it is off feed for more than a few months. Our 5 foot male ate live mice until recently, when he ate 8 at a time it was time for frozen rats. Hiding a lot usually means he’s close to a shed. When he starts striking at everything he’s usually hungry. We feed him in his tank and haven’t had a problem with him striking us. Hope this helps other ball owners. My question is, how much should a 5 footer weigh? Our vet thinks ours is chunky and that was when he was off feed for a long time with the worms. I think it was swelling from the worms. Balls are thick bodied.
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 10, 2018 09:52 PM

“Hello!
Lot of questions here in the comments and not a lot of answers, so here’s a poor excuse of one :).
I have a year old ball python, my gf has a 6 year old one, and also we have a year old red tail boa.
When your snake isn’t eating or is acting in a frustrating way, we decided that for the most part it boils down to three things.
1. Are the temps fluctuating irrationally/outside influences interfering? (ie tank is a bit too large for the size of snake or too cold?)
2. Is it shedding or hasn’t defecated last meal yet? (Constipated)
3. Best and most common solution to most problems is (provided they have privacy in some form) leave them alone (COMPLETELY!!) for two-five days. Super tempting to not follow thru with this, but trust me, sometimes they just need to be left alone.

My baby girl bumblebee is a little anxiety noodle and will freak out if too much is going on and needs alone time sometimes, while my gfs 4 ft long snake can take literally any kind of abuse from children. They are all very different. My red tail is gonna be a 10 ft snake so she’s not going anywhere near kids lol.
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 10, 2018 12:56 AM


“Hello!
Lot of questions here in the comments and not a lot of answers, so here’s a poor excuse of one :).
I have a year old ball python, my gf has a 6 year old one, and also we have a year old red tail boa.
When your snake isn’t eating or is acting in a frustrating way, we decided that for the most part it boils down to three things.
1. Are the temps fluctuating irrationally/outside influences interfering? (ie tank is a bit too large for the size of snake or too cold?)
2. Is it shedding or hasn’t defecated last meal yet? (Constipated)
3. Best and most common solution to most problems is (provided they have privacy in some form) leave them alone (COMPLETELY!!) for two-five days. Super tempting to not follow thru with this, but trust me, sometimes they just need to be left alone.

My baby girl bumblebee is a little anxiety noodle and will freak out if too much is going on and needs alone time sometimes, while my gfs 4 ft long snake can take literally any kind of abuse from children. They are all very different. My red tail is gonna be a 10 ft snake so she’s not going anywhere near kids lol.
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 10, 2018 12:56 AM


how can i convince my mom to let me get a pet noodle? I’m 13 and have been thinking about it for a while… the only issue is i need my moms permission and I’m not sure how to persuade her into letting me buy a pet snake :I
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 9, 2018 01:40 PM

How long of a time difference is between when a juvenile ball python will defecate and urinate? I just got Khaleesi a day ago!
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 8, 2018 06:29 PM

I have a normal male ball python. He is very young still he eats well, a large mouse every week at the moment. I limit my handling of the snake to once a month! He seems happy comes out about midnight usually to have a cruise round his tank. I find it peculiar that he spends most hits time in his cool spot! Is this common?
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 3, 2018 08:35 AM

Hello I’m a beginner snake owner. Oh never had one but always dreamed. Right now I’m savung up all my money for a ball python. Are there any tips or things I should know before I get one?
Posted by Anonymous, Sep 23, 2018 02:42 AM

Hello, I rescued this small snake. It might just be days old. I live in Southeast Asia and I’ve secured the little snek in a comfy container with a hideout and clean water. I’ve been doing some reading on its’ diet but I’ve only seen either rodents or fish. Can I feed the little one crickets or small insects?
Posted by Anonymous, Sep 19, 2018 04:23 PM

“I am 15 and i have been doing a lot of research on ball pythons i will be getting one when i move out so i want to be well knowledgeable of how to take care of one before i get it instead of experimenting. I want to know different methods for keeping the humidity and the best method for cleaning out a cage. I still have a while but i’m keeping the information written down if that helps?? Please give me advice for my future ‘nope rope’.

sincerely,
A human you don’t know 😛
Posted by Anonymous, Sep 14, 2018 08:36 AM


So lately my ball pythons been acting weird. Tho no signs of illness. Hes been pretty aggressive (striking at the tank when we get close to it). And even when we try to remove him from his tank for feeding. I recently switched jobs so my wife’s been feeding him. But she hasent been pulling him out of the tank since hes been so aggressive. We usually put him in a large starlite container for feeding. Any suggestions?
Posted by Anonymous, Sep 10, 2018 03:53 PM

I bought my albino pinstripe about 2 weeks ago, hes about 1. I thought his color are getting really whiteish yellow and he hasnt been out of his hide for a few days. Are these signs of him going into shed?
Posted by Anonymous, Jul 25, 2018 06:25 PM

I live in northern Cali where it gets 120 sometimes during the summer and humidity is usually 0. I use a mixture of Ecoearth and Zoomed Forest floor and without even misting it I have 55-60% humidity. I have a screen top, glass aquarium and I use a heat lamp. It’s been working fine and I have to every once in a while mist the enclosure. The substrate has been the trick for me. Good luck everyone.
Posted by Anonymous, Jul 12, 2018 08:14 PM

My boy is 16 yrs. old and will go off his feed for 2 mos. at a time and drives me nuts! He’s healthy and great but will only eat live mice; yrs. ago I tried a small rat and it became a pet! Just learn your snakes attitude and enjoy, they are great pets and great for getting people to like snakes who are some what afraid.
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 16, 2018 07:08 PM

Many ball pythons are very picky eaters if your ball python does not want frozen pinky mice you might have to try live. Yes feeding live mice is very sad sometimes but it’s the way of life for a snake. But note this if you feed your ball python live mice or rats it will stick to it. Like I said they are picky eaters. Mine only will eat live mice. She doesn’t even look at the frozen. They also will not eat if they don’t want to. Don’t force the snake. If you end up getting a live mouse then try to use a tupperware container to put it in just put paper towels in the bottom and give a little bit of water. Then try to feed it the snake the next day. Mice aren’t that expensive maybe around 3-5$. As to keeping the humidity try to change the substrate maybe Cyprus mulch and rain forest floor substrate works. That’s especially if you’re not in a humidity climate range or wet a towel with warm water and put it on half the cage.
Posted by Anonymous, May 23, 2018 06:10 PM

“Friends,
I bought a ball python a month ago & I’m still experimenting w how 2 keep the temp & humidity up. I try 2 keep the temp between 80°-90° & the humidity between 50-60%. I have a white & red bulb on 1 side of the tank (40 gal glass aquarium w screen top) & a towel covering the cool side over the water bowl. I’ve heard sum wrap cardboard in tinfoil. (Opinions on that?) He has a hidey hole, plenty of foliage, & I use eco earth substrate whatever & coconut shaving shit on top of that. No heat pads, he can just deal w it.
I’m explaining myself cuz I’m hoping sum1 can tell me a better way or if what I explained sounds wrong. Ka would appreciate ur input & tips as well cuz he prolly thinks I suck. Thank u 4 helping
Sincerely,
Owner of Ka
Posted by Anonymous, May 13, 2018 09:06 PM


