Adult female ball pythons average 3 to 5 feet long, and adult male ball pythons average 2 to 3 feet in size. Ball pythons are among the best snakes to keep in captivity. Peat moss can really come in handy when considering maternal incubation. Most python eggs will not regain their full, round form again, but if water is added to the substrate, further egg collapse can be prevented. We've had ball pythons that would refuse to eat anything.
You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. When using the clump test, grab a good amount of vermiculite in your hand. Spot cleaning will allow you to keep up with any messes and require you to fully clean the cage less often. I have a ceramic hear source that maintains temp on got side at 80 and cool side is at 77. This type of thermostat constantly monitors the temperature and instructs the heater to emit only the amount of heat necessary to maintain the set temperature. This problem can easily be solved, however, by using a small fan to circulate the air around in the incubator.
They cannot see very well and may get frightened if they are picked up. Hatchling ball pythons do best in an enclosure with about 40 square inches of floor space; often, if placed in too large an enclosure, a hatchling may be insecure and fail to feed. They will sometimes refuse to each the mice and rats that are bred in captivity. Avoid using heat rocks as a heat source, as they will burn your Ball Python when he rubs against or touches them. Ball pythons can be successfully maintained on a variety of substrates, including potting soil, clean gravel, cypress bark chips, and carpet, although some greater diligence may be required to maintain proper levels of cleanliness and odor with these substrates. Is your heat tape recessed into the bottom? Now place your eggs in the incubator which hopefully is already set up and wait.
You planned for this, and you are ready for the challenge ahead, right? This is the real beginning of what I call 'the fattening'. We place the eggs in a plastic box filled with a couple inches vermiculite or perlite. But I checked the max temp it reached and it said 93. Good luck with your ball pythons. Average incubation time for maternally incubated clutches is not usually much shorter or longer than artificial clutches, so yours should hatch between 55 and 65 days. So I got a heating pad.
We had to feed those live rodents. Using artificial greenery to screen part of the branches from view will give your snake a place to curl up out of sight. This is easily recognized once it's been seen a few times, but otherwise easy to miss. If you have any questions regarding the twisted umbilicus please e-mail us and we can send you an article that we wrote on it. Temperature We recommend maintaining the temperature of the habitat at 80° to 85°F during the day, with a 90° to 94°F basking area, and at 75°F overnight.
Every 1-2 days, we remove the male from one female, and place him in with the next. This is especially so when your python has been popped into his or her cage. It is necessary to thoroughly clean the cage as well as soak the female to remove all smell of the eggs and babies, as well as clean up the goop from hatching. If the eggs partially collapse in the first few weeks, water can be added. A heated rock should feel warm when held in your hand; if the rock is a safe temperature no more than 9o degrees F , then it can be tightly held in your hand for a full minute without feeling hot.
Also, a dead, thawed out rodent does not pose any threat to a snake. We simply open the containers for air exchange once a week as we check for any dead or rotting eggs. Humidity Ball Pythons naturally live in a climate with fairly low humidity, so the humidity in their enclosure should be no more than 50% to 60%. This process will take several days. We do a mix of both. I remove the lid to look at the eggs more frequently at this time, which allows the eggs more air.
The Calender of Events I'll try to present all of this information in the order it occurs, to enable the reader to grasp the entire cycle of events. This is achieved by simply mixing the vermiculite when the eggs were placed in the box. If you want to use a separate enclosure, use a bin that you can place inside his daily aquarium after he takes the food so you don't have to handle him, then remove it once he's swallowed and has exited the box. Feeding: Ball pythons in captivity eat mice and rats. I purchased a large plastic enclosure built specifically for reptiles, and divided it in half. Test the temperature within the incubator frequently by using a hand held temperature reader and other portable thermostats. I would use these to cover the screen lids, because they can be trimmed to the exact size.
If you are still worried about contamination after purchasing cypress mulch from the pet store, soak the bag of substrate in water, spread on a baking sheet, then bake in the oven at 250 degrees for an hour or so until dry. Remember that the more you put in the cage, the more you have to on a regular basis. Please remember that these dates are not set in stone, variations in cage temperatures and other conditions may cause your results to vary. Temperatures for Ball Pythons Read three different books or articles on ball python care, and you are liable to get three different temperature ranges recommended by the authors. Also having trouble keeping the temp in the 80-90 degree range- warm side averaging 82 and the cool about 72. We purposely do not meticulously clean aspen bedding on some predetermined schedule.