Scientific Name: Python regius
Native Habitat: Western and Central Africa
Lifespan: 15-30 years
Size: 2 to 3 feet for males, 3 to 5 feet for females
Ease of handling: Manageable size, docile temperament, and quite hardy
Skill level: Beginner
Activity level: Active, mostly at night, dawn, and dusk
At minimum, juveniles and small males can be kept in 36”x18”x18”. However, if you have a female over 3 feet then a larger enclosure is recommended 48”x24”x24” at minimum.
Temperature: Warm end should be between 30-35°C. Cool end should be between 20-30°C.
Lighting: UVB should be provided to simulate a day/night cycle
Humidity: 40-70%, increase if your snake develops shedding problems
Substrate: Bioactive soil, coconut husk, coconut fiber.
A large water dish should be provided for bathing.
2 hides are recommended, one at each end of the enclosure.
Ball pythons enjoy climbing on branches and vines.
A rough surface such as a large stone can help with shedding.
Rodents (no larger than the width of the widest part of the python's body) can be fed every 2-3 weeks. Ball pythons have a habit of not eating for months at a time, do not panic. Always remove uneaten food and ensure your friend has clean water readily available.
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