How to Take Care of a Ball Python | Pet Snakes

Ball pythons are probably one of your more
docile pythons and a very good pet to have. As you can see, this little guy is balling
off a little bit. They’re called ball pythons, because for protection
if he was really afraid he’d completely ball and hide his head in the middle against predators. That’s where they get their name, the ball
python. They don’t get very large. Normally, between three to five, seven feet
at the longest. They are long-lived, though. They’ll live up to 40 years, so be ready to
care of this guy for a long time. They’re carnivorous. They’re constrictors. A guy this size will eat mice and rats. You start them off when they’re younger with
pinkies. The way that you can figure out how much to
feed these guys is measure the girth of the largest part of their body and their bait
should never be larger than that. That’s a good way of gauging. They require a terrarium that has a heat gradient
from the low 90’s to the low-to-mid 80’s. They require a little bit more humidity than
some of our other snakes. Their humidity should be in the 70 to 80%. They’re a shy snake and it’s very important
that they have a proper hiding area. Now you can create a hide box with a regular
cardboard box, a pot for a plant, and it should be just big enough that it surrounds this
little fellow, makes him comfortable. You can have a hole in the top or the side
that they can crawl in. And also it’s very important that they have
an area that they can bathe in, so having a basin with water, the water should be just
deep enough to cover the snake. This helps with them going to the bathroom. It helps with their digestive system. It’ll help with them shedding and it also
will help keep the terrarium humid. There’s a few interesting things about ball

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76 thoughts on “How to Take Care of a Ball Python | Pet Snakes

  1. great vid…but i wouldnt recommend having the humidity @ 80% it will cause scale rot especially if you are using aspen bedding also when their feces and uritates will grow bacteria very rapidly…if living in a dry area of the world maybe this is ok but only during a shed cycle other then that this is very informative for the new breeder/owner

  2. I personally wouldn't have the humidity that high either, would keep it maybe between 55 – 65%, maybe bumping it up nearer 75 – 80% during shed. But then again, every snake is different and it's really a bit of trial and error on the part of the owner. Having the temp gradient is much more important, but both temp and humidity can be played with for at least a week or so before any problems would arise, and generally in that time you can notice if your snake is happy or unhappy with that environment by the way it moves, feeds and where it spends most of it's time

  3. male generley grow to three feet and females to 5 but the largest record ball pythone was 6ft im not hating at all u did great

  4. A lot of this information was incorrect, and you're so fat, please no one listen to this guy your ball python will most likely end up dead.

  5. Most of this information is incorrect, Howcast did not properly research this. For more trusted, correct information go watch GoHerping.

  6. you have a lot of not right information it is very bad and can cause very bad to the ball pythons I hate you and I know that's a strong word and I know God says to love your enemies but come on why are you giving this false information


  8. search "how NOT to care for a ball python"by GoHerping he features all the falls info and tells you the truth.

  9. This dude is a paid actor reading a script that was written by somebody who doesn't know ball pythons at all.

  10. He forgot to mention that logs can be one of the best hide spots because when they are shedding they can rub off their old skin on the bark.

  11. The majority of this is incorrect and by following it you could possibly make your snake ill. I reccomend watching GoHerping for clear info

  12. No way this guy is a credible vet. He seems like he is ball parking it. Avoid his advice. As stated before in this comment section, check out BHB reptiles on you tube. Bryan has a love for these pythons and plenty of more accurate knowledge.

  13. Most of this information is incorrect. A ball pythons humidity should be 50-60% daily and when the ball python is in a shed cycle it should be 65-75% but never in the 80’s go watch GoHerping for some real information that’s actually correct.

  14. If you would like to know how to take care of such an amazing animal and how howcast was incorrect watch this

  15. Wrongs
    * A typical adult female ball pythons average 4 feet long, and adult male ball pythons average 2.5 feet long. It's rare to see specimens that are longer than these and it's based on their genetics and except that some lines are bred to be larger but I as I have said, they're rare, not a typical ball python that you can buy on a pet store.
    * Ball python don't usually bask, but a temperature of 88 to 96 degrees Fahrenheit is perfect for the "sunlight" temperature and a shady temperature of 78 to 80 degrees.
    * Ball pythons live in the dry grasslands and savannas of central Sub-Saharan Africa which means the environment is dry, instead use a humidity box that serves as a termite mound or burrow, in which, the snake can use and help with the shedding issue.

  16. I have a ball python and the person that I got from they said that when you feed them there should be a big lump in them is that true

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