Switching Ball Pythons from Live Meals to Frozen/Thawed Meals

We feed almost exclusively live mice and rats to our ball pythons. We do this for several reasons including: 1) ball pythons start easier on live meals, 2) when feeding a lot of snakes tease feeding can be very time consuming, 3) if we have left over feeders, we can just put them back in the tubs to grow a bit more. Many people would prefer to keep meals in the freezer, and thaw them as needed to feed to … Continue reading

8 Most Famous Myths Regarding Reptiles

When most people hear the word reptile, they picture a deadly wild anaconda which is ready to devour them alive. Picturing a venomous snake is another way we view reptiles. The reality is far from that. The truth is that there are several misconceptions about this group of animals. It is the reason why they are the most marginalized and misunderstood creatures. Even as pets, mammals rule our homes, but we think of reptiles as some robotic and dumb creatures … Continue reading

Ball Python Feeding Chart

Ball Python Feeding Chart

*Consider smaller medium rats (90-110 range, versus 120-150 range) All rodent sizes are assuming you are using standardized feeder sizes based off of Frozen charts, such as those found on PerfectPrey.com. When choosing African Soft Furs, consider the approximate weight of the soft fur in comparison to the more common prey items (IE, a small rat is usually between 50 and 90 grams, so feed appropriate size furs or combine as needed). ASF weights are harder to find. IMPORTANT NOTES: … Continue reading

Reptile Enrichment

We constantly hear people talk about enrichment for reptiles. Not all reptiles are the same species. We know this sounds like a duh but we constantly hear people try to argue “reptiles” and even “snakes” and create this one size fits all model. If you notice the study here references the need to understand SPECIES SPECIFIC NATURAL HISTORIES. That means that we actually have to understand the natural behaviors of the animals in order to determine what would qualify as … Continue reading

Yes, they really do live in small dark places.

Why small spaces? Why no light? Why no branches? Small, Dark Places. That is where they spend their time. What is the best way to keep any animal in captivity? In a way that best mimics the native conditions and allows for us to most effectively create the proper conditions. SO STOP TRASHING RACKS BECAUSE YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW THEY ACTUALLY LIVE. STOP anthropomorphizing the snakes and thinking that they are being deprived by being in “tiny boxes”. Reptile keeping … Continue reading

Why We Recommend Small Enclosures

The chief argument we hear for bigger enclosures is this one: “They live in the wild so a large tank shouldn’t be a big issue.” My question to you is this: You also live in the wild. Does that mean you would be 100% fine living on the streets instead of in a house? I’m willing to bet most of you are scratching your head right now wondering why I’d make such a comparison, but the simple fact is this … Continue reading

Quarantine of New Ball Pythons

Quarantine Basics Separate room from your existing snakes. Separate feeding tongs and items for the quarantine animals from the rest of your collection. It’s a good practice to wash up and change your clothes after handling new animals. If you have provent-a-mite you can spray the new enclosures down with it for precaution. (Let it thoroughly dry before adding animal) Sanitize everything they come in contact with. 30-60 day symptom free quarantine. If animal either gets sick or you find … Continue reading

“So are ball pythons semi-arboreal?” and More [Lights, Movement, Climbing] by Jacqueline Vreeken

Let’s talk scientific studies! Many new keepers (and veterans) are unaware of the factual evidence available in the world of Ball Pythons. These studies below help us to understand wild behavior which, in turn, makes us better keepers of this regal species. Ever hear someone claim Ball Pythons are arboreal? What about folks who argue that it’s normal for Ball Pythons to go off feed in the winter? Who says lights shouldn’t be used? Why is a ‘hiding Ball a … Continue reading

Tank Vs. Rack — What’s the Best Ball Python Enclosure?

There are many styles of reptile enclosures, but only a couple that are common for ball pythons. First, and foremost we what our animals to be happy and healthy, and to them, the most important factors are places to hide, gradient temperatures, and humidity , but we each go about meeting their needs differently depending on budget, space, resources, and personal taste. Let’s look at the most common enclosures for ball pythons. The glass Tank The glass tank is very … Continue reading

X-Ray of Gravid Ball Python

  Shaun had one of his gravid ball pythons x-rayed the other day. I’m not sure of the circumstance, but the photo is very nice to have. Here she is, with 6 very obvious eggs. Click the photo to pull up an enlarged version. My first inclination was that x-rays are not safe, especially to a gravid (pregnant) animal, but then again, the minimal amount amount of x-rays used in today’s x-ray setups isn’t dangerous unless you are exposed regularly … Continue reading

Ball Python Psychology – The Problem Feeder

Ball Python Psychology – The Problem Feeder

Ball pythons are very picky eaters.  Books could be written about this subject alone. When your Ball Python has been eating regularly but stops suddenly, it can be frightening for a novice handler/owner, especially when; as mammals we eat multiple times every day, meanwhile, they can go half a year or more without showing any medical symptoms. In reality, BP’s will periodically take a break from feeding, but if it has been more than three skipped meals, there are a … Continue reading

My ball python is nippy. What should I do?

I get asked about nippy ball pythons regularly. Usually these are babies. Ball pythons often get nippy at this very young stage. They have recently learned to eat, and eating makes them feel good. They also see movement, and don’t know any better. There are only two reasons a ball python might be nippy. They are hungry, or they want to be left alone. With this in mind, you need to modify your own behavior. There two things you can … Continue reading