The ball python (Python regius), also known as the royal python is one of the most popular exotic pet snakes in Herpetoculture today. They are shy and will spend much of their time hiding, but they make for ideal captive reptile pets because they are small in size, generally friendly, easy to care for, and come in a fantastic array of colors and patterns. . Your ball python may initially see you as a threat and it must learn who you are. The goal is to establish trust between you and your snake.
They are native to Africa and thrive in warm tropical areas. They are known as the royal python in many parts of the world. Hatchlings are approximately 10 inches long. Female can grow up to 4 to 5 feet long, and males can grow up to 3 to 4 feet long. Females in some case have grown up to 6 feet long. The male is generally slenderer and has a smaller head. There recognized dominant, co-dominant and heterozygous genes and combined offer many different colors and patterns. They generally live 10 years in the wild, and often 20-30 years in captivity (the record is 47 years).
Ball pythons will not eat at certain times throughout the year, particularly during winter and breeding. Be prepared for the possibility of your ball python going off feed, this is typically nothing to worry about with healthy, well-established pythons. They can sometime go off feed up to 6 months. If your ball python is healthy, continue your husbandry routine as usual, but keep the amount of handling to a minimum. Offer your ball python food every 10 to 14 days until it is interested in eating again, as the snake will eventually resume a normal feeding routine. Feed adults every 1 to 2 weeks. Hatchlings and sub-adult ball pythons should eat once weekly. Snakes generally do not eat while they are in the shed cycle. Always have fresh clean water for your ball python. Check the water daily. Misting is not needed nor recommended, however, if the humidity is extremely low, occasional light misting while in shed will provide higher humidity that can aid in proper shedding. Adult Ball Pythons should not be kept in a damp environment since this can lead to skin infections, respiratory infections and other problems.
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