Reptile Virus Epidemic

[This was originally posted because of a local scare. It seems talk spread much faster than any bacteria or virus.. We do not know for sure if it was ever real or not, but still we must remember to always practice safe husbandry, especially when getting new animals or visiting animals.] This is a public service announcement from Northwest Reptiles. There is a lot of information to read through, but the health of your pet may depend on it. Please … Continue reading

13 Common Mistakes Made by Ball Python Owners

There are a lot of simple errors people make with their ball pythons. I hope this can help ball python owners to prevent injury and sickness in their snakes. 1. Heating with a bulb. What’s so bad about this? First of all, these snakes should be getting belly heat FIRST. A ceramic infrared heater can be used to supplement, as long as your humidity is carefully monitored. Ball Pythons require 60% humidity, and up to 80% while in shed. Too … Continue reading

Ball Pythons in Clark County Washington

[This is an older post.  Northwest Reptiles is no longer located in the Vancouver area, so we haven’t kept abreast of any possible recent changes] Clark County Washington categorizes Ball Pythons as a Wild Animal, requiring a special Wild Animal Permit. This permit is not required per animal, but can be obtained for $100 to cover multiple animals. When receiving my permit, I also had to agree to a yearly SURPRISE inspection by animal control, which was very brief, and … Continue reading

Reptile Water Dishes

I use only ceramic crocks, because they are easy to clean, and they are heavy enough they don’t get tipped over (very often.) I’ve been using this source for some time, and thought I should share it with you. If looking for inexpensive ceramic crocks for cheap water bowls, especially if you buy in any sort of quantity. Shipping is not bad on the first bowl, but barely increases even after adding 10 additional ones, so the more you get, … Continue reading

Feeding: Live vs Frozen

Reasons to feed live food to your snake(s): The movement of the prey help stimulate the snakes natural feeding response. Don’t have to thaw out, and warm. If not eaten, just put it back in it’s cage. Tease feeding can be frustrating. Reasons to feed Frozen/Thawed food: Freezing for 6 months or more will kill all common parasites. Cannot injure snake. If not eaten can be re-frozen (up to 2 times.) Economical. Don’t have to house and care for live … Continue reading

Cleaning and Disinfecting

When cleaning up Ball Python (or any other reptile or small animal habitat) use either: 10% bleach to water solution.  DRY THOROUGHLY before re-introducing reptile. Diluted Chlorhexidine Solution spray on surfaces, wipe dry.  Animal may be introduced while still wet. We prefer the later.  It is safer for your animals, and your clothes.  We purchase a gallon of concentrate, and this will fill a few hundred spray bottles.

Ball Python Care 101

These are my recommendations.  I give this to anyone that wants their first ball python, or even if they have a few already.  A new owner, I will usually make them take it home and read it thoroughly, and come back later to buy/adopt their new pet. Things you will need: 1)      Habitat (usually glass aquarium with closable lid.)   Breeders will typically opt for a rack system, so they can house many snakes separately in a smaller space.