How Do I Set up a Ball Python

Where do Ball Pythons live?

  • For ages 12 & up
  • Can reach approximately 60"L
  • Can live 30 years or more
  • Carnivores
  • Solitary
Note: Pet availability is seasonal. State and local regulations may vary. Pricing may vary by store location. PetSmart stores cannot match the price below for this pet. Ask a store associate for details.

Ball pythons can live 30 years or more! Unless breeding, these snakes should be housed one to a habitat. There are a number of different color varieties of ball pythons. They are a very popular snake in the United States. This can be attributed to the fact that they are generally hardy and very docile in nature.

Things to remember

Handling
Give your snake 3-4 days to adjust to his new home, then try holding him for brief periods of time. Hold your snake gently but firmly trying not to constrict his movement, but rather allow him to move between your two hands (using the hand over hand handling method). Most snakes will calm down and move more slowly when allowed some initial free movement. Ball pythons rarely bite, but don't handle your snake during feeding time or when he is shedding.

Frozen mice
Ball pythons will obtain all of the nutrition they need from the laboratory-grown frozen/thawed mice available in the PetSmart fish department freezer. Choosing the right size of frozen rodent is easy; choose the one with a body circumference closest to the size of the thickest part of your snake's body.

Feeding amounts & frequency
Feed young snakes 2-3 times a week. Offer adults food once a week.

Water
Provide a water dish large enough for the snake to submerge itself in. Change water daily.

Housing
Individual ball pythons can be maintained in a 20-gallon habitat or smaller plastic pet container as juveniles, and in a 20-gallon or larger habitat as an adult (2-3 years of age). A tight-fitting locking screen lid isessential for proper air exchange, and to prevent escapes!

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