Ball Python

Ball Python

Python Regius

Care Level: Beginner

Minimum Cage Size: 36in x 18in x 12in

Cage Material Type: Plastic, PVC

Habitat: Terrestrial

Time of Activity: Nocturnal

Lighting: Not Required.

Basking Temp: 88 to 96 °F

Ambient Temp: 78 to 80 °F

Night Temp: Not below 75 °F

Male Avg. Maximum Size: 3ft

Female Avg. Maximum Size: 5ft

Avg. Lifespan Male: 30 years or more

Avg. Lifespan Female: 30 years or more

Substrate: Newspaper, Paper Towels, Cypress Mulch, Orchid Bark

Substrate Depth: 1 to 2 in

Humidity level: 50 to 60%

Diet: Carnivore

List of Food Items: Appropriately Sized Rodents

Vitamins: None

Handleability: Yes, but they must get used to you.

Special Notes:

  • - Provide a bowl of fresh, clean water.
  • - Avoid substrates containing cedar, it contains oils that can be deadly. Also avoid sand, peat bedding, and shavings.
  • - There are several ways to provide a basking spot. You can use undercage heating pads/tapes, basking bulbs, and ceramic heat emitters.
  • - You must provide a hide box.
  • - Young ball pythons do better in small enclosures. It is a good idea to have a smaller enclosure at first then move up to the adult cage from there.

Adult

Feeding Frequency: Weekly

Vitamin Frequency: None

Misting Frequency: None

Juvenile

Feeding Frequency: Every five to seven days

Vitamin Frequency: None

Misting Frequency: None

Hatchling

Feeding Frequency: Every five to seven days

Vitamin Frequency: None

Misting Frequency: None

Suggested items:

Reptile Hide Box - Medium

Reptile Hide Box - Medium

ZooMed Forest Floor Bedding, 24qt

Zoo Med Forest Floor Bedding

Exo Terra Forest Branch

Exo Terra Forest Branch

Exo Terra XL Water Dish

Exo Terra XL Water Dish

Zoo Med Reptitherm UTH - Small

Zoo Med Reptitherm - Small

Exo Terra Plastic Jungle Plant - Ficus

Exo Terra Jungle Plant Ficus

Zoo Med Habba Hut - XL

Zoo Med Habba Hut - XL

Disclaimer : The information contained in the Care Sheets and on the Reptile Information pages represent opinions gathered from research conducted on the internet and therefore is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate. It is always advisable to seek additional information or the advice of professional, certified reptile dealers or veterinarians before making a decision. It is recommended that you perform a lot of research on your own before implementing any of the ideas and care located on this site. I also recommend that you post any questions you may have on appropriate forums so that users with experience can provide further information.