Animal Stories - Ball Python

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The handsome, sweet tempered Ball Python is one of the most favored and adored pet snakes!
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andrea - 2013-09-04
Alright I have had my ball python for about 6 months now, she has shed 5 of those months. She is a pretty good size for her age, her name is Wormy. I found out she was a little female. I also just recently got a baby red tail boa, I must say I like the ball python better but the rosie will grow on me I guess.

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  • Lindsay Sexton - 2017-12-12
    Awww Wormy sounds very cute. I must say, Ball Pythons are my favorite snake as well,they are the most tame of all snakes. But, Boas are really cool too. I've never owned one,but when I was a 5 or 6 year old girl,I got to pet a Boa while on a trip to Dallas. I was too small to hold a full grown boa at that age,but I sure wanted to hold it. The guy holding it, was very surprised that a young girl like myself would love snakes so much. I owned my first ball python when I was 13 it was a male,his name was Bernie. Now I'm 24,and I just got me a ball python again. my mom made me get rid of Bernie because she is a party pooper and hates snakes.But, this time I got a female,and named her Pixie.
Lenny - 2008-04-29
I have a young ball python named Patch. Ball pythons are chubby snakes; short and fat and generally quite slow when moving, so they are not likely to scare someone who is afraid of snakes. They are incredibly strong creatures with over 77% of their entire bodies consisting of pure muscle, so they will squeeze very tightly and effortlessly to anything supporting them. Ball pythons often scare their new owners when they refuse to eat for months at a time. This is simply because they are sensitive creatures and they become shy and reclusive when introduced to a new situation. It may take your python a full year to become accustomed to your home, and so he will be quite reluctant to eat. Very seldom will a reptile eat when shedding, so you can speed up the shed by warm baths every couple of days until the snake finally gets rid of his skin. It is always better to feed several small prey items rather than one large one. I suggest offering a live pinky mouse every to every other day. If the snake eats it, he eats it. If not, it can wait a day or two. This is the best way for a snake to eat, as it does wonders for their digestive tract. Studies show that snakes fed this way can top fifty years or more, and even in some cases, outlive their owners! A larger snake can be fed a larger mouse, or more pinkies. Breeding colonies of mice is a great way to get hundreds of mice for under ten dollars, and to keep them for years to come. Ball pythons are extremely sensitive to drastic temperature change, and they can slowly freeze to death even at room temperature! Remember, your body makes heat on its own, but snakes need their environment to make heat for them. This is what "cold-blooded" really means. Have you ever noticed your snake crawling towards appliances, heaters, warm food, or even towards you? They can "see" warm places, and they like to be near them to regulate body temperature. A cold snake will quickly wander to the warmest place it sees to keep itself alive. That's why it's a good idea to turn on a small heater and put a towel next to it whenever your snake gets loose. You can check the towel every couple of hours to see if your buddy is sleeping underneath it. If you let a mouse crawl on the towel, your snake will also be attracted to the tasty smell.

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Lenny V. Lisbeck
Heavenly Hollow Herps
Leech Lake Area, MN

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  • Dezirae - 2010-10-03
    Hi, I have a baby ball python named Chico. He is a little over two months. I do handle him a lot and I found out that that does cause a refusal to eat with ball pythons. I usually take him with me when I go places. Is that unhealthy for him?
    The first time I fed him a fuzzy, he ate it. My local pet store did not have any live fuzzies so I had to buy a frozen one. I thawed it out and gave it to him but he will not eat it.
    Also, I feel like it's time for him to shed, but he isn't. I am worried his tank is not humid enough. Help?
  • Anonymous - 2014-06-03
    I have an under 6 months baby ball python named rex he loves everyone.
  • Alissa - 2014-07-15
    Hey does it know how to coil?
  • Lindsay Sexton - 2017-12-12
    Hi. My name is Lindsay,and I'm a 24 year old girl who LOVES ball pythons and all snakes! I had my first ball python when I was 13, his name was Bernie and he was three feet long. He was very sweet,but my mom made me give him away because she hates snakes (sadly). But,then this year I made up my mind that i wanted to have my favorite animal as a pet again! Even though I still live at my parents house,I decided to get a snake no matter what my mom said about it. And I got me a captive bred spider ball python ,a two year old female. Do you think she will get any bigger? She is maybe two and a half feet long. Her name is Pixie.
ladyIsa - 2016-03-03
Question about a Ball-Python? If a Full grown Python enters a home and wraps its self around a young child's head and around the ear area you find blood like if the snake bit the child what type of behavior is going on with that snake ? and is it common for a Python snake to have this sort of behavior?

