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Ball Python

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GENERAL INFO

Scientific Name: Python regius

Native Habitat: Western and Central Africa

Lifespan: 15-30 years. Oldest in captivity reached 48 years old.

Size: 2 to 3 feet for males, 3 to 5 feet for females

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DIFFICULTY

Temperament: Docile

Ease of handling: Manageable size, docile temperament, and quite hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Activity level: Active at night, dawn, and dusk

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ENCLOSURE

Adults should be kept in an enclosure measuring 48”x24”x24” at minimum. Contrary to popular belief, many ball pythons utilitize climbing space when given the opportunity.

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ENVIRONMENT

Temperature: Warm end should be between 30-35°C. Cool end should be between 20-30°C. 

Lighting: UVB should be provided as this has been proven to be beneficial to all reptiles.

Ferguson Zone: Zone 2 - Partial Sun or Occasional Basker. UVI of 1.1- 3.0 in basking zone.

Humidity: 40-70%, increase if your snake develops shedding problems

Substrate: Bioactive soil, organic topsoil, cocohusk.

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ENRICHMENT

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.

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DIET

Rodents (no larger than the width of the widest part of the python's body) can be fed every 2-3 weeks. Always remove uneaten food and ensure your friend has clean water readily available.

We are a foster based reptile rescue located in Ontario, Canada.

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