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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

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, mostly at night, dawn, and dusk

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ENCLOSURE

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.

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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 to simulate a day/night cycle

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

Substrate: Bioactive soil, coconut husk, coconut fiber.

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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. 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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