So I’ve always always always wanted a snake, and now that im in a position where I can afford to take care of one, I’d love to have one. My only concern is that I have other animals as well. Any suggestions, comments, words of wisdom? They don’t have to be okay mates, I just want to avoid possibly unhealthy environments for the snake/other animals. Thanks for the help (kingnerdygeek@gmail.com)
Posted by Anonymous, May 1, 2018 10:28 PM

I’m planning on getting a ball python in about three months, but something I’m concerned about is the humidity. This is my first time owning a snake. It will be kept in a relatively dry room, most likely in a terrarium of appropriate size. What can I do to make sure that its terrarium is humid enough? Is there special equipment I can use? If anyone can help me with this, please email me at pikamew99@gmail.com. Thank you so much!
Posted by Anonymous, May 1, 2018 12:20 PM

i want to get a first time snake if you have any suggestions send them to me through my e-mail please richardw18@icloud.com I’m still deciding but i want to make sure if i do get a ball python i can take proper care of it. Thank you.
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 19, 2018 01:28 AM

“In reply to “”Any suggestions on possible modifications to allow the screen to hold humidity in a bit more?””
Cover 3/4 of the screen with a damp towel.
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 18, 2018 12:01 PM


It costs me roughly $3 per week to feed my male adult ball python
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 15, 2018 09:42 PM

We have a baby ball python, last ate a little over a month ago, have tried feeding her but she ignores the frozen pinky that is warned to room temp. What can be done to get her to eat ?
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 7, 2018 08:50 PM

Really it needs frickin 30-40 gallons??? That is a lot I thought it only needed a long 20 gallon
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 1, 2018 11:02 PM

i have a ball python named bailey and she is gentle and mellow and she is non agressive they are definetely great first time pet snakes
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 1, 2018 08:59 PM

I would like to get one but don’t really know how much the cost will be. How much would it cost per month to feed a ball python??
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 27, 2018 08:38 AM

“I’m interested in getting a ball python, especially since my eastern coachwhip snake escaped (I was on a camping trip and the caretaker of my snake forgot to latch the lid one night, it was gone the next morning). For those that don’t know, an eastern coachwhip is a moderately aggressive (same scale as the Texas water snake and the water moccasin), non-venomous snake.

If you are concerned with being bitten by a snake at feeding time, let me offer some words of advice – handle it more. It took about a month to get my coachwhip tamed to where I could handle it freely, but afterwards, it was perfectly fine with me. And I fed it in its terrarium, without gloves after said month of trial. The trick is, letting it get to know you, your heat signature and your smell, and associate it not with food, but with a creature it can trust. Then, once you have released the food item, it will then register that as a potential food item and go after it, because it no longer has the shield of you.
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 19, 2018 12:22 PM


“I’m interested in getting a ball python, especially since my eastern coachwhip snake escaped (I was on a camping trip and the caretaker of my snake forgot to latch the lid one night, it was gone the next morning). For those that don’t know, an eastern coachwhip is a moderately aggressive (same scale as the Texas water snake and the water moccasin), non-venomous snake.

If you are concerned with being bitten by a snake at feeding time, let me offer some words of advice – handle it more. It took about a month to get my coachwhip tamed to where I could handle it freely, but afterwards, it was perfectly fine with me. And I fed it in its terrarium, without gloves after said month of trial. The trick is, letting it get to know you, your heat signature and your smell, and associate it not with food, but with a creature it can trust. Then, once you have released the food item, it will then register that as a potential food item and go after it, because it no longer has the shield of you.
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 18, 2018 03:26 PM


Depending on the enclosure, slide glass over half the top to help with humidity?
Posted by John, Mar 16, 2018 11:57 PM

They mention that screen lid tanks are difficult to keep in humidity. I already have one from a previous reptile. Any suggestions on possible modifications to allow the screen to hold humidity in a bit more?
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 11, 2018 12:12 PM

Taking a snake out of its enclosure for feeding is unnecessary and a risk for irritation and regurgitation. We always fed our snakes in their cages and never had any problems. Never been bitten by a snake thinking it was feeding time just because they were fed in their enclosure. Snakes arent dumb and unless you run pinkies or rats all over your hands before handling, they know the difference between food and owner.
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 2, 2018 09:21 PM

So wait, is it okay to handle your bp for a few seconds to get them into another container for feeding? And then pick them back up to be put back in their tank once they’re finished? Or does this stress them out and it needs to be done another way?
Posted by Anonymous, Feb 25, 2018 02:13 PM

To the person who asked about taking the snake out for feedings. We always do, and we have a plastic storage box for that purpose. You don’t want them associating the opening of their cage with food delivery. You are more likely to be bitten if that happens, as she may think your reaching hand contains a rat. For feeding we put her in the box and then drop the rat in (or dangle thawed ones).
Posted by Anonymous, Feb 24, 2018 06:48 AM

I found this article informative and engaging. I inherited a 5 year old female granite ball python 18 months ago when my son was stationed where he couldn’t take her. Between my vet and a local breeder , who have been amazing helping her and I adjust, your website makes the perfect trifecta of information. Just wanted to thank you.
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 30, 2018 10:45 PM

I want a bp so bad but may I ask should I take my bp out of the cage to feed it? I don’t think I should but then a gain I’ve never owned a bp so what do I know.
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 26, 2018 07:52 PM

““What’s the ideal cage/tank size? Is there any way to keep the snake in the same tank it’s entire life or would it be better to get two: a small one for when the snake is juvenile, and a larger one for when it’s fully grown? I’ve seen videos where people keep them in clear plastic storage containers, but also where they’ve been kept in large glass tanks. I’m thinking about getting a ball python, and these are just a few questions and concerns I have.”

