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The handsome, sweet tempered Ball Python is one of the most favored and adored pet snakes!
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I have a young ball python named Patch. Ball pythons are chubby snakes; short and fat and generally quite slow when moving, so they are not likely to scare someone who is afraid of snakes. They are incredibly strong creatures with over 77% of their entire bodies consisting of pure muscle, so they will squeeze very tightly and effortlessly to anything supporting them. Ball pythons often scare their new owners when they refuse to eat for months at a time. This is simply because they are sensitive creatures and they become shy and reclusive when introduced to a new situation. It may take your python a full year to become accustomed to your home, and so he will be quite reluctant to eat. Very seldom will a reptile eat when shedding, so you can speed up the shed by warm baths every couple of days until the snake finally gets rid of his skin. It is always better to feed several small prey items rather than one large one. I suggest offering a live pinky mouse every to every other day. If the snake eats it, he eats it. If not, it can wait a day or two. This is the best way for a snake to eat, as it does wonders for their digestive tract. Studies show that snakes fed this way can top fifty years or more, and even in some cases, outlive their owners! A larger snake can be fed a larger mouse, or more pinkies. Breeding colonies of mice is a great way to get hundreds of mice for under ten dollars, and to keep them for years to come. Ball pythons are extremely sensitive to drastic temperature change, and they can slowly freeze to death even at room temperature! Remember, your body makes heat on its own, but snakes need their environment to make heat for them. This is what "cold-blooded" really means. Have you ever noticed your snake crawling towards appliances, heaters, warm food, or even towards you? They can "see" warm places, and they like to be near them to regulate body temperature. A cold snake will quickly wander to the warmest place it sees to keep itself alive. That's why it's a good idea to turn on a small heater and put a towel next to it whenever your snake gets loose. You can check the towel every couple of hours to see if your buddy is sleeping underneath it. If you let a mouse crawl on the towel, your snake will also be attracted to the tasty smell.
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Lenny V. Lisbeck
Heavenly Hollow Herps
Leech Lake Area, MN
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Hi, I have a baby ball python named Chico. He is a little over two months. I do handle him a lot and I found out that that does cause a refusal to eat with ball pythons. I usually take him with me when I go places. Is that unhealthy for him?
The first time I fed him a fuzzy, he ate it. My local pet store did not have any live fuzzies so I had to buy a frozen one. I thawed it out and gave it to him but he will not eat it.
Also, I feel like it's time for him to shed, but he isn't. I am worried his tank is not humid enough. Help?
I have 2 royal pythons that have been together since they were babies about 18mths is it safe to separate them they are both males?
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Editor's Note -
Reptiles usually don't bond or have the same emotional connections to other members of their family like many mammals do. It is safe to separate them.
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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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.
The scales on the top/end part of the tail of my ball python has turned a redish color almost over night. Its not crusty of nasty looking, the scales still look healthy too. Any ideas?
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Has your snake shed recently? The scales are the brightest and most colorful right after they shed. On rare occasions they will have challenges shedding the tip of the tail skin. When it does fall off it may bleed a little and then scab over. Perhaps your snake had a similar thing, but leaving the skin reddish in color.
Sounds like scale rot, not serious but check the belly of it if it has any sort of pink tint it is definitely scale rot, if it likes to stay in the water do not mist the tank or try taking the water dish out for a night or two.
?how can you tell if it is a boy or girl? Please tell me how can I find out.
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Dave B -
Ball Python sexing is relatively easy. All pythons and boas have anal spurs. The spurs are a claw-like structure located about 2" - 3" from the tip of the tail. Male ball pythons have longer spurs than females. There is a theory that the spurs are evolutionary remnants of hind legs! Male pythons also tend to have smaller heads than females.
Dustin Turner -
Sexing is best done by somebody with experience. With that said there are two common ways to determine the sex of your ball python.
#1 - Probing: Probing is done with an appropriately sized stainless steel rod with a rounded end. You first sterilize the rod. Then you lubricate the rod with preferably KY Jelly, or Vaseline. Then you insert the rod SLOWLY into the vent of the snake gently pushing the rod toward the tail until you feel resistance. DO NOT push the rod past this point! Now with your thumbnail mark how deep the rod went into the vent before resistance was felt. Now slowly pull the rod out keeping the spot marked on the rod, and lay it on the snakes tail to compare it to the amount of scales down the tail. If the length inserted is equal to no more that 2 to 4 scales ( typically 3 ) then the ball python is female. If it is more ( typically 7 or 8 ) then it is a male. Now you must remember to remove any lube that may be left on the snake.
The second method is popping which is to manually force the snake to show their hemipenes. This method is easy to perform if done properly, but is easiest to learn if taught in person by somebody with experience.
That picture is awesome.
I haven't read the previous comments but my boyfriends friend's california king snake got out n went down the drain in the tub, couldn't find him so he figured it died. Well a year later he found her out in the yard just chillin. Also my boyfriends ball python got out twice after we moved into our apartment. First time we found him behind the dryer and the other time he was under the window seat. Your best chances of catching the little guy even like they say in the book, put things that get warm around your house in a few different places to help draw the snake out n just check up from time to time. As long as your house is secure and you don't have animals that will bother it like a cat or dog your chances of finding it should stay pretty good. My boyfriend also had a snake that got out in his old house and lived under the carpet for over a year n just caught mice most likely. -Megan
My 7ft 3yr old burmese Python Nagini, ate a towel(not a beach towel), will she die? Cause I can't afford surgery it's $2400.00! Please someone tell me what I should email@example.com
Whether you find your snake or not depends A LOT on luck. I've had snakes escape before. My reticulated was found sleeping INSIDE my shoe once. A few times in the gap between the door and wall of various rooms. Carpet python under the sink anchored to the outgoing pipe. As for my ball python, I had actually given up on finding him but one day as I was preparing for a shower, I opened the cover of the drainage hole to flush in some hair on the bathroom floor and there's where I found him. Mind you, he was already a fairly fat snake at about 24+" then so it was one place I didn't expect to see him. Also, he'd gotten there through a pipe joining the bathroom to the toilet and had obviously gone in from the toilet end. Good luck!
Check underneath your bed or underneath stuff where it would be warm and tight, they like to have something on their backs so they feel safe... and for future reference, get a locking top tank or at least put something on top that is too heavy for it to lift.