Animal Stories - Ball Python

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The handsome, sweet tempered Ball Python is one of the most favored and adored pet snakes!
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jesse cagle - 2012-10-07
What does it mean when your Ball Python has a white haze on his body ???

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-08
    Sounds like you are doing all the right things.  It is best not to handle the snake right after shedding.  It is much like someone touching you after a sunburn.  Give the snake a few days before handling.
  • Anonymous - 2012-10-08
    Thanks for all the help. If I need to know anything else I will be back thanks for ur time agin
  • jesse cagle - 2012-10-08
    Thanks. So when he is sheding I should not mess with him? Should I just wait tell he is done or what and how long does it take for him to shed?
  • jesse cagle - 2012-10-08
    So how often will my snake shed or does that depend on how often I feed him and all so how often do you think I need to feed him? I have been feeding him ever 4 to 5 days is that to much or just enough? This is the first time I owned a snake am doing good so far just want to know from some one that really knows about snakes
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-07
    Normally means he is ready to shed.
john - 2012-10-14
Hi, me and my step brother bought some snakes at a reptile show yesterday. My snake (splendida phase desert kingsnake) is in great health,but it's my step brothers snake(hypo pinstripe ball python) that I am worried about. When we set it down to get a better look at it, it reared up like like a cobra and stayed like that for 30 seconds. Is something wrong with it or is it being a normal baby snake?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-14
    As its a new baby ball python, it is probably nervous. See the info on handling above.
jaython - 2012-10-05
So I've had my first pet snake and im really worried that I may be overthinking the proper care of my ball python. I am now starting to notice the skin of the baby ball python is folding and looking as if the skin was pinched...HELP im not sure what to do, but eyes are black so not sure if the skin is wrinkled becuase of a near future shed even if the eye color is still normal (black)

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-06
    Congrats on your first snake.  It could be a couple things.  With the eyes it sounds like it is because of a shed.  Could also be a bit of dehydration which can be combated with soaks or a mister in the tank.
Wild J. Mywildersyde - 2012-09-21
At Gene RE: is it gonna harm your snake to swallow mice backwards. My snake has done that I don't think so, because no harm has come to my snake while feeding him, but the best advice is to get a snake vet to answer

jessica - 2012-09-06
Do you know what it means when the scales and skin on a royal python come off? A royal python where I work started looking ill, not eating and its skin started to look too big for its body. It has not grown since we have had it. The other day we noticed that when you lifted it from the top of its body some kind of liquid which looked like blood but more paler was filling the base of its tail. We left it a couple of days to see if it would go down but it then started leaking out and today another member of staff was trying to get the discharge off its body and the scales at the bottom of its tail slid off. Now the bottom of the body is white and the rest has its scales. What should we do and what could this be?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-06
    It is molting the outer layer so it can get bigger.
mrs f knight - 2012-08-19
I have a royal african python he is 38 years old. I am going on holiday and iI am thinking of putting him in boarding at a reptile pet shop do you think that this might upset him as they do use there own veriums.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-08-20
    As long as it is a quality reptile store.  The snake should be fine.  Check the other snakes in the shop for mites and visable diseases.
  • mrs f knight - 2012-08-20
    Thank you Jeremy Roche for your quick reply the pet store has a very good reputation but I will make sure the snakes they have are free from ticks and such, my royal will be housed on its own. I was concered that he would miss his own environment taking into account how old he is.  Once again thank you I will let you know how we get on which won't be untill the middle of September.
lita - 2012-08-18
Hello my friends snake was acting funny. It had his head upside down with mouth open wide. Can u tell me why it has done it twice now  Thank you

Eduardo Martinez - 2012-07-26
How long after it finishes shedding can the snake be fed without worrying a live rodent will hurt it's new skin?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-26
    Usually 3 or 4 days is fine.
Shelby Pumasaurus Gross - 2012-07-10
I just noticed something odd about my ball python. There is a little bit of a milky blue tint around her nose and the sides of her head. Is this bad? Is she sick or is it jsut because she is young? I know their eyes turn milky blue before they shed, but her eyes look pretty clear to me.

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  • Shelby Pumasaurus Gross - 2012-07-10
    The color is between blue and gray. It almost looks like loose skin on top of dark skin....
Shelby Pumasaurus Gross - 2012-07-10
I have another question. Most everyone tells me ball pythons grow to be between 3-5 Ft, but I have heard rumors saying they can get up to 10 Ft. Is this true for some ball pythons depending on how they have been fed?