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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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?

Shelby Pumasaurus Gross - 2012-07-06
I just bought a Ball Python today. She moved around quite a lot while in the bowl. Then after we got home I put the bowl in the tank under the lamp so she could calm down, and when she did I placed her in the actual tank and took away the bowl. It's been 45 mins and she is still in the same position with her head curled under her. She IS breathing, so she isn't dead. Is this normal? (I know they take a while to adjust, but shouldn't she be exploring?)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-06
    It takes a couple days to just adjust.  You lived in one place and were used to the sounds and smells.  Then you got placed in a bowl and went for a car ride.  Then you got moved again and you are just wiped out.  She is just resting and trying to figure out where she is before she starts doing any exploration.
  • Shelby Pumasaurus Gross - 2012-07-10
    Thank you. She is doing fine now. It's been four days and she LOVES to get out and explore. I've been holding her a few times a day for short periods and she seems to have relaxed. I was getting frustrated though, because I was told to feed her Monday morning and she wouldn't eat. She wasn't even interested, but I stayed strong and remained calm. I finally got her to eat that evening. She had no problems whatsoever. :)
Anonymous - 2012-07-02
I have a ball python he is about 2ft long and I am having issues keeping his tank warm. I have a hot rock and a heat light. The last time he ate was fathers day and I have tried feeding him and he will not eat. Please help I'm about to try puting a heat pad in the tank.

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  • hankypanky56 - 2012-07-02
    Never use a heat rock! They will burn your animal, definitely don't want that to happen. Heat lights are fine I guess, I prefer to use UTHs (heat pad) but don't put that IN the tank stick it under. That should be fine. As for feeding just try different options, it is normal for them to fast but as long as you take care of him well you will be okay.
Elissa Lewis - 2009-11-21
Hey there I have a wonderful baby ball python 11 mos old named martha. It's absolutley astonishing, I got her almost one year ago, to see the enormous growth patterns. As far as the refusing to eat.... yea right! I've moved three times since I've had her and she loves her food! She'll eat whenever the chance presents itself, LOL! They say don't handle your python before you feed them, mine doesn't care! LOL!
And she loves people absolutely amazing! I hope to have her around for a very long time!

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  • Jacob - 2010-04-18
    Your aren't supposed to pick them up because it causes problems in their digestive track.
  • julianna dominguez - 2010-07-16
    Mine is the same way.. he eats 2 mice -twice a week and would eat more if I gave them to him(he LOVES to eat : ) .. he's such a pig, and being a young snake, it is amazing watching them grow so fast .. in 2 months he has shed twice already and has tripled in size since I got him, I showed the store where I got him and they couldn't believe how big he was.. I said it's because he eats so well! (they feed frozen and say 1/2 the snakes wont eat them) I always have fed live to him and another female ball python I had for years previously... they have never had a problem with the mice as they barely touch the ground before he has grabbed them LOL... and he's so sweet he really loves being held and will refuse being put away sometimes LOL, even when shedding, I checked on him before I bought food and noticed his eyes were milky and was in shedding process and he never showed any aggression and let me hold him to move him. He's the best.. if cared for properly, they are the coolest, most fun and truly sweet animal to add to my family.
  • jerrica cole - 2010-09-15
    My 9 yr old ball python Quagmire is friendly like yours. He doesn't care if we hold him before he eats and he ate the same day we moved. He loves people too, my 11 yr old son wears him around the house like a belt, lol.
  • Phil - 2010-10-23
    I'm sorry but the handling of the royal python should not be done "after" the feeding. They need to be left alone for a period of not less than 24 hours. Handling the snake after feeding would be like if you ate chili with a glass of chocolate milk then went on roller coaster.
  • Michele Elise - 2012-05-24
    Phil and Jacob are correct. No snake should be handled after feeding, particular species is not important! Please go to the google bar and type in Snakes regurgitation. You will find tons of articles on the subject.
gator - 2010-06-17
I got a baby royal ball python 2 weeks ago at a reptile expo. It eats fine and seems healthy. But it is the most aggressive 1 I have ever seen. I've had ball pythons before my biggest was bout 3 1/2ft long. I never had a problem or seen 1 even shake its tail. This baby is so aggressive I don't want it around my gf's kids unless it calms down. Is this really normal for a baby ball to even shake its tail?

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  • weldon rhoades - 2011-08-17
    There are a few reasons your itty pet has a huge attitude.The first reason they bite is they feel threatened. This could be due to him not being acustumed to handling. Second could be that your not feeding him enough. Babies need fed 2 and maybe 3 times a week. Third could be that he's hurt. Maybe has been bruised by misshandling or even abuse before you got him. 4th reason is, he isnt a pure Ball and may have been mix bred with a more aggressive breed for instance a reticulated.
  • Michele Elise - 2012-05-24
    No it isn't normal for a ball to shake his tail. For any baby snake, I don't care what breed it is. It is eat or be eaten when they are itty bitty babies. Of course by now you have gotten rid of the snake or gotten over your problem. I think its unlikely that your ball is a cross as it would have been quite a lot more expensive and I think you would have noticed that. The next time you have a baby you may consider actually allowing yourself to be bitten. A baby is going to literally give you only a pin prick of blood if that and it may help you to dismiss your fear easily.
nancy - 2011-03-31
I HAVE 2 QUESTIONS :: what are the 2 spike looking things about 2 inch. from my ball pythons tail? Also, please help also by telling me how I would go about finding out my snakes sex w/out going to the vet...thanx!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-03-31
    The spikes on the Ball Python (Python regius) are called spurs and most pythons and boas have them. They are located towards the base of the tail and both males and females have them. Males often use them in their mating/courtship rituals.

    Sexing snakes can be difficult or harmful if you are not experienced with how to do it. There is a probing method where a probe is inserted into the cloaca opening (near the base of the tail) towards the tip of the tail and how far the probe goes in will tell you if it is a female or male. The probe usually goes in further for males. There are a couple other methods as well, however I would recommend taking your snake to a vet if you are not experienced with sexing snakes.
  • Nikki Well - 2011-04-05
    The two spikes on both sides of the vent are called anal spurs. And you can take your snake to a local pet shop with reptile experience and they will sex your snake for you.
  • Natasha - 2011-06-30
    So I have some great news... I can answer both of your questions in a few words.
    Those spikes.. are it's a penis.
    And you have a baby boy. :D
  • derek - 2011-09-20
    They are its anal spers and you have a male like I do
  • Michele Elise - 2012-05-24
    Go with the first answer from doesn't mean you have a boy! Though often the spurs are larger on a male. The spurs are definitely not the penis. They are used by the male and female to facilitate them staying together during the mating procedure.