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Keeping Ball Pythons As Pets

Updated on March 21, 2014
A Ball Python Is A Great Snake For The Beginner. It is easy to care for and usually gives few problems.
A Ball Python Is A Great Snake For The Beginner. It is easy to care for and usually gives few problems.

Ball Python Basic Set Up

Ball Python Feeding Tips

Ball Python Basic Set Up Part 2

The Ball Python is a great snake for a person who wants a snake as a pet. It is one of the most popular snakes kept as a pet. But keep in mind that a Ball Python can still reach lengths of 3 to 6 feet and it can live in captivity as long as 40 years with most snakes living 20-25 years. This makes the Ball Python one of the longest lived snakes in the world.

The enclosure for your Ball Python should be set up before you bring your snake home and you should really purchase as large an enclosure as you can afford to start with. We use a substrate of shredded newspaper material and it makes for real easy clean up. We run the newspaper through a office shredder and it turns it into excellent substrate material.

You really need a enclosure large enough to allow you to have a large enough water dish for your Ball Python to get into and submerge its self. You will also want a large branch or two that are securely fastened down for your Ball Python to climb on and your snake needs a place to hide when it wants quite time alone.

Be sure that if you are using shredded newspaper as a substrate that you change it when ever you see it is dirty. Also be sure to keep your Ball Pythons water clean and change it any time you see that it is dirty.

The day time temperature for your Ball Python should be in the area of 80-85 degrees with a 60 percent humidity level. Your nighttime temperature can be allowed to drop to 75 degrees. You will most likely need a under-tank heater and a light to keep the temperatures where they need to be. If your Ball Python enclosure is large enough you may want to keep one side of the enclosure at or near 85 degrees and the other side at or near 75 degrees. If you can accomplish this you will have a much happier healthy Ball Python.

You will find that if you watch the videos on this Hub Page that they will give you some great information on keeping and caring for your Ball Python.

One important thing a lot of people miss when keeping a Ball Python or any other snake is that you should be continuously self educating yourself. You can start by checking out a book or two from your public library on Ball Pythons. And you can always use Google to search for more information about Ball Pythons. Do your own research and learn everything you can about Ball Pythons.

Don't stress out if your Ball Python seems to go for a long period of time with out eating. Ball Pythons can suddenly for no reason go off their food for a few weeks or even a month or two. Don't really worry though unless you see the snake losing body mass. Keep a journal about your Ball Python and be sure to make a note when it eats. You can also make other notes about your Ball Python that you might want to remember later.

If you have a Ball Python please post a comment about it below and tell us all about it. Also feel free to ask any questions , suggestions , tips , or comments you may have.

Do Your Research:  Before you commit to buying any pet, please do your own independent research.

The text on this Hub Page was produced by Thomas Byers for this Hub Page and is not to be copied or used on other sites. Today's date is Friday , December 18th , 2009.

Do you have a Ball Python? Tell us about it. Also post your questions , suggestions , tips , or comments about Ball Pythons now.

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    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks for the great comments.

      Sorry but no links will ever be approved here.

      Again thanks for the great comments just please post no links here in the comments.

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      7 years ago

      i boght a baby ball python about a month and a half ago. and i love it...i was terrified of snakes, until i held him in petsmart. but now he is my favorite of all my pets. hes never struck at me, and has never missed a meal. and i research constantly about them... i always feel like i may be doing something wrong. but so far so good. very helpful post btw!

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      8 years ago

      my fiancé and i just bought our first ball python a year ago and found him to be very friendly. Today we went out and bought a spider and a pastel hoping to breed in a year and get the bumble bees cause there patterns are very unique. if you have any tips on what type of hatcheries are better to use i would love to hear about it cause in about a year we are going to get one just have no idea really on what is the best kind thanks.

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      8 years ago

      Ball Pythons are a really good pet. my Ball Pythons name is Andy. All my friends think i like furry animals but i don't. I really like all the none furry animals. But yet i get teased for that. So now i only have two friends that like the same things i do. The rest of my friends are my 8 snakes, 6 geckos, 6 lizards, and 4 frogs.

    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      8 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks for the comment. And I am aware of some peoples fear of snakes. Snakes really get a bad reputation they really don't deserve. They are not slimy as some people believe. I have lots of snakes and I have only been bitten once in my life and that was my fault. But Ball Pythons do make great first snakes for a person wanting a snake.

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      Dale Mazurek 

      8 years ago from Canada

      This is great information but in my eyes a snake is a snake and they will never be in my home.

      People interested really should pay attention to this hub




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