• About: Ball Pythons are a nonvenomous python species found in Africa. They are the smallest of the African pythons and are very popular in the pet trade, mainly due to their typically docile temperament. The name "ball python" refers to the animal's tendency to curl into a ball when stressed or frightened. They grow to be about 4-6 feet in length and the females tend to be slightly bigger than the males. Ball Pythons also come in a wide variety of beautiful color mutations as you will see here!

 

  • Habitat: Ball Pythons prefer warm temperatures between 89-92 degrees in their enclosures. They also like to have a place where they can hide and feel safe, so you should put a reptile hide in their enclosure. You can use newspaper or reptile bedding in their enclosures and they should be cleaned regularly. When they are in shed, recognizable by dull coloring of their skin and blue eyes, make sure there is plenty of moisture in their enclosure so they can successfully get rid of their old skin.

 

  • Well Being: Ball Pythons like a diet of domestic rats and mice, either live, killed, or frozen-thawed. The size of the prey item given to a python should be equivalent to or slightly larger than the width of the largest part of its body.They typically should be fed once-twice a week for a healthy diet and to increase the weight and length of the snake. Keep in mind that sometimes your snake will not eat when they are in shed; this is perfectly normal. Make sure to always have fresh water for them at all times in their enclosures!

 

Ball Pythons

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