I recommend a 20 gallon long for a baby and juvenile and at least a 40 gallon breeder for an adult. Make sure that the screen top is secured well with clips or heavy objects since they are a pretty strong animal. I prefer two to four clips if you buy the cage separately from the tank to clip in down (depends really on the size and strength of the snake but it’s better to be safe rather than sorry!)
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 13, 2018 01:45 PM


What’s the ideal cage/tank size? Is there any way to keep the snake in the same tank it’s entire life or would it be better to get two: a small one for when the snake is juvenile, and a larger one for when it’s fully grown? I’ve seen videos where people keep them in clear plastic storage containers, but also where they’ve been kept in large glass tanks. I’m thinking about getting a ball python, and these are just a few questions and concerns I have.
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 9, 2018 04:42 PM

What’s the ideal cage/tank size? Is there any way to keep the snake in the same tank it’s entire life or would it be better to get two: a small one for when the snake is juvenile, and a larger one for when it’s fully grown? I’ve seen videos where people keep them in clear plastic storage containers, but also where they’ve been kept in large glass tanks. I’m thinking about getting a ball python, and these are just a few questions and concerns I have.
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 9, 2018 04:41 PM

“I inheirated a Fire Ball Python from a roomate that left him or her. Right around 3 feet long, I have him in a 180 gallon tank. I have a king snake that eats just about anything but im not sure exactly what size rats I should feeed the fireball. (No the kingsnake and fireball are not in the same house)
Please email me @ pheiland82@gmail.com. thanks a ton!
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 7, 2018 11:54 PM


Hi, Is tap water okay for a ball python, and if I am not home for 2-4 days does someone need to change the water for it everyday? Thanks!
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 7, 2018 10:12 PM

What’s the ideal cage/tank size? Is there any way to keep the snake in the same tank it’s entire life or would it be better to get two: a small one for when the snake is juvenile, and a larger one for when it’s fully grown? I’ve seen videos where people keep them in clear plastic storage containers, but also where they’ve been kept in large glass tanks. I’m thinking about getting a ball python, and these are just a few questions and concerns I have.
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 7, 2018 10:11 AM

2 of them in a 40 gallon is not ok.
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 5, 2018 08:10 AM

for whomever posted about feeding mice for your ball pythons life, the humane answer is no. the amount of mice you would have to feed an adult ball python is not even an option. my 6 month old girl is already eating weaned rats, and she will be moving up to small within the next few months depending on how fast she grows. I’m sorry, but if you can’t feed rats, which is what your snake needs to live a healthy life you probably shouldn’t own a ball python…
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 4, 2018 07:14 PM

Hi
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 28, 2017 07:09 PM

I just got a new baby ball python and I know a lot because I have been doing lots of research but i wanted to know if you have any tips for me??????
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 26, 2017 11:40 PM

hi
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 25, 2017 08:34 PM

I just got my juvinal ball python on Black Friday, I have fed her once, and she seems to be adapting just fine. She is really and has warmed up to me, and now she loves to get out of her tank. Thanks for the advice, I will be sure to take good care of my beautiful girl!
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 12, 2017 05:43 PM

Is it safe to have 2 female ball pythons in one 40 gallon tank
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 27, 2017 06:53 PM

Is it safe to have 2 female ball pythons in one 40 gallon tank
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 27, 2017 05:17 PM

“Ball pythons are one of the easiest snakes to take care of.

Bought the reptilesmagazines ,they are awesome
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 27, 2017 05:15 PM


“Hi
Love my ball python
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 27, 2017 05:12 PM


“Can you feed your ball python mice only? Because I have rats at home and they are like kids to me. So I couldn’t watch python eating rats even if they are frozen. Is that possible? Maybe baby chickens when python grow up or 2 big mice?
Just asking don’t judge because I don’t own snake yet.
Thanks for answers, sorry for my bad english.
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 13, 2017 10:42 AM


“I have a juvenile ball python and I live in sonora, CA which can get pretty cold during the winter months. And I don’t know rather I should get her a heating lamp, a heated blanket to put over her tank or a heating pad to put underneath her tank

Please help
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 5, 2017 12:32 PM


None of you can write properly
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 25, 2017 06:04 AM

I’m snake sitting for a friend of mine he moving and he told me the snake hasn’t eaten in 2 months this happened last Thursday so I fed him Thursday and gave him a second mouse the other day how soon can I pick him up and was 2 rats enough
Posted by Anonymous, Sep 12, 2017 09:54 AM

i have boy and girl python ther well good pets i love them like my kids lol
Posted by Anonymous, Aug 3, 2017 12:51 PM

“I just fed my 32 year old B
all Python a huge rat which she struck at in about 2 minutes. She just had a bit of a bad shed and one of her eyes is covered, so the rat has to go pretty close for her to strike. She will get a soak and scrub in a few days once she has digested. I got her for my husband as a birthday gift in 1985 and she has traveled to many homes with us. I realize we have been really lucky because we have hardly ever had trouble feeding her and she always eats live prey. Enjoy your snakes everyone. What a great pet ball pythons make!
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 24, 2017 02:44 PM


“Dana,
When I first got my little guy, he was very much the same way. He was in a good amount of danger as the pet store I got him from, was severly under feeding him. I ended up force feeding him but that didn’t spark his appetite. I found that tease feeding worked wonders. Gently pester your snake with the prey item until he strikes. Make sure to tap his tail, his head, anything that is exposed to really aggravate him. He’ll strike and with luck, eat it. If he releases it, try it once more before giving up on that feeding. I only had to tease feed my guy twice and now his feeding response is strong.
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 21, 2017 01:02 AM


My 20 year old ball python died this weekend. His cage partner is 18. I have to figure out now if the 18 year old is going to be okay by himself or if I should get him a cage partner.
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 19, 2017 04:29 PM

Would it be possible to cover the enclosure with a blanket or something alike when other pets (cats) are in the room?
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 8, 2017 02:18 PM

“Re :I’ve had my female Ball Python since x-mas of 2016
She’s eaten FT ONCE since I got her and refuses LIVE as well. She still appears to be healthy,hasn’t lost weight or muscle mass . The temp in her tank is correct but I don’t know about the humidity . What I DO know is she’s making me CRAZY! I’m about ready to let her go ,maybe someone else would have better luck with her. Where do I go from here

She sound just fine, when they are about a year old, they will stop eating for a bit, but keep an eye on her wait. If the starts loosing wait, send her to the vet. And yes, you can mist her with cage warm water. And if her eyes are milky, shes going to shed.
-Aluriiya
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 7, 2017 07:23 PM


Its possible your python could be in the process of shedding. Snakes tend to stop eating during shed if they don’t feel secure. if you don’t know the humidity you should really get a device to monitor it.
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 5, 2017 01:24 PM

“I’ve had my female Ball Python since x-mas of 2016
She’s eaten FT ONCE since I got her and refuses LIVE as well. She still appears to be healthy,hasn’t lost weight or muscle mass . The temp in her tank is correct but I don’t know about the humidity . What I DO know is she’s making me CRAZY! I’m about ready to let her go ,maybe someone else would have better luck with her. Where do I go from here
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 2, 2017 12:50 AM


Is it all right to mist the enclosure now and then with room temp water to maintain humidity levels?
Posted by Anonymous, May 31, 2017 03:34 PM

My ball python who was a regular feeder on live mice once didn’t eat for nine months with no adverse health effects maintained muscle mass and weight and suddenly just started feeding again two months should be fine just monitor its weight and when handling notice its muscles and see if they are becoming soft. If you really have any worries find an exotic reptile vet in your area they are rather inexpensive compared to dogs and cats.
Posted by Anonymous, May 26, 2017 09:43 PM

if you want your ball to survive and start eating you should never change its food. if he had her on artic mice keep it that way because shes use to it and we had the same problem with our garder snake and ball python. try switching back
Posted by Anonymous, May 23, 2017 10:11 AM

“My six year old female ball python has not eaten in two months.. when i open her door to feed her, she comes out om my arm to my neck and stays there.. she likes me to scratch her back, more of a massage.. i inherited her from my son who left in august 2016, to Navy… shes been a great eater, never going 2 weeks wo eating mice..

