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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.

CARE

EQUIPMENT

Pythons are ground dwellers and can be very secretive and sedentary.

Adults need at least a 20 gallon long glass tank and some adult females will need a 40 gallon tank.

Hiding places should be placed at each end of the tank with one end having a thermostat controlled heating pad placed under it to allow the python to regulate it's body temperature. This is very important to the health and well being of the animal.

The temperature should be at least 80 degrees with an area for the snake to bask in at 90 degrees.

Humidity should be between 60 and 80 degrees for proper health. Dry substrate, like newspaper, shredded mulch or Astroturf, which is re-usable with proper washing, can be used as flooring material.

A water dish large enough for your snake to soak in should be provided as it is very important during the snake shedding his skin.

Make sure your confinement has a good locking lid. Some snakes are escape artists! You want to protect your investment and your toes!

As there are many variables, your breeder will be able to provide you with information as to what type of environment your baby ball python has been acclimated to. What kind of tank, bedding, temperature, humidity and of course, food.


FEEDING

Wild caught ball pythons can be more picky eaters than captive bred pythons.

Some ball pythons can be picky eaters if stressed, over handled, temperatures that are too hot or too cold or lack of a good hiding place.

Offer your snake food no larger than the widest part of his body or the same size as the largest part of the body.

Young snakes should be fed every 5-7 days while older adults are fed about every 10-14 days.

Feed prey that is sized according to the size of the snake. Fuzzy mice for the smaller snakes, and larger prey for the adult snakes. If you feed killed prey, you can use tongs to move the prey in front of the snake without him mistaking your hand for lunch!

It is a good idea if you can, to move the snake to a different location for feeding. This way he is not expecting prey when you put your hand in the tank. This will also help in the taming process and make it easier when you are putting your hand in the tank to get the snake out for handling.


SUMMARY


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.

There are also many websites with good articles, books and videos to aquaint yourself with and communities and forums to discuss and learn more about these wonderful animals.

We hope this information was helpful to you and feel free to contact us any time!


ref: exoticpets.about.com/cs/pythons/a/ballpythons.htm
ref: wikipedia.org/wike/Ball_python



Black Eyed Lucy Superfire female.

We were devestated at the loss of this beautiful girl due to a heart problem she had. We had her for 8 months before the heart problem showed up and we lost her. This girl was purchased from another breeder and was not bred by us, nor did we breed her so none of the genetics were passed to any offspring. Problems can happen with any living thing, but we stand comitted to keep our lines clean of any inherited faults. RIP beautiful girl.


black eyed Lucy female baby ball python snakesuperfire baby female ball python snake

Black Eyed Lucy Superfire female.

We were fortunate to be able to add this exciting new addition to our ever growing breeding program of colorful morph ball pythons! This girl should produce some outstanding babies with wild patterns!




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