Ball Python length
Are ball pythons good beginner snakes? For the most part; yes. Ball pythons remain generally small, rarely exceeding 5 feet in length, they are slow-moving and fairly docile and they can sustain a fairly wide range of living conditions. Keep in mind however, that all snakes have certain requirements that need to be met to stay healthy and thrive. Should I buy a male or female ball python? Which ever you prefer. Some say that females tend to be more aggressive. Others say that males are more picky eaters. From experience, I disagree with both statements. There is generally no difference in behavior, temperment, aggressiveness, eating response, etc. from male and female, but female ball pythons do tend to get larger, and are generally more expensive. How big do ball pythons get? Females generally get bigger than males, averaging 5 feet, while males will average 4 feet in length. How long do ball pythons live? Ball pythons have not been kept in captivity for very long, so no definitive answer is available. The longest-lived ball python on record was a female who lived on display at a zoo to the age of 47. I would expect an "average" lifespan to be anywhere from 25-40 years. What should I expect to pay for a ball python? The cost of a ball python will depend entirely on where they are purchased and what you are looking for. For example, females tend to be more expensive than males, and wild-caught specimens are far-less expensive than captive-bred snakes. A breeder in your area breeding captive-bred specimens will generally sell normal juvenile males for $50-$75 while females of the same age will sell for $100- $150. Pet stores will sell juvenile ball pythons (male or female) for anywhere from $100-$200. Local reptile shows are also a great place to purchase a ball python for a great price. What do CB, CH, WC and LTC mean? CB (Captive-Bred): This means the snakes parents were both bred in captivity. These are the most preferred snakes to purchase. CH: (Captive-Hatched): This means that the eggs were taken from the wild and incubated in captivity. Not as preferred as CB. WC (Wild-Caught): Snakes that are wild-caught were removed from the wild and sold to pet stores and the general public. These animals are sometimes very unhealthy; having internal and/or external parasites. Least preferred of all ball pythons, and should be avoided. LTC (Long-Term Captive): These snakes are no different from WC specimens but were kept in captivity for a term. Just as unpreferred as WC. What does 1.2.3 in front of a snake's description mean? This is a terminology...
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