X-Ray of Gravid Ball Python

  Shaun had one of his gravid ball pythons x-rayed the other day. I’m not sure of the circumstance, but the photo is very nice to have. Here she is, with 6 very obvious eggs. Click the photo to pull up an enlarged version. My first inclination was that x-rays are not safe, especially to a gravid (pregnant) animal, but then again, the minimal amount amount of x-rays used in today’s x-ray setups isn’t dangerous unless you are exposed regularly … Continue reading

Ball Python Psychology – The Problem Feeder

Ball pythons are very picky eaters.  Books could be written about this subject alone. When your Ball Python has been eating regularly but stops suddenly, it can be frightening for a novice handler/owner, especially when; as mammals we eat multiple times every day, meanwhile, they can go half a year or more without showing any medical symptoms. In reality, BP’s will periodically take a break from feeding, but if it has been more than three skipped meals, there are a … Continue reading

13 Common Mistakes Made by Ball Python Owners

There are a lot of simple errors people make with their ball pythons. I hope this can help ball python owners to prevent injury and sickness in their snakes. Heating with a bulb. what’s so bad about this? Well, these snakes need belly heat, for one, and secondly, bulbs dry out the enclosure too much. Ball Pythons require 60% humidity, and up to 80% while in shed. Too high humidity can cause respiratory infection. Heat mats or heat tape should … Continue reading

My ball python is nippy. What should I do?

I get asked about nippy ball pythons regularly. Usually these are babies. Ball pythons often get nippy at this very young stage. They have recently learned to eat, and eating makes them feel good. They also see movement, and don’t know any better. There are only two reasons a ball python might be nippy. They are hungry, or they want to be left alone. With this in mind, you need to modify your own behavior. There two things you can … Continue reading

Reptile Virus Epidemic

[This was originally posted because of a local scare. It seems talk spread much faster than any bacteria or virus.. We do not know for sure if it was ever real or not, but still we must remember to always practice safe husbandry, especially when getting new animals.] This is a public service announcement from Northwest Reptiles. There is a lot of information to read through, but the health of your pet may depend on it. Please feel free to … Continue reading

Ball Pythons in Clark County Washington

Clark County Washington categorizes Ball Pythons as a Wild Animal, requiring a special Wild Animal Permit. This permit is not required per animal, but can be obtained for $100 to cover multiple animals. When receiving my permit, I also had to agree to a yearly SURPRISE inspection by animal control, which was very brief, and I recall the officer using the word “Impressed”. The application for this is available at Clark County’s Animal Control web site, on this page: Clark … Continue reading

Reptile Water Dishes

I use only ceramic crocks, because they are easy to clean, and they are heavy enough they don’t get tipped over (very often.) I’ve been using this source for some time, and thought I should share it with you. If looking for inexpensive ceramic crocks for cheap water bowls, especially if you buy in any sort of quantity. Shipping is not bad on the first bowl, but barely increases even after adding 10 additional ones, so the more you get, … Continue reading

Feeding: Live vs Frozen

Reasons to feed live food to your snake(s): The movement of the prey help stimulate the snakes natural feeding response. Don’t have to thaw out, and warm. If not eaten, just put it back in it’s cage. Tease feeding can be frustrating. Reasons to feed Frozen/Thawed food: Freezing for 6 months or more will kill all common parasites. Cannot injure snake. If not eaten can be re-frozen (up to 2 times.) Economical. Don’t have to house and care for live … Continue reading

Cleaning and Disinfecting

When cleaning up Ball Python (or any other reptile or small animal habitat) use either: 10% bleach to water solution.  DRY THOROUGHLY before re-introducing reptile. Diluted Chlorhexidine Solution spray on surfaces, wipe dry.  Animal may be introduced while still wet. We prefer the later.  It is safer for your animals, and your clothes.  We purchase a gallon of concentrate, and this will fill a few hundred spray bottles.

Ball Python Care 101

These are my recommendations.  I give this to anyone that wants their first ball python, or even if they have a few already.  A new owner, I will usually make them take it home and read it thoroughly, and come back later to buy/adopt their new pet. Things you will need: