Animal Stories - Ball Python

Animal-World Information about: Ball Python

The handsome, sweet tempered Ball Python is one of the most favored and adored pet snakes!
Latest Animal Stories
Krista - 2011-04-01
I have a 9 year old ball python named Lucifer (LU for short) and he is 4ft. long and in great health. I also have a 3 month old one named Bubbles he opens his mouth a lot and I was reading about respitory illness in this breed. Is there any way to tell if he has an illness? He loves to be held and played with as does Lu. Any suggestions would be wonderful!!!!

Click For Replies (2)
  • derek - 2011-09-20
    Hey if you slowly push up on its under belly all the way to it head if white nasty stuff comes out take it to the vet also check for mouth or if you have any more qestions e-mail me and do you know any breeders intrested. I'm trying to breed my boy but I dont have a female.
    hit me up
Jaimie - 2009-06-16
Me and my girlfriend just got a ball python about three days ago. I grew up with one so it was my choice of pet. I haven't handled a snake in about 4 years though so I've become a little nervous but not much. Just about an hour ago I was holding it(don't know the sex) and the bottom half of it kinda rolled on its back so it flipped its body around at a kinda fast motion and it scared me, so I tossed her off my lap onto the floor. I instantly picked her up and put her on the bed. I feel so so so bad. :( I'm not that scared of her so I don't know why I did it. I'm just trying to handle it as much as possible so we get used to each other.

Click For Replies (1)
  • weldon rhoades - 2011-08-17
    Your poor lil guy got frightened and was balling up. Hence the name. Perfectly normal of the snake to do this. If you think you've harmed him then leave him alone w/o handling for about a week. He should be fine. Don't ever feed a hurt snake. The mouse may try eatting the snake..
steve - 2011-04-30
I'm just getting into snakes kind of I have four so far, thanks for all the info.

Click For Replies (1)
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-02
    Enjoy and have fun. That's what we can all do day by day. Or try and do day by day. Right?
stewart hawes - 2011-02-03
I hav a royal python and she hasn't eaten for 5 weeks now I can't get her 2 eat what should I do?

Click For Replies (1)
  • steve - 2011-04-30
    Don't know if your question was answered yet but ball pythons to not eating as much or sometimes completely I know my boa stopped for like 3 months and just started again, so continue to try your snake will be fine they can be picky hope I was some help.
Kasmira - 2010-11-07
My python, Akaesha, is 4months old and my first snake...I love her and she has only refused one meal because she was shedding. She is a great snake and allows me to handle her before and after eating too, and anytime I wish really. Usually after eating she'll just crawl to me and I'll put her somewhere warm. I'm just wondering it normal for them to pee, poo, and shed in their water dish? I mean she has 2 of them on either side of her tank and it's not like I'm complaining of the self-potty training, it makes for easy clean up. I just want to know if its expected behaviour. Also, if I want to have her and a male as a breeding pair, how long should I wait before I introduce her to her life long companion? Should he be older or younger and by how much? I appreciate any helpful responses. Thanks everyone :)

Click For Replies (3)
  • Lynn - 2010-11-09
    Yeah actually Ball Python's prefer to defecate in their water bowls!
  • Kitty - 2010-11-18
    I have a ball python that is about a year old. I have only had cleo for about a month. The pet store does not know if it is female or male. Someone said possibly female. Cleo is a little more than 12 inches long. I feed it about 3 fuzzies a week, but it seems to want more. If you can give me any comments, i would appreciate it. I love her and she loves to crawl around on my laptop when it is on. Should i try to feed her 4 fuzzies a week or keep it to 3? Thanks. . .
  • Anonymous - 2010-11-28
    I don't know about the breeding thing, but I have a 3 year old ball python and he has always "relieved" himself in his water bowl. Just make sure and clean it as soon as you see it. I hope this helped :)
Reilly - 2010-11-24
The python stories are really wonderful to read...Pythons need to be handled with a lot of care...The information on your site was really useful and just the right information.

Angela - 2010-07-04
I got a beautiful ball our 5 yo daughter named No Feet last week, about 1 1/2 weeks ago actually. Snake appears healthy, but the place where I got her told me they had been feeding frozen pinkies. I bought a box and have offered them to it twice but both times, "she" has appeared to be a reluctant eater and by the time she is interested in them, they are no longer warm. How can I keep them warm since she is slow as molasses? Or is there a better alternative? i know she is captive bred so would her instincts kick in if I gave her live? I've never fed frozen before and always had snakes who were live fed. Any info would be appreciated.

Click For Replies (1)
  • kevin holmes - 2010-11-23
    When you defrost frozen mice there's really no way to re warm the food but I had the same problem with my python, so I started feeding him live mice and never had a problem since. So try live because most snakes prefer live.
matt d - 2010-09-27
Hi we have a baby boy ball python, two actually. Mine is perfectly fine, healthy, active, and curious, our other snake seems quite skiddish, flips upside down a lot when exploring my hands, and seems to have a very hard time climbing up and gaining orientation if I hold him by the tip of the tail. Just wondering if this is something I should worry about, please help. -new snake owners -matt

Click For Replies (1)
  • michael mccoy - 2010-10-10
    Not to scare you, but a trip to a qualified herp vet is probably in order. IBD or inclusion body disease is a viral affliction of boas and pythons. The disease is characterized by propensity for regurgitation, mouth rot bloating and lack of body coordination. Not to say your snake has that, but it might be worth it for you to be on the safe side and take him in. It's also highly contagious.
Carlos - 2010-10-03
I have a question that I keep getting different answers on, so I'm open to any suggestions. I have a 9 year old ball python named Angel, and I recently bought a baby python not to long ago. I've been asking around to see if it'd b a bad idea to put them together or not, because she could easily hurt the younger python. My question is it ok to put them in the same tank together or take them out together? Or is it to soon to put the the baby python with the adult?

Click For Replies (1)
  • michael mccoy - 2010-10-10
    Most snake keepers will tell you its a very bad idea. Although rare, cannibalism in ball pythons has happened. If you're going to house two ball pythons together it is best to make sure they're of equal size. On the other end, I'm sure its been done before without issue so really what it comes down to, are you willing to lose one or possibly both snakes? We currently house two adult males together. We also feed them in separate containers.
Anonymous - 2009-11-21
Damien is my ball python. He is 4 feet long and I love him to bits. The weird thing is how he likes to help me vacuum my house, LOL. As far as feeding issues, he eats like a porker. Very happy guy, a great addition to my family :) ~KRISTEN

Click For Replies (1)
  • stephen - 2010-10-04
    I'm surprised with you, be very intelligent coz a beast is always a beast, especially snakes.