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Ball Python


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product highlights

  • For ages 12 & up
  • Can reach approximately 60"L
  • Can live 30 years or more
  • Carnivores
  • Solitary
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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

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.

Provide a water dish large enough for the snake to submerge itself in. Change water daily.

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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Ball Python
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Ball Python is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 30.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best pet I've ever owned!!!! My ball has been a joy to live with from the day she came home! She has been a wonderful addition to our family! She is the sweetest member of our family! We have had zero issues with her and she's so super cute! I would definitely recommend ball pythons to any animal lover! They're easy to care for and very rewarding!
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heating The article is pretty accurate except for two things, 1. Feed a baby Ball Python every 5 to 7 days, not 2 or 3 times per week. And 2. Forgot heating. Every Ball Python needs a heat source, babies can have the heat under the belly or on the side in back of enclosure. But, if you are using a terrarium style enclosure it should be belly heat. If you have a collection or are planning on having more than one Ball Python, a rack with plastic tubs is recommended and with those(depending on where you buy your rack from) the manufacturer of said rack may install the heat tape under the belly or running down back of the rack. With babies, it's recommended you not handle your new Ball Python until it starts feeding while in your care, unless you know a Ball Python breeder, retail establishments that sell Ball Pythons will most likely not feed your snake because the baby can regurgitate its food. Adults need belly heat because the heat helps them digest there food better. Babies do fairly well around 77 to 80 degree hot spot, adults around 80 to 85 degree hot spot, breeding Ball Python females that are gravid should be at about a 90 degree hot spot. Any one looking to get any kind of pet whether mammal or reptile should to the responsible thing and at the very least pick up a BOOK. For example, anyone looking to pick up even a normal Ball Python, i.e. "normal" meaning carries no other genetics like an Albino or Piebald, just to name two of the hundreds of recessive morphs; not to mention the thousands of genetic mutations seen in Ball Pythons, should pick up one of the Ball Python books at the retail petshop they are shopping at. Or go online and do a search for "Basic Ball Python husbandry and care".
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Pets I have two ball pythons! One normal male and one lemon blast female. These snakes are just awesome for people who like to sit around and read or play video games. My snakes are content with sitting around my arms and neck while I do homework or whatever I happen to need to get done.
Date published: 2015-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We got our snake from Petsmart and he is such an awesome addition to our house. He's happy and healthy! He's a great eater and very sweet. He's never bitten and has seemed to warm up to us quickly. He is not a picky eater - however we did learn that he was being under fed (10-15% of body weight should be food) so we upped him from eating 1 to eating 3 mice. Other than that, great pet! We also noticed that he was in his hide most of the time - we bought vines with leaves on them and added all over his terrerium - since then he seems happier and is RARELY in his hides :)
Date published: 2015-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing beginner pets I bought my little boy Vinny from PetSmart back in November of '14 on a random impulse. ("Hey, you know what'd be cool? Buying a snake!") I bought the deluxe snake starter kit, a few packs of fuzzies and small mice, etc. Right now, he's crawling around the base of my laptop and occasionally he'll try to type for me. He loves to curl up next to me or wrap around my wrist like a watch would be. He's my little butterball lol. I'm so glad I purchased him, he keeps me happy. The only thing that annoys me is sometimes ball pythons will go on a "feeding strike" and refuse to eat, and I've encountered that. He didn't eat for about a whole month, but i offered him a live mouse and he got back on track. That was fun... ADDITIONAL INFO: I bought him on a Friday, which was a feeding day at that particular store. He weighed about 130grams according to the paperwork. They said they fed him, so I waited about 5 days and fed him. He GREEDILY ate 3 fuzzies, so they *might* be under-feeding them at that particular store. Now he weighs about 210grams, and I'm about to start feeding him small rats, because large mice aren't adding weight to him, and the rats are about the same size as his widest part.
Date published: 2015-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Coolest pet so far I got my snake, Hank, after I completed my classes, so I thought "Hey, I passed everything, how about I get that snake I've always wanted!" So I went down to petsmart, and asked if there were any snakes for sale. They showed me a little python, and warned me that he was a little temperamental. I bought him, and now he couldn't be happier. He likes to sit on my Xbox while I play games, and luckily, he hasn't gone on a food strike, so I feed him mice that I've breed for his food.
Date published: 2015-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very happy with my Royal Ball Python I purchased my ball python a week ago now and I'm very satisfied with my purchase. He or she ate it first meal Friday with no problem. The snake is happy and healthy and do what ball pythons do. I'm very impressed with the knowledge of the employees as well....getting me everything that I needed to setup a good terrarium. Thks
Date published: 2016-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent pet When I first got "Koko", he was so small and fit in the palm of my hand (balled up). He was so cute! After a few years, he eventually got up to about 4.5-5 ft. I kept him in a 40gal. reptile tank w/locking screen lid, so no escapes. His tank was set up with the works and he was a happy, very calm snake to own. However, he unfortunately preferred the live mice over the frozen/thawed, but as my pet, I kept him fed what he wanted. :) Sadly, I moved to a place where he was misjudged and not allowed, so had to rehome him. I miss him and now that I am about to move to a more tolerant place, I plan on getting another one, just like him. :) Or as close as I can get, lol. I highly recommend these as pets. :)
Date published: 2014-10-23
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Are they scared easily 

Asked by: Snake lovers
Answered by: Gigahydra
Date published: 2018-08-28

how much will it be if i buy everything the snake needs

Asked by: jayruffin
about 200-250
Answered by: jayyy504
Date published: 2018-09-03

do they bite and can you hold thm

Asked by: emmie123456789
They do bite but only when the feel attacked. Their first thing to do is to curl up in a ball. Also when you first get the snake you want to let it be for 4-5 days maby even up to a week so it can adjust to its to habitat (You can put water everyday and food once during the 4-5 days and you can check up on them just dont hold them)
Answered by: Nina Lucas
Date published: 2018-09-03

How much is a habitat for a snake?

Asked by: Hi mum
mine was only $100 for one snake and it was a baby until it was 9 months. So the price varys.
Answered by: Nina Lucas
Date published: 2018-08-15

Hi my name is Annie. I was wondering if this ball python was a male or a female??

Asked by: frveryvng
If you look at the butt of the snake and if there are two spikes it’s a boy if not it’s a girl 
Answered by: Block head
Date published: 2018-08-29

How old is your ball pythons right now??

Asked by: Outlawmommy
idk lel but from what iv seen 6 months to 1 year
Answered by: lell
Date published: 2018-08-22

How much money is it to set a cage

Asked by: Kai Kai
When I had mine the tank, water bowl, a hide, head lamp, and uvb lamp was about 150 to start when they are young.
Answered by: Taillight
Date published: 2018-08-22

Are they male or female? I need to know to determine the size of enclosure to buy.

Asked by: ablanesr
They give you a random gender, and it does matter because females grow fast
Answered by: Snakeowner35
Date published: 2018-08-15
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