Full grown Ball Pythons
Ball pythons often serve as an introductory python. They are readily available, grow to a good size without being overwhelming, and generally have good dispositions. This is the upside to ball pythons. The downside is they arrive in this country in two conditions; great shape or horrible shape. They can also be problematic feeders. Fortunately, the ball python is now being bred in captivity offering potential snake keepers a shot at a healthy, less stressed and less parasitized animal. Always buy a juvenile snake. Captive bred is always preferred. They will make for a more docile pet and eat readily with no problems. Adult ball pythons, especially those which have been collected from the wild are notorious for being finicky eaters. Avoid these animals!
Until recently there was simply the standard ball python. Through Selective breeding, Breeders have developed various colors and pattern variations (morphs). There are "albinos", jungle morphs, piebald and striped ball pythons. Naturally, these animals are not common, but they are available for a price. Thousands of Ball Pythons are Imported to the U.S. & Europe every year. Many Reptile Breeder today are producing more & more Captive Born Ball Pythons than ever before - providing the consumer with superior animals.
NATIVE HABITAT: The Western and Central African Savannahs and plains of Ghana, Togo & Benin. Ball Pythons are found on the ground in burrows or dens of small mammals (most likely Pouched Rats ) and in Termite Mounds.
SIZE: 3 - 6 feet. Average size is 4 feet. Ball pythons have a small head, with a long, thick body, and a short stubby tail.
HOUSING: A thirty gallon aquarium (36"x 12"x 12" ) or a cage of equal size (i.e., Neodesha ABS plastic cage or melamine cage) is adequate for a full grown ball python. The cage must have a tight fitting secure cover. Screen covers are best secured with "cage clips." Cypress Mulch is a good substrate for Ball Pythons. The Mulch will help increase humidity. It is generally best to avoid pine shavings, corn cob bits and gravel. These substrates may be ingested by the snake.