We found a breeder of ball snakes, she is self contained with live rats, and mice.. we been have now purchasing from the breeder our mice… godzilla, our python ate them the first time we purchased them.. the breeder gasses the mice.. this second time we purchased again gassed mice.. whereas before my son had her on store bought frozen ARTIC MICE.. she ate large 4 mice every 8 to 14 days.. i put mice and dangle in front of her, she turns her head away.. if dead mouse touches her, she rubs her face in her substrate until she cleans herself.. my son purchased her from an egg, which he brought her home at five days old from pet store..

I do not want to lose her, this is my son’s baby… just tell me this is normal for her to all of a sudden to turn face away from food.. i even place them in her cage to eat alone… she rolls over them until they are flat, and rubbed bruises on them..

Thank you
Dana
Posted by Anonymous, May 19, 2017 10:57 PM


I want a python also will I ever feel like I made the wrong choice on what type of animal I got I’ve already took notes on them and know what type I want and also what age should I get my snake at
Posted by Anonymous, May 8, 2017 05:18 PM

I am interested in getting a ball python, are there any advice/concerns u could tell me about
Posted by Anonymous, May 5, 2017 07:18 PM

they can go weeks without eating
Posted by Anonymous, May 4, 2017 01:51 PM

we fed our all python 2 weeks ago now he is lying in his water 2 times daily,is this normal ?
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 22, 2017 04:23 PM

How much do ball pythons usually cost(normal and special bred)
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 13, 2017 10:15 AM

So I have a new python she is probably about 3 months old and is 18 inches. She wouldn’t eat for a month but the first time she ate was 3/18/17 she ate 2 small fuzzies after a month of having her. Today was the first time I handled her since then and she weights a lot less then what she was. Should I be concerned? She looks so skinny.
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 20, 2017 08:55 PM

if anyone is considering getting a ball python but cant decide i would highly recommend getting one they are not high maintenance and are very docile snakes I have had my abacus morph for 3 years now and he has grown to an outstanding 4 feet he never bites and is loving live mice overall a great snake i would recommend getting one if your still on the fence
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 10, 2017 09:20 AM

I need info my snake hasn’t eaten for a month every time I try to Feed her she doesn’t esy any ideas why ?
Posted by Anonymous, Feb 22, 2017 11:36 PM

Are Ball Pythons aggressive?
Posted by Anonymous, Feb 20, 2017 11:11 AM

Great article, thank you!
Posted by Anonymous, Feb 12, 2017 03:14 PM

I am wanting a ball python soooo bad. I held one and immidiatly fell in love. Are they high mantinance? Will I regret getting him or get tired of him? Please answer.
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 18, 2016 04:31 PM

So many wrong with this “care sheet”.
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 12, 2016 01:56 AM

Hey guys I have a cage that is 36 inch by 18 inch by 28 insh does it matter if its a little bit high?
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 18, 2016 09:36 AM

I am a little concerned with the 12/12 recommendation. They don’t need a day night cycle. Also, basking spot of 96° that seems absurdly high. They are not basking animals. I would be very concerned with neuro damage with a constant heat that high. Can you please clarify?
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 30, 2016 01:33 PM

I am a little concerned with the 12/12 recommendation. They don’t need a day night cycle. Also, basking spot of 96° that seems absurdly high. They are not basking animals. I would be very concerned with neuro damage with a constant heat that high. Can you please clarify?
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 30, 2016 01:31 PM

I want to get one. I went to the nature center and I got to hold one, I immediately fell in love.
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 27, 2016 09:57 AM

A very very small amount of bleach ad the rest water in a spray bottle will work. Spray it on the glass and cage furniture wipe down the glass and rinse the décor in hot water make sure to dry every thing before putting it back in the enclosure. The substrate wont need to be replaced in a couple months if you spot clean it.
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 21, 2016 03:55 PM

What Cleaning Products do you use when cleaning the cage?
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 16, 2016 06:49 PM

I have head that if you try new food that it might work like if you gave her a different kind of mouse or maybe even a different kind of animal all together. I’m hoping to get my own ball python soon as well I have almost everything I need. I’m planning to make a vivarium instead of the traditional terrarium so I am very exited. If any of you where wondering where to get the items needed for a vivarium or where wondering what it is or how to build one go to Josh’sfrogs.com that’s where I’m getting most of my items from. I know for shore though that as long as you bake any kind if branches or stumps at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes it should be fine just look up what kinds of trees are ok for your ball python I know that there are some types of tree bark that are very bad or even poisonous to ball pythons. So just be very carful in what you chose.
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 12, 2016 09:57 AM

Joeyshox, draw a warm bath and let your snake swim. I have great trust from my Ball, she will let me touch her eye caps, dead skin, if they don’t come off with the rest of her skin.
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 2, 2016 06:51 PM

khalil you can use real tree stumps or sticks however you must soak it in water, (bath tub preferably) put it in an oven for an hour or so and maybe soak it again and also take the bark off
Posted by Anonymous, Sep 29, 2016 07:15 PM

Great article! Wish this kind of information was available when I got my Ball. I’ve had my wild caught male Ball for 28 years. I purchased him as a full grown adult from a private owner who had owned him for about 2 1/2 years. That owner had also purchased it as a full grown adult from another private owner. So he’s well over 30 years old but by how much I am not sure. Luckily, mine was free of mites, ticks, and intestinal parasites, I’m guessing previous owners had already taken care of those possible problems. The first 2 or 3 years of ownership were definitely learning years, there was not as much information available or even known back then. In fact, 30 years ago the life span of Balls was generally thought to be 10-15 yrs. Best known for being notoriously finicky and sporadic feeders, and mine was no different. As a 1st time ball owner, the first thing you need to learn besides proper husbandry and caging is PATIENCE. Don’t freak out if your ball stops eating for two, three, or more months. The first 10 years of my ownership saw quite a few fasting periods (the longest at 6 months) and I fed various types of live rodents(mice, rats, gerbils, and hamsters) to “re-start” the feeding cycle. In fact, I even bought a 2nd snake, a Columbian Red Tail Boa, that I could feed the uneaten rodents to. My ball would never eat frozen, probably because he was a wild caught import. I tried many times in those 1st 10 years to ween him off live and onto frozen to no avail. For the last 15 years or so he has been a very regular eater, rarely skipping a feeding. One small to medium sized live rat every 2 weeks. Good luck and much patience to any new owners of a Ball Python.
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Posted by Anonymous, Aug 13, 2016 06:10 AM


