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Ball Pythons

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blake jeznach

on 19 November 2013

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Transcript of Ball Pythons

The World Of Balls

Food
Ball Pythons eat pre-killed frozen/ thawed out mice from the time they are a baby, till they are full grown. The only inconsistency is in the size of the rodent. These range from $0.25-$2 AT MOST. Live mice could potentially harm the snake. This causes confusion with feeding, causing the snake to have bad temperament and confusing the hand with pain. Thats why live mice dont work. They feed typically once a week...
History
Ball Pythons, Python regius (also know as Royal Python) are a relatively small and docile specie of snake, which are native to Western and West-Central Africa. They are called 'Ball Pythons' because, when frightened, they coil around their head and into a ball. Ball pythons are in the same scientific family as other Boas and Pythons, as such they are constrictors. The term constrictor refers to their method of subduing food by coiling around the intended item, a small mammal, and suffocating it.
The ball python is quite simply the most popular pet python in the world. Ball pythons are generally a bit shy, but they make for ideal captives because they are of a small size, are generally friendly, and are easy to care for. A ball python may initially see you as a threat and it must learn who you are. The goal is to establish trust between you and the snake. These snakes will simply bite you less than Perseus and Mera. Avoid putting a snake’s cage in a heavy traffic area, excessive movement, and other pets should be avoided.
Ball Pythons
History
Temperament
Housing
Food
Care

The average hatchling is about 16-18 inches long, and adults can pretty easily reach 36-48 inches. In captivity they can live up to about 50 years, but 20-30 years is probably more likely. Unfortunately due to the pressures of habitat fragmentation and destruction, as well as commercial collecting for the pet trade, skin trade, and the killing for food, Ball Pythons in the wild do not live as long.
Temperment
Housing
Snakes live in lockable
tanks, reassuring that it
will never escape. They
make little mess (poop
once a week, pee twice a
week), making for an easy
cleanup that does not build
up. All they need is water to
bathe, and a heat source to
stay warm. All of this is
sold at a local pet store. This
will stay in my room to keep
it away from high traffic areas.
Therefore you will never have
to see it.
Snakes are very misunderstood creatures, and are not harmful. We are harmful to them. They are extremely beautiful to look at and very fun to handle. They are extremely inexpensive and don't accuire much attention. If given the opportunity I feel you would fall in love with these reptiles. Like you said "I like blood, guts, and gore," so you will never have to feed my snake (considering it is dead mice). You would never even know it was there.
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