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BALL PYTHONS (Pty) Ltd

Selling Ball Pythons

Ball Python the perfect snake to keep as a pet its verry docile and calm by nature !

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Ball Pythons (Pty)Ltd. Established in 2018,

Here at Ball Pythons we breed Ball Pythons for wholesale to pet stores and private sales to the public.

An animal lover from day one.

If you are interested in a price please contact us for a list of available stock

hein@ballpython.co.za

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Hein
+27 829 53 9993

South Africa
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Richards Bay

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While ball pythons can make excellent pets for those unfamiliar with keeping snakes as a pet, ball pythons still require specialized care and attention.

Over the course of their life, a ball python requires a number of different sizes of enclosure in order to meet its needs as it grows; their enclosures can consist of designated reptile terrariums, plastic tubs, or aquarium tanks. Ball pythons can be adept at escaping from their enclosures, meaning that their habitat should be kept secure so as to prevent escape.

The snake's enclosure should be kept well-ventilated, and it is recommended that the snake be able to stretch out fully within its enclosure without having to bend or curl up to fit; many keepers recommend a 140 to 220 litre tank for an adult ball python.

It is also recommended that ball pythons have some form of enrichment in their enclosure, generally defined as something that allows the snake to exhibit behaviors they would naturally display in the wild, such as exploration. This can be something as simple such as fake leaves and/or a cardboard roll, or a more extensive form of enrichment, such as live plants and sculpted backgrounds that allow the snake to climb. Enrichment is considered important, as captivity generally does not provide the same level of activity or positive stimulation as a ball python's natural habitat, and so must be added in by the keeper. Enrichment is generally thought to improve a captive snake's general health and wellbeing.

In the wild, ball pythons are naturally found in tropical areas with relatively high temperatures, and as such, should be kept in a thermoregulated enclosure. Because snakes rely on their environment for thermoregulation, there should be a range of temperatures throughout the enclosure; this is best achieved with a heat mat placed underneath the enclosure, monitored with a thermostat. It is recommended that one side of the snake's enclosure stay at roughly 33°C, with the other measuring at roughly 26°C, mimicking shade and direct sunlight and allowing the snake to thermoregulate between the two.

Like most snakes, ball pythons benefit from a 'hide' or a small cave, allowing them to the ability to retreat from the 'open ground' of their enclosure; this may simply be an upturned plastic bowl with a small entryway cut into it. It is recommended that ball pythons have a 'hide' on both the hot and cool sides of the temperature gradient so that they don't have to choose between a comfortable temperature and a safe, dark place, as they are nocturnal and prefer to sleep in the day.

The humidity of a ball python's enclosure should be kept around 50-60%. This mimics the natural environment of the ball python. During shed, the humidity should be closer to 70-80% to assist the snake in shedding, allowing them to remove their skin entirely on their own.

A ball python's enclosure is usually filled with a small layer of substrate an earth like substance allowing the snake to move easily through friction with the substrate itself, and also assisting in shedding by giving the snake something to rub against to help loosen dead skin. Substrate can consist of coconut husk and mulch, though paper towels and newspapers are also used; substrate choices must be considered as the type of substrate chosen for a ball python's environment will have an effect on the humidity of the enclosure.

Bioactive enclosures imitate a natural environment and are becoming increasingly popular with ball python keepers. Bioactive enclosures rely on the inclusion of elements such as live plants, leaf litter, moss, and 'custodians' in the form of springtails and isopods such as tropical woodlice to mimic an ecosystem in the enclosure.The 'custodians' live in the substrate – typically a mixture of coconut husk and natural soil – and help to break down waste produced by the snake, including shed skin, which can help with cleanliness and upkeep.

Information about general husbandry of Ball pythons

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