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General Information: Ball pythons are primarily terrestrial snakes that inhabit open forests or savanna grasslands with low tree density & scattered rock outcroppings. They are not found in closed forests. They are known to colonize grasslands that are the result of heavy clearing & farming, and there are reports of people setting fire to grasslands as a method of collecting these animals.

Size: Hatchlings range from ten inch for runts to 17 inch. Adults range from 3 to 5 feet. There are reports of individuals in the wild reaching more than six feet in length.

Growth rate: Ball pythons that are captive raised from hatchlings will grow to more than three feet in length within three years. Some balls will be sexually mature by 18 months of age. More typically, captive raised animals are sexually mature by 21/2 years depending upon their dietary regimen & maintenance conditions.

Life: ball pythons are among the longest-lived of snakes. It would be reasonable to expect lifespan of 20 to 30 years with captive raised ball pythons. The longest lived ball on record is held by a specimen purchased as a young adult male by renowned herpetologist Roger Conan, which resided in the Philadelphia Zoo from April 26, 1945 to October 7, 1992 more than 47 years.

Food: well they will eat mice, & other small rodents. It is best to feed mice. But do not leave the live mouse in the tank unwatched because the mouse can hart the snake. Or kill it.

Breeding: Ball pythons can be reproduced successfully in captivity with considerable predictability. Many hobbyists have successfully bred their captive pythons, although these breeding have seldom received much notice. To date, the most prominent success in breeding this species has been with albino balls. Numerous python keepers are now working with these animals & their endeavors to establish a strain of albino ball pythons in herpetoculture have resulted in three generations of ball pythons in captivity. Well make sure you have a male  & female. Try the day with an 82-86F at night can go to 75F....... Usually 20 days after ovulation, a female ball python begins a shed cycle. During this period of time many females will continue to eat; others will cease feeding after ovulation. Eggs are laid between 24 & 34 days after shedding their skin. But some times gravid females will not eat.

Reproductive Effort: A clutch of ball python eggs commonly represents a significant percentage of the female's weight, ranging from 16.6 to 64.9 percent. Their average ratio in 18 clutches was 46.7 percent. 

Sexing: well the best way is to do probing but a vet is better at doing that. But well the male will have a thicker tail than the female. & If you do know how to prob than in a female it will go at least to 3 scales, in a male it will go at least up to 6,7 or 8 scales.

          most of this information came from a book called The BALL PYTHON manual But some came from me.

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this ball python eating pic was took by Jerry Wei .

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