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Ball Python

Python regius

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Adult Ball Phythons that are brought into captivity from the wild are very difficult to tame and may even starve themselves. Captive bred Ball Phythons generally have a much better temperament. For these reasons you should completely avoid wild Ball Pythons.
Natural Location: Africa
Average Lifespan: 20 - 30 years
Estimated Size: 3' to 5'

Feeding & Water

Ball Pythons eat is semi-thawed rodents which have been warmed to room temperature. Be sure to only feed it prey which has already been killed. Live prey is dangerous as it could potentially cause physical damage to your snake.

Your Pythons water dish should be large enough that it can swim in it. This is especially important when it is shedding as the water aids in the shedding process.


Temperature, Lighting & Humidity

Ball Pythons prefer a temperature gradient from 80 degrees F to 95 degrees F which is relatively warm for snakes. It is a good idea to have a secondary heat source under the habitat to provide some additional heat. If you place a thermometer at the top and bottom of the tank you will have a better idea of what the temperature is throughout the habitat. Beware with adding heat rocks to the enclosure because reptiles can easily burn themselves.

These snakes are nocturnal so it is important not to use incandescent lights during the night. Other than that they have no particular lighting requirements.



A 30 - 40 Gallon tank is sufficient because Ball Pythons are not one of the more active snakes. Be sure to take care in ensuring that your snake will not be able to escape as Ball Pythons are known to do so. Even though they are not the largest of snakes they are incredibly strong.

Shredded bark or newsprint makes the best substrate for a Ball Python.


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