I have 8 ball pythons I use run a petshop years ago now they have new colors I have a few when they are ready to breed in a few years some next year just got adults so some breeders state you can leave them together I don’t know Burmese eat each other ball don’t but can pairs be kept or not I thinking no but maybe I’m wrong get rid of your spam there garbage out dated don’t work all the time I
Posted by Golden one, Jul 27, 2016 09:01 PM

I have 8 diffrent ball pythons and male and female can I keep pairs together or only when they breed I have them all in seperate tanks a breeder says you can keep together I don’t know some pythons eat each other but not balls your anti spam don’t work get rid of that garbage
Posted by Golden one, Jul 27, 2016 08:53 PM

Some of the questions I see on here I need to answers to, but there’s no answers?
Posted by Anonymous, Jul 26, 2016 10:17 AM

I have a 30+ female ball python. I moved at the begining of January and she hasn’t eatin since the move. I know a move can be stressful. It may take her time to settle but she has shed a few times since the move but she isn’t eating. She has gone up to a max of 9 mos before without eating. However, I am getting concerned because she has started to come out of her hide-box, which is usually a sign she is either going to rub around the tank because she is shedding or that she’s hungry. She just comes out and stares at the heat light. It’s sometimes like she is basking in the heat, only it’s unlike her. She typically only comes out and hangs on the top shelf of her cage when she’s hungry but we have tried to feed her and she is not interested. I should note she has fed on live mice her entire life (that wouldn’t of been my choice but that’s how she was fed by her previous owner). We usually put the mice on the shelf, hence why she goes to the shelf when usually hungry. I am worried she doesn’t like the smell of the mice from the new state we live in. Could this be a thing? We also tried feeding her a dried mouse but had no luck. My husband said she doesn’t look too skinny, she shed, there was urine so she is drinking and it hasn’t been 9 mos, so maybe we shouldn’t worry. Should I be worried? Has anyone ever had this problem? If so, any suggestions on how to get her to eat? She has been fickle in the past but I’m worried because of the move and because it’s the summer. She usually is good about eating in the summer. Thanks
Posted by Anonymous, Jul 18, 2016 01:49 AM

I just got my Python wondering if I can put real dead tree stumps for a more realistic look
Posted by khalil, Jun 30, 2016 07:54 PM

Im looking forward to getting a Bally Python thank you for the info
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 27, 2016 11:27 PM

I have a one and a half month female ball Python, she started to shed about three days ago, but still has skin on half her body, what should I do?
Posted by Joeyshox, Jun 26, 2016 10:04 AM

Is it normal for baby ball pythons to remain in a ball for days only move to reposition its self and then go bak into a ball
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 21, 2016 12:24 AM

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Posted by Anonymous, Jun 20, 2016 09:54 PM

thanks this was very helpful I am a first time snake owner and wanted to learn more about a normal ball python. I would definitely give this site straightly 5 stars. this is the best site to take notes and learn and I cant say it enough
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 11, 2016 09:34 PM

“First off, this is a great place to learn about ball pythons. After reading this page and learning about ball/royal pythons, I want one so badly! The problem is, I’m 14 and my parents will not allow one in the house. So I have to wait until I move out. In the mean time, are there any recommendations as to what I should be specifically learning about (because I have never owned a snake before)? I’ve heard that these are one of the easiest types of snakes to take care of, but I think the humidity sounds the most confusing. For a new snake owner, what should I do to maintain the proper humidity? Also, I love the Lesser Spotnose Ball Pythons. For anyone who owns one of those, is there anything specific that I should know/learn about them? Lastly, how often should I get my snake (if/when I get one) checked out? Just for overall health.
Thanks, I hope somebody here can help me answer these questions.
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 8, 2016 05:45 PM


“I just recently got a ball python and this website seems to be the most helpful. I did some extra reaserch the day I got him and this website has some good tips. Also, some of the comments are helpful too! Someone posted about his snake George and he mentioned holding the snake close to your chest. I too recommend that. Also if you are trying to find something that might interstate your snake, just try items from around your house instead of buying expensive decorative aquarium stuff that your snake might not even like. I have found some good results food doing so. My snake pretty much owns my old laptop bag and goes into it all the time.

Thanks again for the great advice (creator of this page and people who post suggestions)
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 5, 2016 10:22 AM


“First off, this is a great place to learn about ball pythons. After reading this page and learning about ball/royal pythons, I want one so badly! The problem is, I’m 14 and my parents will not allow one in the house. So I have to wait until I move out. In the mean time, are there any recommendations as to what I should be specifically learning about (because I have never owned a snake before)? I’ve heard that these are one of the easiest types of snakes to take care of, but I think the humidity sounds the most confusing. For a new snake owner, what should I do to maintain the proper humidity? Also, I love the Lesser Spotnose Ball Pythons. For anyone who owns one of those, is there anything specific that I should know/learn about them? Lastly, how often should I get my snake (if/when I get one) checked out? Just for overall health.
Thanks, I hope somebody here can help me answer these questions.
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 4, 2016 06:21 PM


“First off, this is a great place to learn about ball pythons. After reading this page and learning about ball/royal pythons, I want one so badly! The problem is, I’m 14 and my parents will not allow one in the house. So I have to wait until I move out. In the mean time, are there any recommendations as to what I should be specifically learning about (because I have never owned a snake before)? I’ve heard that these are one of the easiest types of snakes to take care of, but I think the humidity sounds the most confusing. For a new snake owner, what should I do to maintain the proper humidity? Also, I love the Lesser Spotnose Ball Pythons. For anyone who owns one of those, is there anything specific that I should know/learn about them? Lastly, how often should I get my snake (if/when I get one) checked out? Just for overall health.
Thanks, I hope somebody here can help me answer these questions.
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 3, 2016 10:39 AM


“First off, this is a great place to learn about ball pythons. After reading this page and learning about ball/royal pythons, I want one so badly! The problem is, I’m 14 and my parents will not allow one in the house. So I have to wait until I move out. In the mean time, are there any recommendations as to what I should be specifically learning about (because I have never owned a snake before)? I’ve heard that these are one of the easiest types of snakes to take care of, but I think the humidity sounds the most confusing. For a new snake owner, what should I do to maintain the proper humidity? Also, I love the Lesser Spotnose Ball Pythons. For anyone who owns one of those, is there anything specific that I should know/learn about them? Lastly, how often should I get my snake (if/when I get one) checked out? Just for overall health.
Thanks, I hope somebody here can help me answer these questions.
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 1, 2016 08:42 PM


