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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dot - 2012-04-30
i have a three year old ball python. I fear he has mouth rot. Can anyone help me with a cure to this. He is one of our kids and we don't want to lose him. please help us.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-01
    Mouth rot is normally secondary to another condition. A vet visit is really best. Antibiotics will most likely need to be injected. Mouth rinse will help ease it as well. I would leave most of it up to a vet.
Anonymous - 2012-03-07
Those spikes two or so inches from the tail are not a penis they are just spurs. They are remnants of what used to be legs a long time ago. In fact some only have one and some have none but it doesn't mean its a boy or girl. The vet is best to find that out. I've heard tho that some female bp have much larger bulkier heads than males but I dont know how true that is. The problem is the best way and surest way to tell but doing this yourself could be harmful to your snakey so take him or her in.

Mary-Jo - 2010-07-24
I have a 1 year old BP Bailey is her name she was given to me and I love her she is a great addition to our family, she is very friendly as every time we are in the room she tries to climb up the cage to see what we are doing and so on, My question is why does she poop so much? She eats 1 live mouse every 7 days I have had her for 3 weeks and she has already pooped several times I was wondering if this was normal, sometimes the poo is white and other times it is brown and I am not sure if this is what she is supposed to be doing as I am a new owner and want to make sure that I do everything right so that she has a nice and comfy very healthy life. Thanks for all your help,

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  • Paul Jr. - 2010-08-30
    I believe white is atually the snake urine, and the brown is the feces. I wouldn't say it is harmful to the snake because my Ball Python does that 2. I've had her for almost 5 years and she's been as healthy as can be, so I wouldn't say it is harmful.
  • Lindsey - 2010-09-26
    The white "poop" you're seeing is pee, ball pythons somehow adapted to make their pee hard idk how but that's probably what you're seeing.
Krista - 2011-04-01
I have a 9 year old ball python named Lucifer (LU for short) and he is 4ft. long and in great health. I also have a 3 month old one named Bubbles he opens his mouth a lot and I was reading about respitory illness in this breed. Is there any way to tell if he has an illness? He loves to be held and played with as does Lu. Any suggestions would be wonderful!!!!

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  • David Brough - 2011-04-01
    The symptoms of respiratory illness are weight loss due to decreased appetite, swollen or bloated body, gaping, and breathing an with open mouth. Immediately increase the temperature of the cage, both day and night by adding an additional heat source. If you don't notice a change in a day or two, take your snake to the vet right away.
    Check out the Melissa Kaplan's website for more information.
  • derek - 2011-09-20
    Hey if you slowly push up on its under belly all the way to it head if white nasty stuff comes out take it to the vet also check for mouth or if you have any more qestions e-mail me and do you know any breeders intrested. I'm trying to breed my boy but I dont have a female.
    hit me up
Jaimie - 2009-06-16
Me and my girlfriend just got a ball python about three days ago. I grew up with one so it was my choice of pet. I haven't handled a snake in about 4 years though so I've become a little nervous but not much. Just about an hour ago I was holding it(don't know the sex) and the bottom half of it kinda rolled on its back so it flipped its body around at a kinda fast motion and it scared me, so I tossed her off my lap onto the floor. I instantly picked her up and put her on the bed. I feel so so so bad. :( I'm not that scared of her so I don't know why I did it. I'm just trying to handle it as much as possible so we get used to each other.

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  • weldon rhoades - 2011-08-17
    Your poor lil guy got frightened and was balling up. Hence the name. Perfectly normal of the snake to do this. If you think you've harmed him then leave him alone w/o handling for about a week. He should be fine. Don't ever feed a hurt snake. The mouse may try eatting the snake..
steve - 2011-04-30
I'm just getting into snakes kind of I have four so far, thanks for all the info.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-02
    Enjoy and have fun. That's what we can all do day by day. Or try and do day by day. Right?
stewart hawes - 2011-02-03
I hav a royal python and she hasn't eaten for 5 weeks now I can't get her 2 eat what should I do?

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  • steve - 2011-04-30
    Don't know if your question was answered yet but ball pythons to not eating as much or sometimes completely I know my boa stopped for like 3 months and just started again, so continue to try your snake will be fine they can be picky hope I was some help.
Kasmira - 2010-11-07
My python, Akaesha, is 4months old and my first snake...I love her and she has only refused one meal because she was shedding. She is a great snake and allows me to handle her before and after eating too, and anytime I wish really. Usually after eating she'll just crawl to me and I'll put her somewhere warm. I'm just wondering it normal for them to pee, poo, and shed in their water dish? I mean she has 2 of them on either side of her tank and it's not like I'm complaining of the self-potty training, it makes for easy clean up. I just want to know if its expected behaviour. Also, if I want to have her and a male as a breeding pair, how long should I wait before I introduce her to her life long companion? Should he be older or younger and by how much? I appreciate any helpful responses. Thanks everyone :)

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  • Lynn - 2010-11-09
    Yeah actually Ball Python's prefer to defecate in their water bowls!
  • Kitty - 2010-11-18
    I have a ball python that is about a year old. I have only had cleo for about a month. The pet store does not know if it is female or male. Someone said possibly female. Cleo is a little more than 12 inches long. I feed it about 3 fuzzies a week, but it seems to want more. If you can give me any comments, i would appreciate it. I love her and she loves to crawl around on my laptop when it is on. Should i try to feed her 4 fuzzies a week or keep it to 3? Thanks. . .
  • Anonymous - 2010-11-28
    I don't know about the breeding thing, but I have a 3 year old ball python and he has always "relieved" himself in his water bowl. Just make sure and clean it as soon as you see it. I hope this helped :)
Reilly - 2010-11-24
The python stories are really wonderful to read...Pythons need to be handled with a lot of care...The information on your site was really useful and just the right information.

Angela - 2010-07-04
I got a beautiful ball our 5 yo daughter named No Feet last week, about 1 1/2 weeks ago actually. Snake appears healthy, but the place where I got her told me they had been feeding frozen pinkies. I bought a box and have offered them to it twice but both times, "she" has appeared to be a reluctant eater and by the time she is interested in them, they are no longer warm. How can I keep them warm since she is slow as molasses? Or is there a better alternative? i know she is captive bred so would her instincts kick in if I gave her live? I've never fed frozen before and always had snakes who were live fed. Any info would be appreciated.

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  • kevin holmes - 2010-11-23
    When you defrost frozen mice there's really no way to re warm the food but I had the same problem with my python, so I started feeding him live mice and never had a problem since. So try live because most snakes prefer live.