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Given its size, docile manner and array of colors and patterns the ball python is one of the most popular pythons kept in captivity.

The Ball Python derives its name from the fact that if threatened it will roll itself into a tight defensive ball with its head and neck tucked between its coils. The snake’s coils are so tight and compact it forms the shape of a ball, they are the only python that has this adaptation.

Albino Ball Python
Albino Ball Python (Python regius)

Ball pythons do not require exceptionally large enclosures. A 36-inch by 18-inch by 12-inch enclosure will comfortably house an adult ball python. Newspaper, paper towels and cypress mulch are the most commonly used substrates. The warm side of the enclosure should be maintained at 87 - 90 F and the cool side should be 77 - 80 F. Most ball python owners provide an adequate sized hide box on both the warm and cool side of the enclosure. The humidity level in a ball python’s enclosure should not drop below 50 to 60%. A clean water bowl is a must, be sure to change your snake's water bowl every third day.

Piebald Ball Python
Piebald Ball Python (Python regius)

Like all pythons, ball pythons subdue their food by constricting the prey item which restricts the flow of blood and oxygen to the animal's vital organs. Most ball python breeders prefer to switch their ball pythons from mice to rats at a young age. Even though ball pythons have a reputation for being finicky (especially in the winter) most will accept a frozen/thawed prey item. When selecting the appropriate sized prey item for your snake, start by choosing the size that shares the same circumference as the thickest part of the snake’s body. If you are not 100% certain on what size to order, you can contact us and a RodentPro customer service representative will gladly assist you in making the correct choice.

Leucistic Ball Python
Black Eyed Leucistic Ball Python (Python regius)

To learn more about feeding frozen thawed prey items to your ball python please read Feeding Frozen/Thawed Prey Items to Snakes in Captivity.

RodentPro carries a complete line of frozen mice, frozen rats, frozen rabbits, frozen guinea pigs, frozen hamsters, frozen gerbilsfrozen chickens and frozen quail to meet your snake’s dietary requirements. Contact us today if you have questions about any of our products.