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Sandra - 2014-06-20
My 13 month old ball python's belly has begun to look concave with the sides curling in towards the center of the underbelly. Also she is stargazing and her last shed was difficult. We also noticed that her last bowel movement was extremely smelly. What does all this indicate about her health, and what should we do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    It sounds like he may be emaciated. It could be from underfeeding or he may have a parasite (worms). I recommend you take him to be checked out by a vet.
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Sandra - 2014-06-20
Our 13 month old ball python, Sue Ellen, has been very healthy. However, this month she had a hard time shedding (mostly from the head area) and I realize that she needs more humidity. Now I notice that her underbelly is getting concave at times, and edges curl in towards the center. She always eats well and seems otherwise healthy. What does this mean? Is it an indication of something that is wrong? She also had a bowel movement this week that smelled very rank, which has never happened before. She also seems to stare into space a lot more than she used to, instead of going into her hide where it is warm or crawling around. I took some photos and a short video, so perhaps you know if there is someone I could send it to who can tell if this is something wrong.

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Jacqueline - 2014-04-20
I recently took in a friends ball python they could no longer take care of, she said he hadn't eaten in 3 months so the day I got him I went to a reptile store. They gave me a feeder mouse but a few days passed and he refused to eat, it's been almost a month he has not shed or eaten. He hardly comes out of his rock so I checked on him, pulled him out and noticed his eyes are cloudy, what is this, what can I do?

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  • Callum - 2014-06-20
    Cloudy eyes normally indicate that the snake is coming into shed. Caution should be taken when handling snakes in shed because it's vision is minimal and this can cause stress and anxiety. In some cases cloudy eyes can be a sign of ill or abnormal health.
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Boots - 2014-06-07
My RTB was very quickly moving towards our sleeper sofa's 'innerds'. Knowing he'd probably disappear in there close to forever - like an idiot I engaged in a tug of war w this 5-1/2' young adult 'strength-o-meter'. I, of course, lost. After finally getting him out by other methods, he seemed more still than usual, so I was concerned...is it possible to pull on a snake too hard and injure it? Please advise. Thanks.

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vanity - 2014-03-16
I just purchased a female albino corn snake last night. I popped her today to confirm it was in fact a female. I was scared to hurt her and I still am scared that she's gonna die because I popped her. She hides a lot. I've tried avoiding handling. How long should I wait before handling her? Should I just wait till after her first feeding?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    It's generally suggested that you wait at least a week before handling a new corn snake, to give it time to acclimate to its new home.
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mia exotic - 2014-03-16
Hi... I own a snake myself... but it's not a Ball Python. Mine is a Retic Python... Been keeping him since he was a baby (1 1/2 months old ) & now he is 11 months... and 6 feet long :)

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Sandra - 2014-03-06
My ball python, Sue Ellen, is about 8 or 9 months old. She eats well, is active and appears very healthy. But a couple of weeks ago we noticed her left eye looked cloudy. We thought she may have scratched it in her habitat because she often stands on her tail trying to get out, then eventually falls back into her log and other rough items that could have scratched her eye. Now it even appears to be swelling and is much bigger than her good eye. Does this indicate an infection, or does it indicate that there is an eye cap stuck there that did not shed properly? I am very concerned about this and wonder what I should do.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-09
    It sounds to me like she may have scratched her eye, and it is infected.
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ngosfoundation - 2009-05-04
I am a full time breeder of baby ball pythons in this part of india.I breed morphs of the following categories; pastels, pastel jungles,caramels, albinos, piebalds, normals and other rare species like the platinum.My prices are moderate.If interested contact me for more information,all snakes are vet check with health papers up to date,snakes are captive breed and are defrost feeder and also have geckos in stock which range from eggs to adult, you mail me at (ngosfoundation at yahoo dot com)
thanks, contact for price list

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  • Areeb - 2010-08-14
    I would like to purchase ball pythons from you. I live in bangalore. Could you please let me know how much they would cost and how you could ship them to me. Thanks.
  • Michael - 2014-01-26
    I'd like to buy a ball python next year, something of a rare morph, how much? Message me through my email
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Robbin - 2013-12-27
I have a ball python that is under a year old. When she came to us she was eating live, I have been trying to get her to eat frozen and it's been very difficult. I've managed to get her to eat one in the last 4 months. She is a small snake but the other day I noticed she looks bloated, her head and the neck just behind her head is normal but then she goes large and I can't believe she is growing due to the fact she hasn't eaten anything.I was going to just go back to feeding her live I feel so bad she hasn't eaten. How long can one go without eating before they actually starve? And does anyone have any idea what could cause what looks to be bloating in her? Robbin Winn Powers is my Facebook if any one could offer any advice and could pm me on Facebook I'd be very thankful.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    These snakes can go for about 6 months without eating, so that's not a big worry, but the bloating is a concern. She could be constipated, which can be very serious if not taken care of. Soaking her in warm water may help, but if she doesn't look better soon a trip to a veterinarian will be needed.
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Alexis King - 2013-11-17
I have a baby ball python his name is tilly. Last night my boyfriend was holding him, watching tv, and fell asleep. I was sitting on the chair and all of a sudden didnt see him. I leaned to see if he was over me and he wasnt. I guess he was under the chair. And the chair pinched about a little bit above his butt. We were in the vet for 3 hours last night, they said they would have to do xrays but it doesnt freel broke. I can afford the xrays so they gave us medicine to give him, has this happened to anyone else? Will he be okay? :(

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    I hope your little guy will be okay, be sure to let us know how he does.
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