On Christmas Eve I got a 4 month old super pastel ball python who I move to a feed box every time it is his weekly feeding. His enclosure has a mesh top but during the warm months I keep my windows cracked in my room and humidity is appropriate, his sub strength is coco hust which I looked up has no cedar and keep moisture I spray my tank floor with water to keep moist and a large water dish at least 1 inch deep. His temper is unheard of he will coil between my fingers and on occasion move into my shirt. If I am doing anything wrong pls tell me
Posted by Anonymous, May 23, 2016 01:19 PM

Hello! Just stumbled across this site while trying to find some information for new snake parents! I am looking into adopting a beautiful juvenile male lesser ball python. However, I wanted to have his enclosure all nice and set up before I bring him home. Now, I’ve done plenty of research and talked to the breeder for more knowledge, however I would like a nice checklist to compare to my own. So, can anyone here provide me with a Ball Python checklist? A list that contains everything I will need for the enclosure, entertainment and food source. Also, one more quick question. Do ball pythons require a humidity box? Or are humidity boxes relative to the humidity levels in your home? Thanks for any answers in advance!
Posted by Anonymous, May 17, 2016 12:44 AM

“I am new to reptiles, but I just had to put down 2 rats (one had trouble walking, the other had a brain tumor) and my spider died… been debating getting a snake for a while, and a ball python is looking like a great option.
Before I do, though, I had some questions.
Are all snakes “”One Per Terrarium”” ?
Should I get just one? Or should I get 2 and place them near each other?
I live in Colorado, where it’s pretty dry all the time.
For regulating humidity, can you recommend a good lid fpr a terrarium? Or should I just keep a mister/wet paper towels near the heating element?
And finally,
The pre-snake shopping list is as follows
20gal terrarium & lid
Shredded paper substrate
2 Hidey holes
Heating-stick-on
2 Thermometers
Humidity checker
Water dish
Climby things

Am I missing anything?
Posted by Anonymous, May 17, 2016 12:23 AM


roar
Posted by Anonymous, May 11, 2016 12:17 PM

DON’T under ANY circumstances keep an adult ball python in a standard-size aquarium or an open-top enclosure. They can get to around 5-6 feet in length unless their growth’s been stunted and keeping them in a tank that looked perfect while they were small will eventually look similar to a grown man trying to fit in a baby’s cradle. Not to mention the small environment will cause the snake large amounts of stress and discomfort. For the open-tops, they can easily get out of those and, depending on how big they’ve actually gotten, could eat your dog, cat, or even newborn infant child! (Might be confusing with another species, but they do get pretty damn big.) Also, for those worried about feeding, a mouse (preferably one you just killed or that has been frozen and thawed to body temperatures) once every 5-10 days is the go-to, but it honestly depends on the snake. Once a week could be too often for some and not enough for others. If they won’t eat a dead mouse, watch them closely when you give them a live one as even a small living mouse can cause potentially fatal injury to your serpentine friend. Only give your snake live mice when you know they’re hungry and will eat it, and take it out should they decide they aren’t hungry. As for decoration and substrate, have a cut of carpet laid across the bottom of the tank with another of the same size on standby for when that one needs cleaning. Large sticks as well as fake tree branches and leaves (Or a small, living, thornless tree or shrubif you can) make good climbing pieces, Most of the larger hideaways you would put in a rabbit hutch should work for your python if they’re growing well, and a small stone basin of water away from the heating element should be in there somewhere for bathing. Humidity being a common issue, you may want to put a box of damp paper towels in the terrarium under or atop the heating element.
Posted by Anonymous, May 9, 2016 07:49 PM

“PLEASE READ: If your ball python isn’t eating, try this:
Make sure the prey is not too big! Try a smaller sized rat.
Make sure your python is AWARE of the feeding that’s about to begin. Don’t just surprise your snake while he’s sleeping. Your snake should be somewhat active around feeding time.
Pythons want clean drinking water at feeding time, much like you or I would!
Your python might have a pink underbelly or gray eyes during shedding. Sometimes they won’t eat when they’re about to shed.
Make sure the temperature in the snake’s environment is right. IF HES SOAKING ALL DAY, YOU MAY NEED TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF HEAT IN ITS ENVIRONMENT.
Posted by Anonymous, May 1, 2016 12:20 PM


Where are the answers to all these GREAT questions??
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 23, 2016 11:19 AM

Hello. My name is amanda. Recently, i created my own website, dedicated to reptiles. It includes a blog, a Q&A, and a care sheet section. Please stop by at usereptiles.weebly.com. Thanks!
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 12, 2016 10:47 AM

Do u know l can get a blood python book
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 12, 2016 12:49 AM

“I just recently got a ball python and this website seems to be the most helpful. I did some extra reaserch the day I got him and this website has some good tips. Also, some of the comments are helpful too! Someone posted about his snake George and he mentioned holding the snake close to your chest. I too recommend that. Also if you are trying to find something that might interstate your snake, just try items from around your house instead of buying expensive decorative aquarium stuff that your snake might not even like. I have found some good results food doing so. My snake pretty much owns my old laptop bag and goes into it all the time.

Thanks again for the great advice (creator of this page and people who post suggestions)
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 6, 2016 07:27 PM


Thank you I am new to this whole snake handling thing! This helped a lot!
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 6, 2016 09:29 AM

Thank you I am new to this whole snake handling thing! This helped a lot!
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 5, 2016 11:11 AM

I’ve had 2 ball pythons for 2 or 3 years know and they have been the easiest snake to take car of and I’ve owned a lot of snakes
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 17, 2016 11:46 AM

I got a 12 year old ball python last month from a friend of a friend..he says to feed him 2 large mice once a month?! Shouldnt he be eating more frequently?? Also, what humidity is best for him?
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 15, 2016 01:38 PM

I have a ball python,he hasen’t eaten in 4 months going on 5. I’ve had hm for about 2 years. The first time he stopped eating it only took a month and a half. the question is, how long can they really go with no food I’m getting a little worried. I shouldn’t he still okay. I read that they could go to 3 months, true or fasle?
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 4, 2016 07:23 PM

How much does it cost to own a ball python?
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 2, 2016 10:18 PM

How much does it cost to own a ball python?
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 2, 2016 09:38 PM

