Acquired: Wild caught / rehabilitation animal,
Online breeder / seller,
Bred animal myself,
Rescue / shelter organization
Spring Valley, Ohio, United States
Posted Aug 19, 2009
I personally believe Ball Pythons are fantastic snakes, and work for almost anyone looking to get a snake. They are docile, don't get very big, hardy, and they are readily available in the pet trade. I've kept over 40 of these snakes with 10 or so years experience. I still have my first Ball Python, who is about that old.
One thing these snakes are notorious for is being finicky eaters. While this is the case with some snakes I'm sure, in my personal experience and observation Ball Python problems come from some flaw in their husbandry. Pet stores don't provide proper information and sadly, new owners rarely do any research.
I've owned Ball pythons from all walks of life, including wild caught imports. All of them have fed for me. I will say that some have gone on hunger strikes, which is completely normal. I don't count these as a problem unless the animal loses weight, which has never happened to me. I will say that they don't switch to frozen/thawed prey as easily as other snakes, and this can be a major problem for some people. I own 15 ball pythons right now and all of them but 2 eat frozen/thawed prey.
Their care is about as easy as it gets when it comes to snakes. Anyone can meet the requirements of a ball python, novice or seasoned veteran alike.
They are easy to find for sale all over the internet, at pet stores (I don't promote buying here) and local expos and breeders. You can find normal babies for as low as $20 at some expos.
They get a very manageable size of only 3-5 ft average, with the largest specimens reaching 6 ft (rare). Even a child can manage handling a ball python with ease due to their placid nature.