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Abby 06-04-2012 06:44 AM

Ball Pythons?
As of lately I've been interested in snakes.
I do not know much about them, but my birthday is coming up, and on the off chance my mom agrees to this, I might ask for one. I was looking into ball pythons. They look so cool! :lol: Can anyone give me any general information about them? I would also like to know a list of items you would be required to buy with a ball python? Thanks in advance. :D

lisaowens 06-04-2012 07:57 AM

we had several snakes we had a heat lap for them and depending on how big it is will depend on how big the tank needs to be. if it is small you need pikies newborn mice to feed it then as it gets bigger so does the food never feed it anything bigger than it. we always but ours in the sink now and then for a warm bath they liked it.

Jenny 06-04-2012 08:46 AM

Ball pythons are pretty easy to care for - they need, when full grown, a 20g long tank with a heat lamp, a hide they can curl up and get out of the heat, and a nice substrate, usually aspen bedding. From there it'll need to eat once a week, either live mice, fresh killed mice, or frozen thawed. Frozen thawed is the best way to go, IMO, if you can get your snake to eat them. So you need to make sure you're able to get what it needs to eat and make sure your parents know what's going on and are OK with having them in the house - when the snake is full grown, it will be eating medium sized rats once a week. So make sure your parents are OK with frozen, dead mice and rats in the freezer so they don't freak out on you :giggle:

Abby 06-04-2012 09:07 AM

Hahaha, I could totally see it! My mom opening the freezer one day to see dead mice! She'd probably have a heart attack. Like I said, it's quite unlikely that I will get a snake, but I guess it's worth a try. And if I don't get one now, I will definitely be getting one later in life.

Jenny 06-04-2012 09:53 AM

Yeah, that's why I put it out there :giggle: Gareth wasn't thrilled when he found out I have to keep my snake's pinkies in the freezer but he's gotten over it; he'd probably object quite a bit more if they were full sized rats!

They're super low maintenance, easy to care for, and fun pets. Feed em once a week, the poop once a week, so spot clean every few days, really clean every few weeks... can't go wrong for a low maintenance pet!

KTyne 06-04-2012 12:24 PM

I don't use a heat lamp for my Ball because it's really unncessary. I have a heat pad that goes under the tank stuck to the bottom though. If ambient temps (air temps) are too low though then a heat lamp would be needed. :)
I also am using Coco Husk fibre as a substrate because it holds moisture much better and BPs need at least 50-60% humidity.
You should have 2 hides, one for the warm end of the tank and one for the cool end. (BPs can be very insecure and if they don't have a hide on each end of the tank they'll sometimes choose to hide than to regulate their temperature) Also a water dish, then decorations! Oh, and a thermometer and hygrometer are a must. (those dial types suck, get digital!)

catalinadee 06-04-2012 01:14 PM

^ what everybody else said.

Honestly, if you want a snake chubbier than a corn but with the same well mannered personality then go for a ball python. The best thing about them is their size.

hipeopleoftheworld 06-04-2012 03:03 PM


Originally Posted by Abby (Post 66352)
Hahaha, I could totally see it! My mom opening the freezer one day to see dead mice! She'd probably have a heart attack.

When I babysat a cornsnake I put the food in the freezer, until an unfortunate family member opened it and practically fainted!:lol: But I agree completely with Jenny, couldn't've said it better!

Big_bird 06-04-2012 03:19 PM

Yeah I'd take a ball over a corn just because balls dont quite as much room than a big corn does, and also, well corns are great, I have seen really pissy little ones, but thats individuals right, and same with a few balls. The trick is not to handle them when hungry, after a feed, or in a shed.

But balls are great snakes, and so are corns! Theres a breeder here that has some GORGEOUS morphs of balls that make me drool...

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