This includes our babies, juveniles, subadults, and breeders. We received a 250 gram clown ball python in January of 2003, that didn't eat its first meal for us until July 2003. Habitat: Provide a hiding area that is big enough for your python to fit snugly into. We cut because it works for us and we are very cautious of all possible pathogens or problems that may occur from it! Ball pythons do the majority of their growing in the first 3 to 4 years of their life, but continue to slowly grow after that, as all reptiles do. Ball pythons, or Royal Pythons, are smaller snakes 4-6 feet and are commonly kept as pets. They can also vary in size quite a bit.
Weight in males is just as important, we make sure that the males are up to at least 400 grams if they are from the last hatching season or 600+ for older males and that they are lean and not fat. Ball Python Availability Ball pythons are quite easy to acquire. Therefore, if you are keeping a ball python as a pet, regular handling once or twice a week is essential. We are only concerned with humidity within our egg boxes which we keep at 90% or higher. Do not leave white light on during the night. Do not use cedar shavings or bark chips.
Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Managing size is one thing, but trying to keep them from growing because of you personal desire for her size to stay where it's at is unethical. What Food to Feed a Ball Python Feed your ball python an appropriately sized rodent weekly. Of course, that was a long time ago. Ball Pythons need 8-12 hours of light a day. So, how long does it take a ball python to reach its adult length? If you are unlucky enough to find your ball python suffers from any health issues in the future, such a chart can also be of great interest to your vet, allowing them to spot anything obviously wrong. They're possibly the 4th easiest snake to look after, followed by the corn snake, the king snake and the the milk snake. I agree with the other guy, a pvc reptile cage would be best, but they are expensive.
After a few weeks like this you can feel confident that your snake now has the appetite to eat their new prey source. Some people also like to provide a damp hide - a place the snake can go when it needs more humidity. The drawback to this kind of caging is that you have to slide the box out of the rack to see the snake. If they have been keeping feeding charts — as many people do — then all the better. Finally, ball pythons are extremely popular because they come in well over 100 different color and pattern combinations.
Aside from dealing with the awful smell and mess, it is bad for the snake and can lead to future eating problems. Never leave a live rodent unattended with any snake, as they can injure the snake. If a snake looks like it is going to strike, it is best to not handle it. It doesn't even make sense with burms retics or anacondas. They typically come carefully packed, in a well-insulated box together with packs of dry ice. The time taken to reach maturity is usually around 2—3 years and after that their growth slows down.
The scales are smooth and both sexes have on either side of the vent. Wetting it down once or twice a week will help keep the cage humid. We generally try to breed each male to about 5 females. They are toxic to reptiles. They can be located in Southeast Asia and can be found in the various Tropical Rainforest's which covers over 1. Wild Ball Pythons tend to prefer rodents that live in their natural environment in West Africa.
Aspen is easy to spot clean and easy to replace entirely. In this state, it can literally be rolled around. He's on a strike right now, the jerk. Please select which size enclosure you will using so we can customize your bulbs and items to fit it properly. Whether to feed rats or mice is a contentious issue in ball python circles. We take a lot of pride in the hatchlings we get and would never risk harming them for our own personal gain. Newspaper and paper towel work best for rack systems.
Frozen food is, in my opinion, the way to go. The one cage accessory that is required for a happy ball python is a good. Save money in the meantime using a temporary enclosure that will last your snake through its subadult years. I have a wide array of ball python morphs for sale. If a lock occurs in that time it gets recorded and after the male is done with that female, we will switch him to another female he is planned to be with. It is always important to check the snake after it has shed to ensure that there is no skin remaining on the tip of its tail, and that the eye caps have been completely removed. Remember that cedar is not a suitable bedding as it is toxic to all snakes.