Ball Python Care
Ball Pythons are some of the most popular pet snakes in the industry. They have some of the best personalities being very laid back, they do not get very large, and are very easy to maintain. They come in a wide variety of colors, plenty of different looks, one for everyone.
Housing: Ball Pythons are inactive snakes requiring very little space. A 10 gallon aquarium is good for a hatchling, and a 30 gallon is the largest one would need for a fully grown adult. They can be a relatively secretive snake, so it is a good idea to have 2 identical hides in the cage, one over heat, and one not. Some climbing branches can be put in the cage, but in general, they do not climb. Keep a water bowl with fresh water in the cage at all times. Use aspen shavings as a substrate, it is easy to clean, and does not mold like some substrates do when they get wet.
**Different rocks and caves can be put into the cage to offer a wide variety for the snake.
*Make sure to securely lock the lid of the cage because as the snake grows, they may be able to push the top off and escape.
Lighting and Heating: Ball Pythons require no light at all, but belly heat is necessary. They spend most of their lives naturally in caves or underground where they never see overhead light or heat. They thrive off of belly heat, so an under tank heater is a must. Use Zoomeds Reptitherm under tank heater for best results. Cage temperatures should average 92 degrees at a warm spot, and no lower than 80 in the rest of the cage.
Feeding: Ball Pythons should be kept on a 7 day feeding schedule for at least the first year. After the first year, they should be offered food ever 14 days. Always feed prey items roughly the same girth as the thickest part of the snakes body, or just a little larger. Always try to convert the Python to eat frozen thawed prey because it is much safer to feed the snake.
Health Issues: The most common issues with Ball Pythons are respiratory infections. Respiratory infections are sparked by cool temperatures in a cage. Temperatures 75 degrees and under may cause the snake to become ill which quickly leads to the respiratory infection. Keep the tank warm, and this will never happen.
- 10 gallon Critter Cage
- Zoomed Reptitherm Under Tank Heater
- 2 Identical hide logs or caves
- water bowl
- aspen shavings bedding