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Ball Python, Royal Python

(Python Regius)

The general appearance of the Ball Python is tan, brown, red-brown, yellow and yellow-orange.  Ball Pythons also come in morphs such as pastel  There common range is Western parts of Africa either in the forest or the grasslands.  Hatchling Ball Pythons are generally around 10 to 15" in length while adults can be anywhere from 3 to 6 foot.  Pythons are nocturnal creatures, which means more active at night.

 

Enclosure

A Baby Ball can be successfully kept in a 10 gallon tank but will quickly outgrow this enclosure.  A full grown Ball requires a space of around 40 X 12.  REMEMBER to have a nice tight lid or a well latched door as Ball Pythons are excellent escape artist.

Heating/Temperature and Humidity

The daytime ambient temperature should be kept between 80 to 85 degrees with a basking area of around 90 to 95 degrees.  The basking area should be at one end of the enclosure to allow for a thermal gradient.  The evening temperatures should fall to somewhere between 75 and 80 degrees.  An equal amount of daytime and night time should be achieved 12 and 12.  Heat sources should be places well out of reach from the snake so they cannot come in direct contact with the bulb.  Heat Rocks are not suggested.  Use of a Under Tank Heater to maintain the proper heat in the enclosure can be used, UTH's should be checked regularly for proper working order.  All heating sources should be hooked to rheostats for regulation purposes.

Humidity levels should be maintained between 50 and 55% during normal times and up to 70% during a shed.   To see some key information on succeeding at a proper shed please see our Snake Illness Page. On this page it will give you some tips and tricks on how to maintain a proper humidity level in your enclosure.

Substrate

Good substrates are newspaper, indoor/outdoor carpet, Aspen.  Many other can be used but STAY AWAY FROM ANYTHING CEDAR.  Cedar has a tendancy to cause respiratory infections.  Remember you bedding should be absorbent.  Don't use anything to small that when feeding it can be ingested with the prey. 

Feeding and Watering

A water bowl should be provided.  One that is large enough for the snake to get into to soak before shedding.  Water should be changed out every couple of days. 

Ball Pythons eat small mammals such as mice, fuzzy and weanling rats or day old chicks.  Remember  to only feed something that is slightly larger then the largest part of there body.  This type of snake tends to be a finicky eater and will sometimes will go without eating for several months. 

With any snake it is best to remove the snake from it's normal enclosure during the feeding process so your snake won't get the idea that everything coming into its enclosure is food (i.e....your hand).  By also doing this you are not running the risk of your snake ingesting substrate.

Common Illness

T o find out more about some common illnesses in snake please refer to our Snake Illness page.  On here you will find a general description and a quick fix until you can seek professional help.   

 

 

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