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!
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Eddie Budd - 2010-08-10
I have 2 royal pythons that have been together since they were babies about 18mths is it safe to separate them they are both males?

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-08-15
    Reptiles usually don't bond or have the same emotional connections to other members of their family like many mammals do. It is safe to separate them.
Lynn - 2010-03-16
The scales on the top/end part of the tail of my ball python has turned a redish color almost over night. Its not crusty of nasty looking, the scales still look healthy too. Any ideas?

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-03-16
    Has your snake shed recently? The scales are the brightest and most colorful right after they shed. On rare occasions they will have challenges shedding the tip of the tail skin. When it does fall off it may bleed a little and then scab over. Perhaps your snake had a similar thing, but leaving the skin reddish in color.
  • keynhatay - 2010-04-27
    That's crazy.
  • Dylan - 2010-07-09
    Sounds like scale rot, not serious but check the belly of it if it has any sort of pink tint it is definitely scale rot, if it likes to stay in the water do not mist the tank or try taking the water dish out for a night or two.
tomika - 2010-03-01
?how can you tell if it is a boy or girl? Please tell me how can I find out.

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  • Dave B - 2010-03-16
    Ball Python sexing is relatively easy. All pythons and boas have anal spurs. The spurs are a claw-like structure located about 2" - 3" from the tip of the tail. Male ball pythons have longer spurs than females. There is a theory that the spurs are evolutionary remnants of hind legs! Male pythons also tend to have smaller heads than females.
  • Dustin Turner - 2010-04-21
    Sexing is best done by somebody with experience. With that said there are two common ways to determine the sex of your ball python.

    #1 - Probing: Probing is done with an appropriately sized stainless steel rod with a rounded end. You first sterilize the rod. Then you lubricate the rod with preferably KY Jelly, or Vaseline. Then you insert the rod SLOWLY into the vent of the snake gently pushing the rod toward the tail until you feel resistance. DO NOT push the rod past this point! Now with your thumbnail mark how deep the rod went into the vent before resistance was felt. Now slowly pull the rod out keeping the spot marked on the rod, and lay it on the snakes tail to compare it to the amount of scales down the tail. If the length inserted is equal to no more that 2 to 4 scales ( typically 3 ) then the ball python is female. If it is more ( typically 7 or 8 ) then it is a male. Now you must remember to remove any lube that may be left on the snake.

    The second method is popping which is to manually force the snake to show their hemipenes. This method is easy to perform if done properly, but is easiest to learn if taught in person by somebody with experience.
Devin Christmas - 2009-10-07
That picture is awesome.

Megan - 2009-04-28
I haven't read the previous comments but my boyfriends friend's california king snake got out n went down the drain in the tub, couldn't find him so he figured it died. Well a year later he found her out in the yard just chillin. Also my boyfriends ball python got out twice after we moved into our apartment. First time we found him behind the dryer and the other time he was under the window seat. Your best chances of catching the little guy even like they say in the book, put things that get warm around your house in a few different places to help draw the snake out n just check up from time to time. As long as your house is secure and you don't have animals that will bother it like a cat or dog your chances of finding it should stay pretty good. My boyfriend also had a snake that got out in his old house and lived under the carpet for over a year n just caught mice most likely. -Megan

crystal - 2009-03-28
My 7ft 3yr old burmese Python Nagini, ate a towel(not a beach towel), will she die? Cause I can't afford surgery it's $2400.00! Please someone tell me what I should do??

The Progen - 2009-01-30
Whether you find your snake or not depends A LOT on luck. I've had snakes escape before. My reticulated was found sleeping INSIDE my shoe once. A few times in the gap between the door and wall of various rooms. Carpet python under the sink anchored to the outgoing pipe. As for my ball python, I had actually given up on finding him but one day as I was preparing for a shower, I opened the cover of the drainage hole to flush in some hair on the bathroom floor and there's where I found him. Mind you, he was already a fairly fat snake at about 24+" then so it was one place I didn't expect to see him. Also, he'd gotten there through a pipe joining the bathroom to the toilet and had obviously gone in from the toilet end. Good luck!

jero - 2009-01-21
Check underneath your bed or underneath stuff where it would be warm and tight, they like to have something on their backs so they feel safe... and for future reference, get a locking top tank or at least put something on top that is too heavy for it to lift.

chris - 2008-11-22
Josie please e-mail me and I will be glad to help you ... First and foremost all snake owners must understand how important it is to be responsible when you own an exotic animal. Lost snakes being found by those who are less than crazy about reptiles can lead to bad publicity and more pressure to ban ownership of exotics. Snakes must be kept in an enclosure that has some kind of locking mechanism. Beyond bad publicity a loose ball python can be injured or killed very quickly ... dogs, cats, and environment can quickly end a ball's life. I'd suggest you hunt in the room you kept your ball in and find think of any place that is warm or secretive (i.e. heat vents, piles of laundry, in between matresses!) When I was much younger my first ball got out and I found her underneath my pillow ... as I woke up! Good luck...

Josie Foster - 2008-11-21
I have a 1 year old ball pyhton..and she likes to get out of her cage and hide somewhere in my house. I had it where she would only be in my room but a couple of days ago she got out again and I am not able to find her. Is there any way to find out where she might be? I need any advice...and help!