ball python

should i get one, eats once a week shits once a week seems like a good deal to me also they apperently pretty friendly aslong as you socialise them properly

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  1. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    I think you should go for it. Do your research first. Make sure your enclosure meets requirements before you get your bp. Don’t handle the snake while it sheds or feeds. If you have a screen top, try to cover it with a towel to trap in humidity and heat. If you are getting a baby the enclosure really should not be that big. Try not to stress out the snake. I own a rabbit and I still make it work so you should be fine.

  2. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    I've always wanted one but I also love dogs. At the moment renting room from family and no reptiles while also chilling with family dog. Been agonizing with myself over whether to get one of these or a dog when I get my own place (have the money but don't know where my next job will be yet so staying here to save money).

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      >snake stays safe in enclosure
      >dog presumably has no desire to smash the enclosure like a roided ape
      >Keep dog out of room when handling snek
      I fail to see the problem with owning both

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      >snake stays safe in enclosure
      >dog presumably has no desire to smash the enclosure like a roided ape
      >Keep dog out of room when handling snek
      I fail to see the problem with owning both

      Yeah I don't know why you couldn't have both, lots of people do. I have a cat which is probably significantly more interested in murder than your dog would be and I just don't have the snake out with her in the same room. Though my neighbor's chihuahua was eaten by an escaped boa when I was a kid lmao, so maybe don't get a very big snake with a very small dog and fail utterly at securing the enclosure.

  3. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    IME
    >ball python
    a joy to handle, just don't spook it
    >corn snake
    resists being picked up but once it's done explores your hands without trying to escape. then poops
    >milk snake
    FRICK FRICK FRICK PUT ME DOWN NO GODDAMNIT *MUSKS IMMEDIATELY*

  4. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Gonna hijack this thread to ask what the most "friendly" snakes are
    I know reptiles don't really show affection the same as mammals (if at all), but I do know some like ball pythons and hognoses are known for being particularly docile and will let you handle them and just chill with you
    Meanwhile others you need to be on high alert with even if they're thoroughly used to you.
    Are there any that will outright seek affection or otherwise desire being handled, as opposed to simply tolerating it particularly well?

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      Apperntly boa constrictor is pretty friendly if you want a big snake

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      The frenliest snakes I've encountered are ball pythons, burmese pythons (big derps compared to retics who are smarter and hungrier) boa constrictor imperator, children's and spotted pythons, African house snakes and garter snakes. Allegedly garter snakes musk on everyone, but this has never happened in my lifetime of picking up wild ones to move them out of high traffic areas, even as a dumb child they have never shat on me.

  5. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    I use coco coir at about 50% humidity most of the time. During shed I spray the whole enclosure up to 70%. Skin comes off just fine.

  6. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    They are good but please, for the love of god, do your research before buying one. By the time you're about to buy one you should have its enclosure set up and you should be able to answer questions about its care as if you were on an exam. I don't want to see more pictures of snakes living in an aquarium with wood shavings as substrate and a singular waterbowl to decorate the space.

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      What's wrong with using aspen and a humidity box?

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        aspen is
        1) a dessicant, which isn't appropriate for a BP's humidity needs
        2) prone to molding when it gets wet, which combined with a humidity-loving snake is bad news
        3) dusty as frick, which is just annoying
        any of the other more moist substrates (coir, coco bark, cypress, a combination thereof) alongside a humid hide would be better.

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          Thanks for the info. I figured a humidity box would provide the humidity needs for the ball but perhaps not. Maybe this is why my snake is so inconsistent with eating.

  7. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    They are considered “boring” in the snake keeping world and they are a poor display animal as they prefer to hide most of the time. Very sweet little personalities, slow and not food aggressive, don’t get too large to handle easily, I really like them myself.

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      sounds good to me they live for a long time so i think its a good thing if they are quite chill,

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      Varies by individual. My bp is very active at night, much more than my colubrids.

  8. 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    Yes they're amazing. Easily my favorite among my several reptiles

    • 1 year ago
      Anonymous

      what sized terrarium do you reccomend

      • 1 year ago
        Anonymous

        40gal. Make sure the top locks/clips

        • 1 year ago
          Anonymous

          is 40 really enough or should i go for70?

          • 1 year ago
            Anonymous

            Adam Wickens says 120 but c'mon. Your ballie is unlikely to ever surpass 4ft
            >muh 6ft female
            is a meme. The sex difference is like 3'7" vs. 3'9"

            A 75 would be ample. Warm hide should be like 92F on the glass. Have a cool hide. Maybe a weak lamp or CHE to bring the warm side air up to 80-85F. Room temp cool end. 60% humidity. Have climbing branches, use the vertical space. Godspeed!

            • 1 year ago
              Anonymous

              aight ty have a 70gal att my parents which has been un used for about 12 years (we had a hamsters in it dont ask why so large) so i think i will be using that one. if i somehow get a mythical sixer ill just have to get a bigger one how important is humidity if lets say it drops to like 55-50 will the snake suffer imensly?

              • 1 year ago
                Anonymous

                No. Honestly that would fine as long as you bring it up when the snake's eyes turn blue (shedding)

              • 1 year ago
                Anonymous

                i see some people i have heard talking about having their snake shedd in a luke varm bath
                but ty for the info i understand ball pythons can have little bit of shedding problems so all tips are welcome 🙂

              • 1 year ago
                Anonymous

                More humid is more better (seriously, burrows in the wild were measured at 95-98% relative) just dont keep their substrate WET or else they'll get the snake equivalent of trenchfoot.
                Look up lori torrini on youtube. Bit of an autist but she's got the best ball pyhton enclosure, handling, and behavior information you're going to find.

              • 1 year ago
                Anonymous

                yes seems like it would be a good idea to take a look

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