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  • Scalez - 2016-03-04
    UUUhhh, thats an oddly specific question. How would the snake just "enter" a home, does it have a key? also pythons aren't really active predators, they dont go out and look for food usually they wait for it to come to them. The behavior youre describing is probably hunting and is normal. There you go nothing to worry about ,the snakes fine, the baby however most likely had a slow agonizing death by suffocation, being unable to breath the baby could not scream.
Sandy Scott - 2015-03-27
Hi all. Just a question, if I may. My son has a baby ball python and I 'babysat'him for about 3 months. Fell in LOVE with that critter. For the last month or more, I tended to talk to him a lot! He would respond by looking at me or just moving at the sound of my voice. My question. My son said today they don't like vibrations. He still responded. Is that true? Is it bad to talk to the snake? Does it upset him?

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  • Scarlett - 2015-06-28
    Honestly, they don't like big vibrations. Talking to the BP won't hurt it any. I talk to mine all the time and it doesn't affect him in the least. Have fun. :) BP's are fun.
  • Owen - 2015-07-17
    No, you're not going to kill your snake by talking to it. Your son is also a moron in thinking that snakes don't like vibrations. They rest their head on the floor to feel the vibrations intentionally.
abdulla azmi - 2015-02-24
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  • Denise Begg ( Banshee ) - 2015-03-04
    My grandson brought 2 pythons home from his landscaping job, they are only about a year old, 1 male , 1 female , if your interested in seeing them let me know.
  • mian manan - 2015-03-10
    i heve 3 spider and same scorpion jet black plz contect me
mel - 2013-04-23
I have owned 'China Girl' for @ 12 years. I recently relocated to the High Desert and am looking for other HAPPY snake owners in this area. I have a hard time finding feeder mice without paying a fortune at the pet stores. Don't care to raise the little boogers myself. I love my 5 ft 'little girl', she's absolutely beautiful, and quite the conversation starter. Anybody out there who might be able to help me out? Happy snake owner in Victorville CA.

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  • ieshia - 2014-09-09
    I want it but I live in georgia
Heather - 2014-07-15
Our ball python Jafar has never been aggressive until recently. Recently he has become increasingly aggressive. We have noticed that he seems to be tracking our movements more often and had decided to feed him more frequently but smaller rats. (He was eating a jumbo about every four to six weeks and now is eating a medium rat about every other week) He actually struck my husband's hand (didn't coil and immediately released) during a feeding session. This is something unusual for him. I was wondering if there is any illness or condition that might render Jafar more aggressive and if anyone has any tips or advice. We love our snake but are becoming afraid to take him out. Thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    He could be trying to shed. Also cage aggression can develop because he sees you as his food source. When feeding, a Ball Python can exhibit aggression, and even after eating they can still be aggressive because they are still in the feeding mode. They do need to be held regularly to establish and maintain a good behavior. However one suggestion I read is to give him a few undisturbed days to 'get over it'. But before doing that, you should take him out and check him all over for any type of damage, and check the humidity and temperature levels of the enclosure. You may find the culprit being a cut or sore on his body, or an environmental change that's making him uncomfortable.
Sandra - 2014-06-20
My 13 month old ball python's belly has begun to look concave with the sides curling in towards the center of the underbelly. Also she is stargazing and her last shed was difficult. We also noticed that her last bowel movement was extremely smelly. What does all this indicate about her health, and what should we do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    It sounds like he may be emaciated. It could be from underfeeding or he may have a parasite (worms). I recommend you take him to be checked out by a vet.
Sandra - 2014-06-20
Our 13 month old ball python, Sue Ellen, has been very healthy. However, this month she had a hard time shedding (mostly from the head area) and I realize that she needs more humidity. Now I notice that her underbelly is getting concave at times, and edges curl in towards the center. She always eats well and seems otherwise healthy. What does this mean? Is it an indication of something that is wrong? She also had a bowel movement this week that smelled very rank, which has never happened before. She also seems to stare into space a lot more than she used to, instead of going into her hide where it is warm or crawling around. I took some photos and a short video, so perhaps you know if there is someone I could send it to who can tell if this is something wrong.

Jacqueline - 2014-04-20
I recently took in a friends ball python they could no longer take care of, she said he hadn't eaten in 3 months so the day I got him I went to a reptile store. They gave me a feeder mouse but a few days passed and he refused to eat, it's been almost a month he has not shed or eaten. He hardly comes out of his rock so I checked on him, pulled him out and noticed his eyes are cloudy, what is this, what can I do?

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  • Callum - 2014-06-20
    Cloudy eyes normally indicate that the snake is coming into shed. Caution should be taken when handling snakes in shed because it's vision is minimal and this can cause stress and anxiety. In some cases cloudy eyes can be a sign of ill or abnormal health.