“I am a first time snake owner, and I researched for months before I got my little man. I just got through George’s first shed… so tough to watch. He aestivated (light hibernation) for three days. I spent the entire time being worried mommy. I did help him with a shallow, lukewarm bath in the sink, and a mineral oil rub after. He instantly became more active and started rubbing around his vivarium to shed more. The weirdest part was when he started diving straight down into his Cypress mulch, rubbing his head like crazy. When he picked his nose up, I saw that he had helped the skin around his nose to start peeling. I honestly thought he was having a seizure! He peeled in the next two days, and started eating again.
About food… I ordered frozen mice online, and they were sent in dry ice. Very good quality, George enjoys them! I feed about once every 7-9 days when he is interested. I always feed in my cooler, outside his vivarium, so he will not mistake my thumb for a mouse.
About vivariums… my 3 month old snake has his hidey hut in the middle with a basking rock on top, two more basking rocks in the corners, one upright climbing stick, one horizontal stick, his pool, and a deck in the corner (which is a suction sup soap dish). Here’s the weird stuff… he has a toilet paper roll. He LOVES it! He climbs through it at least 3 times daily, and sometimes he coils up and sleeps there! I also bought him a small ball intended for kittens that has a bell in it. He climbs on it, and kicks it around. I’ve actually seen him startle himself with the noise the first couple of times. Now he’s used to it, and he kicks it on purpose.
Also, I do recommend handling your snake close to your chest. I’ve had very good results. I talk to him, and he recognizes my voice very well.
Please take all of my advice knowing that I am a new snake handler. I have years of experience training dogs, but of course they are very different. These are techniques that have worked very well for me and my little guy.
Posted by Anonymous, Feb 27, 2016 01:47 AM


Sounds like you might have mites @jan22
Posted by Anonymous, Feb 5, 2016 04:59 PM

you saved my grade!
Posted by Anonymous, Feb 3, 2016 02:27 PM

you saved my grade!
Posted by Anonymous, Feb 3, 2016 02:26 PM

amazing
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 27, 2016 11:12 AM

I have a ball python for the last 3 days he has been staying in his water bowl. What can I do for him? Also he has not ate for 8 weeks now either.
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 22, 2016 09:20 AM

I have a ball python for the last 3 days he has been staying in his water bowl. What can I do for him? Also he has not ate for 8 weeks now either.
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 21, 2016 09:46 PM

thank you for this information. I am currently planning on getting a ball python and this was very useful information.
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 12, 2016 10:19 PM

I just got a pastel yellow belly ball python and she’s absolutely beautiful. Her terrarium is at 80°f overall with a humidity at 58. Her basking spot has a hideaway place so she can feel secure and warm at the same time. Her basking spot I’d say is between 88-97. Everything is doing great I’m just completely in love with Delilah. ♡
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 5, 2016 04:41 PM

“I can’t answer everyone’s questions sadly so if you want to ask someone who is experienced in ball pythons my email is katrinashackelford@hotmail.com
Remember, no question is a stupid one.
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 4, 2016 06:30 PM


actually, Petsmart does not sell live feeder mice, but it does sell frozen feeders. Petco does sell “feeder” mice, they are not advertised on the website often and are not considered “feeder” mice until they are purchased, any employee will know what you are talking about if you ask for “feeder” mice.
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 27, 2015 04:29 PM

is it correct that when a ball pythons eyes start getting cloudy that their about to shed?
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 27, 2015 02:01 PM

how old should a female ball python be to start mating or what season should they mate in?how long does it take foe hatchlings to hatch?what do you do with a newly hatched python?can you put two ball pythons in a cage together all the time?
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 27, 2015 01:58 PM

My Python finished a shed recently, but it looks like he still has scales on and around his eyes. Should I try and help remove these or will they eventually come off?
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 25, 2015 05:21 PM

Hi. First time asking/posting. I have a baby ball python. He eats very well, his enclosure is clean and everything seems to be fine. My concern is he doesn’t poop..not often. He’s only done it a few times but when I look a few days after he’s done eating, I don’t see any remains of any type. Is this a common issue? Is he I’ll or is there something wrong with him? Please. Let me know. Thank you. 😊
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 19, 2015 06:07 PM

Hi. First time asking/posting. I have a baby ball python. He eats very well, his enclosure is clean and everything seems to be fine. My concern is he doesn’t poop..not often. He’s only done it a few times but when I look a few days after he’s done eating, I don’t see any remains of any type. Is this a common issue? Is he I’ll or is there something wrong with him? Please. Let me know. Thank you. 😊
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 19, 2015 06:04 PM

No question is stupid. At least they are responsible enough to ask. Rodents can be bought at pet stores such as pet could or petsmart. If your parent doesn’t want you to have a snake you should wait till you grow up and live on your own. If your snake that is not eating is healthy it should be ok because they do that sometimes especially in colder months. Make sure your tank is warm enough. Cold snakes won’t eat. Baby snakes will be good in 10 gal aquarium. Red tails aren’t as docile but still make good pets. They also get larger than balls so it depends on what you personally want. Hope I’ve helped.
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 19, 2015 10:01 AM

If I’m not supposed to handle my ball python before and after feeding how am I supposed to get him from his terrarium to a feeding container and then back to his terrarium after feeding?
Posted by pythonnamednoodle, Dec 15, 2015 11:16 PM

My snake has not been eating for a long while, should i take him to the vet?
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 15, 2015 01:00 PM

Thank you very much this article was very helpful
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 14, 2015 08:45 PM

try wrighting a paper on how to care for a ball python and try to change there mind and tell them why the make such great pets.
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 12, 2015 08:26 PM

If my parents don’t agree on having a ball python what can I do? (cause I really like ball pythons )
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 12, 2015 06:45 AM

How big should a baby’s habitat be? I have a 30 gal. tank and my ball python seems so stressed out! Someone please help me out by responding quickly.
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 8, 2015 02:37 PM

which is easilier to keep, red tail boa or bumblebee ball?
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 27, 2015 01:26 PM

How do you keep a ball python’s cage/habitat humid?
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 25, 2015 04:19 PM

Thank you. Very informative.
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 21, 2015 09:06 PM

“I have some question about infectious disease
of ball python. Can anyone help me? 🙇🏻
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 21, 2015 03:04 PM


Some parts of this article is incorrect, hot spot should be no moe more than 92 degrees and cool side shouldnt go below 80. If you have any questions about ball pythons you can contact me at katrinashackelford@hotmail.com
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 15, 2015 12:07 PM

Wow that was an amazing article!!! I will leave another comment after a few weeks with my snake (if I get one)☻☻☻☺☺☺
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 12, 2015 05:00 PM

If you use a glass cage with an screen place a bath towel over the top to control humidity I use one large one it covers the front of the cage and black out film to cover the three sides Coconut husk fibers. Best substrate. Holds the humidity and is easy to keep clean
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 7, 2015 08:38 AM

“Feeding them in the same container would be fine, there is really no need, due to snakes not making that much of a mess when eating. Plus, I think they’d much rather eat in their home.
But if you feel that it’d be best to feed them in a separate container then go for it.
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 5, 2015 09:54 AM


Do you think it’s best to feed them in a seperate container, or in their set up?
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 25, 2015 12:25 AM

