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Keeping Ball Pythons As Pets
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.