Acquired: Online breeder / seller
By Daphne Petty
Brandon, Florida, United States
Posted Jan 02, 2019
I don't remember when we got our first ball python, I may have been 12 or so, but I remember thinking they were so interesting. Just a small little ball of snake, perfectly content to stay rolled up.
Out of the several breeds of snakes we had over the years, the ball python is the one I would recommend the most. They don't get very large and are one of the more docile breeds. They don't require an extremely large enclosure and simply require a heat source, a water bowl and potentially something to climb on. They're simply a very content animal.
Their diet is pretty easy, it mainly consists of small rats or adult mice. Some of our snakes would only eat live rats while other preferred them to be frozen and then thawed. This usually just depends on the snake
They're great with kids and though I have been bitten by other breeds, I've never been bitten by a ball python. If you're looking for a good first snake, for yourself or a child I can't recommend a ball python enough! You can't go wrong with them.