If you are a new snake owner who is eager to put your hobby on the fast track, you can find a wealth of information from other hobbyists. As a newbie, you have dozens of questions. And some of the most critical ones are concerning those ball python enclosures you are dying to purchase. Selecting proper ball python cages is a significant step. This proves you are serious about your new hobby.
Ball Python Enclosures Set up
The first step is to provide your ball python with suitable enclosures. There are several different types of enclosures to choose from, and each presents different benefits.
The most important step to choosing the right type of enclosure is ensuring that it provides your python with adequate room. Most adult ball pythons will need a terrarium that provides between 3 and 6 square feet of space and 12 to 18 inches of height. Whereas, young ball pythons require only a small fraction of that space. For easy measurements, newborn to young snake needs a 20-gallon tank, whereas an adult needs at least a 40-gallon tank.
Ball Python Enclosure – Adequate Lighting and Temperatures
The next step after selecting the right enclosure for your ball python is to ensure that you provide proper temperatures and cage lighting. To find the correct temperature for your python, you may need to make adjustments to the cage heating settings. Besides the adjustments provide lighting for a ball python is easy.
It is a good idea to provide snakes with a thermal gradient, it provides them to access a range of temperatures at any given point in time. Ball pythons prefer a relatively high-temperature environment. A general guide to temperature is that in the daytime the terrarium temperature should be around 80-85°F, the basking temperature between 88-93°F, and nighttime enclosure temperature between 75-80°F.
Ball Python Care
To ensure your ball python enjoys a high quality of life, you must provide him with the proper care. This means ensuring that your python is happily fed and has a comfortable environment.
For snakes to remain healthy, it’s imperative that they have suitable humidity levels. They need a perfect amount of humidity, if too dry they have a difficult time shedding properly or if there is too much humidity they may develop a deadly skin disease. Overall, too much or too little humidity can cause fatal conditions in your ball python.
To keep an adequate level of humidity between 50%-60%, you can simply mist your snake’s habitat with room-temperature water daily or by adding more water in the water dish.
There are a variety of different bedding options you can choose for your ball python enclosures. No bedding option is ideal for every situation, to find the best fit for you and your python, compare the options available.
Some of the most common bedding used for ball python cages include:
- Terrarium Sand allow your snake to burrow into it and maintains heat well, which can make it easier to maintain the proper enclosure humidity.
- Reptile Bark maintain humidity with natural bark made from fir trees. The bark also absorbs moisture and releases it creating humidity snakes need.
When it comes to the nutrition of your ball python, it is important to know the amount of food to feed then as well as the kind of food that can be fed. In general, food items fed to the snake should be no wider than the girth of your snake. The ball python exclusively eats mice and rats throughout their lives. The amount of food fed to the snake depends on age.
- Newborn: 1 hopper mouse per week.
- Young: 1 adult mouse or rat pup per week.
- Adults: 1 appropriately sized rat or 2 adult mice per week
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