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
Ease of handling: Manageable size, docile temperament, and quite hardy
Skill level: Beginner
Activity level: Active at night, dawn, and dusk
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.
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.
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. Always remove uneaten food and ensure your friend has clean water readily available.
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