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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-14-2009, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Ball Python Care

Hey everyone. My name is Mike and just bought a female Ball Python from Animal Jungle. I'm not sure of the age at the moment. I need some advice on caring for her. Her name is Ivory. I purchased a 10gal tank with a carpet bottom, a heat lamp with a 20w bulb, a water dish, and a little hut for her to crawl into. The lamp is on top of the mesh top and is all the way over on one side of the cage. I heard you should only have the lamp on for 12-14 hrs per day. What other advice can I have? I also know to only feed her every 7-10 days. I feed her little mice called fuzzies i believe. Any other advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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I actually would recommend a heating pad instead of a lamp. It's really difficult to maintain humidity in an aquarium to begin with--having a lamp is going to make things even worse. You could use one to supplement your heating pad if your house gets cold but I wouldn't leave one on all the time. If you want to have a light (to view her), use a flouresent bulb .

I know you don't know her age but how long is she (I'm assuming she's quite small if she's eating fuzzies)? That will help us determine what she should be eating . By the way, I would try to get her switched to frozen (or at least pre-killed) if she's eating live. It might not be a problem now but it could get very dangerous for her to eat live once she's eating adult mice and rats.

Oh, and from the sound of it you only have one hiding place? Get another one for the other side of the tank. That way she doesn't have to choose between the proper temperature and security.

My other advice would be to make sure you have a thermometer on each side of the tank and a humidity guage (low humidity is a major cause of problems in ball pythons). Also, any heating devices should be connected to a thermostat to prevent over-heating.

Good luck!


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