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Ball Python Care Made Easy

 

By : Arron Stewart

If you take a close look at the history of pets, you will see that humans have always been dependant on companionship, which has always led to the keeping of pets. All the way back to the Egyptian empire, you can see that man ha revered animals as gods or kept them as sacred pets. In India, cows were given special foods and adornments because they were regarded as sacred. Basically, the keeping of pets is something that has been with us, as the human race, for a long time and will continue to be that way.

While the main pets used to be cats, dogs and occasionally birds, the diversity of pets is rapidly growing. You will find that people are keeping animals such as crocodiles and snakes, animals that would have never been considered pets in the past. As long as people understand the animals and know how to care for them, people find it all right. However, there is a lot to know. For example, ball python care requires a lot of understanding regarding the feeding habits of the snake. They are demanding pets, all through their life.

Since the nature of this pet is extreme, it is important to make sure that the care and keeping of the Ball python is understood before it is taken on as a pet. You have to know what you are getting into to make sure that you are making the right decision for you, your family, and your household in general. Because the origins of the Ball python are the indigenous forests and central and west Africa, they are well adapted to move in the trees and on the ground as well. It is called the ball python because it tucks into a ball when it is nervous or it feels threatened.

One reason the ball python is a favorite among many people is because it does not grow very long. This makes the ball python care simple for most people. The maximum growth for this snake is usually about 1.5m. It has anal spurs and even some small claws that indicate that these snakes actually had some tiny feet, thousands of years ago but have since evolved. The snakes with the longer spurs and the smaller heads are the males.

Typically, the ball python eats small animals, birds, and lizards. Owners may have a hard time getting a captive python to eat as they view the food you “catch” for them to be inedible. This could mean that your snake could go for extremely long periods of time without eating. Their picking eating habits mean that you want to go for one that as been breed in captivity as the ball python care will be much easier.

Since they are naturally fussy eaters, you want to purchase a captive born because it will already have good eating habits and it will have been socialized. When taken from the wild, ball pythons have been known to go up to one year without eating a thing. This makes ball python care extremely challenging. Make sure that you get a good list of ball python care requirements when you purchase the snake.

Even though there are breeders for these snakes, it seems that there are still thousands of ball pythons imported in every year. They are killed for their skin and in some countries used as a food source, even when there are many other options for food. Even though these snakes rarely give birth, their street market value remains low, which is surprising. Another reason to buy from a breeder is that wild ball pythons can be infested with parasites that are unique to them and are hard to treat. This is why it is best to get your snake from a breeder.

As you can see, taking on a ball python requires great knowledge of ball python care. In the first three years of its life along, the python can grow up to three feet long. This means that sexual maturity will be reached between the ages of three and five. Even though they do not typically live very long, the oldest on record is 48, and that was probably thanks to intensely superb ball python care.

Author Resource: Kurtis Gilespie is an avid reptile enthusiast and has kept ball pythons for 12 years. He has successfully bred and raised thousands of ball pythons and is a recognized expert in ball python care.

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Also visit:
Wikipedia Python mregius
Reptile Magazine-Ball Python Care Sheet
ExoticPets-Ball Python