Ball python questions?
Topic: Research paper about snakes
May 24, 2019 / By Flick Question:
i'm looking into buying a ball python, and i just have a couple questions, this will be my 2nd snake btw ( i have a snow corn snake atm)
what size of tank should i buy? i'm looking into a juvenile so would a 20 gallon last a long time? should the tank be more long than high?
also what heat temperatures do these snakes require? will i need a thermostat? i find it easy that my corn snake just has a heat mat and thats all i need, would that work for a ball python?
if anyone has any other input they'd like to tell me about these snakes it'd be appreciated :)
Best Answers: Ball python questions?
Daffodil | 6 days ago
Hi, I haven't actually owned a ball python yet, but I want to, plus I had 2 as class pets for a while so I know SOME things.
I think a 20 gallon would last a while, but you would probably need to get a bigger one after a while. Ball pythons usually are fine just on the ground, so it is better for the tank to be long, but at the same time they will often climb up the side and try to escape, so having a short tank can be dangerous if you don't always make sure you shut the cage properly.
They should be kept around 82-90 Fahrenheit.
A ball python does not need much, I've seen often that people only give them a heat mat, so yes that should be fine.
Also, juveniles eat about once a week, adults every 2 weeks or so, and when you feed them, it's wise to leave them alone for a day or two, and even keep them out of sight. They get very aggressive while they eat and it's gross to watch. Any owners I've seen actually put the snakes in a paper bag with a dead mouse or something similar when they need to eat.
I hope this was helpful, but you should still research it more, some of my information may be slightly incorrect because it was mostly from my memory.
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Originally Answered: Genral questions from a new Ball Python owner?
1 Try frozen thawed rats and mice just thrown in its cage first. If it ignores them for a few feedings (bear in mind it will not eat while opaque), trying teasing. If that fails, try a freshly killed (still warm) and teasing. If you still have no results, then and only then use live, but watch very, very closely.
#2 Heat should be provided by an undertank heater, with a hot side of no more than 90 degrees, and no less than 80. Cool side shouldn't drop below 70.
#3 Keep humidity at 60-80, a fogger can be bought pretty cheap if you have trouble keeping it up.
#4 Anal spurs, if it's male, they're bigger, if it's female, they're smaller. If you can't tell because you don't have another to compare with, take it to a professional to be probed. Do *not* attempt probing yourself before you have been properly taught.
#5 Attend reptile/herpetological society meetings, go to expos, read online, ect. If you want to know about balls specifically, I really suggest Dave and Tracy Barker's ball python book, it's a great book.
Here's a really great site that I used when I got my piebald python - it includes everything, tank size, substrate, tank temp. etc.
With my snake, I got him as a juvenile as well but wanted him to have lots of room and be able to keep the same tank for awhile and not have to get him a larger one as he grew (although I will soon because he's getting big!)
I got a 50 gallon for him as a juvenile and he's a little over 2 feet right now so I'll probably get him a bit bigger one in a year or so just because I'd like him to have lots of room.
For the temps, its nice to have one side of the tank cooler, one side of the tank warmer, and a spot right in the middle that's a bit humid which makes shedding easier. I have a small shoe box in my guys tank and when its shedding time, I'll put a moss ball that creates a bit of humidity that helps him with shedding. Then on the hot side I have a heat lamp that's on during the day and a heat mat under the tank that i turn on for him at night because I turn the lamp off at night. Then obviously, the cooler side is where his water is...
Good luck with your new snake!! :)
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I've handiest had my ball python for three months and thus far he's an mighty pet. An extraordinarily docile easygoing animal( besides for when he eats of coarse)... I am no longer definite on the rate of an albino or pastel and it really depends upon the age of the snake and breeder. If i were you i'd try to discover a reptile breeding exhibit in your discipline to get the snake from. The costs are perpetually more cost effective they usually be aware of a first-class deal concerning the snakes.
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For the tank, a 20 long should give the snake plenty of room for most of its baby, to juvenile, and into its adult life. then when its an adult you might want to put it into a 30 gallon. and for heating you'll need a fixture for normal light. an 80 watt Sun-Glo bulb should be fine. then an infrared heat lamp to keep his cage warm at night. for a basking spot i would recommend an 85-90 degree hot spot, and then down to like 75 at night. spray his cage, but don't overdo it. and you're ball python should lead a happy life!
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A 20 gallon tank is fine for even an adult, no smaller than that. Long is better than high, they aren't really climbers. They need warmer temps than your corn snake.
Here's a short guide that should help a little:
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Originally Answered: Getting a ball python! Where & how?
Conner M, your a dumbass.
Check out kingsnake.com for a listing of reptile shows/expos coming in your area. Look for a well known breeder. Don't be afraid to ask questions, especially what it's eating ( fuzzies, hoppers, live, f/t or p/k ) the last time he ate and how often, last shed and what temps he's been kept at. You can find normal ball python hatchlings at shows for around $20. Make sure they have had atleast 5 good meals in them if you decide to go with a baby.
If you are getting a baby, a 10 gallon tank will suffice, but it will only last you about the first year, give or take. I would say get a 20 gallon long, which will probably run you $30. UTH ( under tank heater ) will be about $15-$20. For all my baby snakes I use paper towels as a substrate. All my other larger snakes are on newspaper. And just so you know, you don't need to buy those expensive reptile bulbs. Regular bulbs that you use in your lamps are just fine. I use them with all my 40+ snakes. And I buy the black light bulbs at the Dollar Tree. :)
Other than that, all you need is a water dish ( I use small round tupperware containers for my little guys ) and a hide. Again, I use shoe boxes or ( lmao ) in my rainbow boas I have a diaper wipe container. :P
Oh and I would get a sterlite shoebox tub or rubbermaid tub to feed him in. Again.....dollar store. It's best to feed your snake outside of his enclosure so that way he doesn't think it's food everytime you put your hand in there. Good luck and if you have anymore questions or thoughts, please feel free to email me. [email protected]