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BALL PYTHONS (PYTHON REGIS)
Ever wonder why they are called "ball pythons"? The answer is because whenever they become stressed or frightened, they have a tendency to roll up into a tight ball, tucking their heads inside their coils. They can literally be rolled around while in this state. Not a good idea though.
They are also sometimes referred to as Royal Pythons because of the legend told that Cleopatra wore a python around her wrist.
Ball pythons originated in Africa. Being one of the smallest python species, they make good pets because of their docile and easy to handle temperaments.
Growing to a maximum of 3-5 feet, they will grow about a foot a year for the first three years. They have been known to live 50 years with proper care, but 20-30 years seems to be the average lifespan.
The normal color pattern is usually black or dark brown with light brown or gold sides and dorsal blotches. The underbelly is a white or cream that may have some black markings.
Today there are many "morph" or genetic mutations resulting in many different unusual colors and patterns in ball pythons.
They range from almost pure white with blue eyes, the Leucistic, to cinnamon, spider, albino, bumble bee, mojave, clowns, butters, and many more colors and patterns.
Through selective breeding, python breeders are coming up with more and more exciting and unusual ball pythons, some of which can run into the thousands of dollars!
CAPTIVE VERSUS WILD CAUGHT
Captive ball pythons will be a little more expensive but well worth the cost than a wild caught snake. Wild snakes are more stressed in captivity and may refuse to eat. They can also harbor internal and external parasites and disease. A captive snake from a reputable breeder will be raised in a controlled environment and should be free from disease and parasites. The young ball python will have had previous handling and human contact.
CHOOSING A BALL PYTHON
Look for a young snake that is alert and curious. He should have clear eyes and no respiratory problems. Bubbling around the nostrils or vent shoud not be seen nor should you hear any wheezing sounds. Both symptoms indicate respiratory problems and shoud be avoided. The youngster may be a little aggressive at first, but should calm down and gently wrap around your hand to steady himself.
Pythons are ground dwellers and can be very secretive and sedentary.
Wild caught ball pythons can be more picky eaters than captive bred pythons.
Ball pythons make very good pets with the proper care. This information touches lightly on some of the history, equipment, proper care and feeding of the ball python. As there are so many variables with any pet, personalities, yes even ball pythons have individual personalites and other factors involved, your breeder should be a wealth of information to answer any questions or problems you may have.
Black Eyed Lucy Superfire female.