If you are worried about not knowing whether to feed your baby ball or adult ball python frozen or live, i would suggest that feeding a ball python from young age to about one to two years, i would feed the snake frozen mice from one to two years old. After that i started feeding my ball live mice. The transition was great and it did not bother the snake at all. My snake is now 5 years old. I fed mine frozen for one more year though because i do not live near a pet store to get live mice. After i moved i transitioned to live mice. Also, with the water bowl, always keep a spray bottle on the side just to spritz the snake every so often in the day, i usually spray my snake a few times a day. Also the bottle helps with shedding and makes it easier on the snake. If you need any tips email me at can4422@sd305.org. It is my school email but its what works. Ask me any questions you have about your ball python and i will have them. Or you could look them up online, but i prefer a direct source.
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 21, 2015 11:29 AM

“For everyone who wants to know what temperature the water should be, it should be cool and not hot. But you can choose to use hot water, but please not scorching hot.
Just remember, snakes are not like dogs and cats that can tell you when something is wrong. So be sure to check up on them daily.
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 20, 2015 09:58 AM


What temperature should the water be for them to bathe in and what temperature for the drinking dish?
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 14, 2015 01:26 AM

“Hey there Snake wonderers. To not get bit make sure to always wash your hands before handling your snake. Now if the snake is mad, it might bite, try not to touch it after feeding it. Mine will wait for more food for the rest of the day, so I don’t stick my hand in. I feed mine frozen, but he was brought up on live. its all what your comfortable with. This should answer two questions. Since I can’t reply directly.

Source- Owning a Ball Python
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 12, 2015 07:15 PM


Awesome article! Great pictures of ball pythons too. I was wondering about ordering online. I saw a specific ball python for sale on http://www.snakesatsunset.com and was curious if there are any tips to settling him in once recieving him? They got a nice selection of ball pythons for sale, and I am excited to recieve it tommorow!
Posted by Anonymous, Sep 30, 2015 08:12 AM

“Good point to start:
http://pythonsnake.mozello.com/ball-pythons/terrarium/
Posted by Anonymous, Sep 21, 2015 04:05 AM


Do Ball Pythons do better in pairs and if so should the snakes be the same age?
Posted by Anonymous, Sep 19, 2015 12:31 AM

“humidity is a problem with pythons since they are native to western african jungle
the humidifiers you buy at pet store are crap. they break mostly due to calcium build up
from water…you can or should buy filtered or distilled water , but my idea is just to buy a
humidifier from hardware store that blows hot steam…temp and humididty solved in one blow
however i have a bid cage for my ball……5 feet x 3 x 5 . but i have a clay pot i turned upside down and
he loves hiding in there…his humidity is often over 80 % and temp is easier to monitor….keep high (over 75 degrees….
its a cheap and easy way if you have a big tank
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 10, 2015 10:50 AM


hi my clown ball python is a male about 3.5 years old. i had him for three years not and never had a problem feeding him, out of no where the enviornment is the same and so is the temp. he hasnt eaten in 2.5 months. skin looks good. doesnt feel like he had anyhting in his belly. and is fully active like always. i dont know what to do.
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 9, 2015 05:15 PM

Thank you!
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 1, 2015 08:34 PM

I am thinking about getting a snake and I like the look of ball pythons . watt do you think ps finley gecko the yutober
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 24, 2015 12:37 PM

10-15 minutes after he has eaten(normally takes about 20-25 total)
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 14, 2014 04:22 PM

Im a first timer ball python owner and when I got one I was told to get two a male and a female was that a good ideal they get along fine but when the female goes into her yearly thing is the male safe or should I worry bout her or will they be okay thanks for your time
Posted by deanlarry98, Nov 29, 2014 06:42 PM

I have a blood python and 7 ball pythons I would never put them together like the owner of the ball and blood that’s not safe since blood pythons are more aggressive then balls you might be 1 less snake or even both
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 12, 2014 07:27 PM

Your snake should be fed in a different cage so the snake doesn’t expect food every time you go in to pick him/her up she might think your hand is food and may strike at you.
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 26, 2014 04:58 PM

I know it is best for anyone 13 and older to have a ball python, but I am 12 and I have many pets, but what I really want to know here is what to feed a ball python, my brother really wants one and so do I but we want to make sure we know what we’re doing temperature and food wise. Also does anyone know the average price for a ball python?
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 25, 2014 03:53 PM

I’m another 12 year old. I got a royal python couple weeks back. I also have corn snakes rat snakes and milk snakes (wild cought) an I wanna say pythons r the best
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 22, 2014 08:33 PM

Personally, I would prefer to feed it in a seperate tank. Think about it, if your ball python gets used to being fed in it’s tank, everytime you reach your hand in there it’s going to be expecting a meal. Also I would recommend aspen bedding. I’ve had my ball python for about two years niw and it works great! It really helps keep your humidity level where it needs to be.
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 21, 2014 08:25 PM

Hi, do you think my daugter she 12 should start off with a ball python?
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 20, 2014 01:49 AM

These snakes do not need to be fed in different cages, and they’re a good snake to start off with, I do not recommend kids under the age of 13 to handle these pets. Ball pythons are calm, if a kid is under the age of 13 I reccomend starting with a corn snake.
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 20, 2014 01:45 AM

If you’re ball python is living in a tank with loose substrate, do NOT feed them in the same tank. Get a smaller 10 gallon tank or plastic tub to feed them in. If you feed them inside a tank with loose substrate, they could ingest the substrate and die, due to not being able to digest it. It’s not a risk worth taking.
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 13, 2014 04:30 AM

sorry that was really long 😉
Posted by Anonymous, Sep 29, 2014 04:06 PM

hello, i see a lot of questions in the comment section and i’ve had multiple ball pythons in my life. although i’m only 12 years of age, i know how to properly care for any snake. a popular question is, “should i feed my snake in a different cage?” the answer to that is no, you do not need to feed a ball python in a different cage but if you want to you can. Someone asked if they could get their snake sick because they have a cold and the answer is once again no. I won’t bore you with science stuff but to sum it up, humans are warm blooded and reptiles are cold blooded therefore the illness we get is impossible for any reptile to receive. For the “my ball python looks scared and she strikes her water bowl, what do we do?” question, let it adapt to it’s environment for a good while. its best to get ball pythons at a young age because then they can get used to there environment and handlers. in the question, they said that there python was 1 year old. i say, leave it alone for a while but still feed it weekly and change its water bowl everyday while its sleeping in the day time. try your hardest not to bother it especially when its sleeping. after a while, slowly reach out to it and see its reactions to you. dont make any fast motions because that will only alarm the snake. ball pythons are one of the best breeds of snakes in my opinion. i really hope my tips helped for those of you who asked questions! enjoy your new pet!! like i said before, im only 12 and not a snake expert, but all of this comes out of first-hand experience! thanks! byeee
Posted by Anonymous, Sep 29, 2014 04:05 PM

My household just got a baby ball python. My daughter has a cold right now and we are wondering if the snake could get sick if she holds him.
Posted by Anonymous, Aug 28, 2014 01:56 PM

hi I just required my first ball python and I’m having a hard time maintaining my humidity level
Posted by Earnest, Aug 25, 2014 05:38 AM