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Ball pythons can live 30 years or more! Unless breeding, these snakes should be housed one to a habitat. There are a number of different color varieties of ball pythons. They are a very popular snake in the United States. This can be attributed to the fact that they are generally hardy and very docile in nature.
Things to remember
Handling Give your snake 3-4 days to adjust to his new home, then try holding him for brief periods of time. Hold your snake gently but firmly trying not to constrict his movement, but rather allow him to move between your two hands (using the hand over hand handling method). Most snakes will calm down and move more slowly when allowed some initial free movement. Ball pythons rarely bite, but don't handle your snake during feeding time or when he is shedding.
Frozen mice Ball pythons will obtain all of the nutrition they need from the laboratory-grown frozen/thawed mice available in the PetSmart fish department freezer. Choosing the right size of frozen rodent is easy; choose the one with a body circumference closest to the size of the thickest part of your snake's body.
Feeding amounts & frequency Feed young snakes 2-3 times a week. Offer adults food once a week.
Water Provide a water dish large enough for the snake to submerge itself in. Change water daily.
Housing Individual ball pythons can be maintained in a 20-gallon habitat or smaller plastic pet container as juveniles, and in a 20-gallon or larger habitat as an adult (2-3 years of age). A tight-fitting locking screen lid isessential for proper air exchange, and to prevent escapes!
Hiding place Provide a natural or artificial rock, wood or plastic hiding area.
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