About Ball Pythons

Python Regius

Python regius

 

Python Regius

 

Scientific Name: Python regius
Natural Environment: Western and central Africa.
Average Size: Adults range from 3-5 feet.
Average Life Span: Approximately 20-30 years.
Appearance: The normal or wild caught Ball Python's body is a rich chocolate to golden brown with an eye-catching pattern of large cream to yellowish-buff blotches on the entire body. The females tend to be larger and heavier bodied than the males, but the males generally have longer spurs. The belly is usually an off-white or light gray color. Today, there are many different color and pattern morphs available.
Habitat: Throughout the edges of the forests of Western and Central Africa
Lighting: Ball Pythons are crepuscular (appearing or active in the twilight around dawn to dusk) Lighting requirements are minimal.
Temperature: A thermal gradient with an under-cage heating pad ranging from 77-85°F during the day and 69-75°F at night is more than adequate. We do not recommend use of hot rocks.
Humidity: Ball Pythons are from very warm, dry areas so misting is generally not needed or recommended except to assist during shedding however an adequate sized water bowl is a must so your python can soak or drink as needed..
Housing: It is critical that you make your terrarium as escape-proof as possible. Include a tight-fitting hide box in your snake's enclosure. It should be large enough for your snake to fit his entire body in, yet small enough to provide a feeling of shelter.
Substrate: Aspen, newspaper, or paper towels are good choices for substrate. It is recommended to spot clean the substrate daily and perform routine maintenance as needed.
Diet/Feeding: Ball Pythons are carnivores and can be fed mice, rats. If possible we recommended avoiding live food to protect the snake from being bitten. Feed during the evening or at dusk. Do not overfeed.
Behavior/Interaction: In general, a Ball Python is docile, curious, and gentle. Work slowly to gain your snake's trust during handling and avoid handling your Ball Python after he has finished eating in order to allow digestion to occur. If cared for properly, a Ball Python can be a companion that will be a part of your life for a great many years. They should remain alert and active well into their old age and they rely on you as their caretaker so if you act responsibly you will own your pet for a very, very long time.

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