The Ball Python: Python regius, is one of the most popular reptile pets in the world today.  The Ball Python is a very calm and easy to care for snake.  They are fairly mild- tempered to be in the Python family.   Most Ball Pythons on the market nowadays are captive bred, for the reasons of hostility, better breeding chances, and a healthier snake.  I would recommend the Ball Python to those looking into a new pet.


The Ball Python: Python regius, will average out at about 4-6 feet, and 4-6 inches in diameter at the thickest part on it's body.  The head is narrow and oval-like, set distinctivly out from the neck.  There are four heat-receptor pits set on the upper jaw.  The actual tail is relatively short.

The colors of the Ball Python's ground colors are mainly a light golden brown to a creamy white broken by two unusually formed, deep brown lines (longitudinal) joined by crossbands.

Ball Pyhtons are cold-blooded and, therefore, they must rely on their environment for body warmth.  They generally prefer to stay in climates setting in the mid-80's during the day and low-70's at night.

Being carnivorous, the Ball Python will take prey according to the size of the snake.   After eating it will not eat again for a week or two, according to the size and number consumed.

Shedding is a normal process that on goes for life, once every 1-2 months.  Shedding is simply a way for the python to grow.  Before shedding, the snake's eyes turn a milky blue color (5-6 days before shedding).

Being a Ball Python owner has many good aspects.  For additional infomation, questions or comments, you can e-mail me by going down and clicking on "Reptile Dude" at the bottom of this page.

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