Acquired: Pet store
Posted Sep 23, 2014
My youngest daughter loves snakes. So when she asked for one we decided that the Ball Python would be the best beginner snake for her.
Ball Pythons can strike (bite), but they don't have fangs. We made a home out of a 20 gallon fish tank with a mesh lid for her baby Ball Python. It needs a place to curl up and sleep, so we got a rock and put some wood branches and a water bowl. We also got a heating pad and two heat lamps (one for day and one for night). Each day we spray down his home to keep the humidity up. We didn't realize we needed to do this in the beginning and he seemed to always be shedding his skin. After we started spraying down his home, the shedding has decreased significantly.
We always remove him from his home and put him in a feeding container when we feed him. We feed him dead mice once a week. It is fascinating to watch a snake eat.
He isn't as active during the day, but is pretty active at night. So far, he has not struck out at any of us, although he gets much more irritable when he is shedding his skin and when it gets close to feeding time.
Also, there was a hole in the screen covering his home and he escaped one night. It's a little nerve-wracking searching for a snake! :-) We finally found him after hours of searching curled up under a suitcase. Actually, I should say our cat found him for us by sitting next to the suitcase pawing at it and meowing.
I think that the Ball Python is an excellent choice for a beginner.