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Ball Python Care Cheat Sheet by

Useful tips for the care of a ball python
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Temper­ature and Humidity

Ambient Temper­ature
80-85°F
Basking Temper­ature
88-93°F
Humidity
50-60%

Frozen­/Thawed Food

When storing frozen­/thawed food, keep it in the freezer.
When defros­ting, do not use the microwave. Instead, put the mouse/rat in a ziplock bag and keep it submerged in warm water until it is ready. The heat is necessary for the snake to believe the mouse is real and alive.
Make sure the mouse or rat is fully defrosted! If the core is still frozen, it can hurt the snake's insides.
 

Food

Ball Python Weight (g)
Prey Item
Days between Meals
Hatchl­ing-150
Rat Pinky
5-7
150-400
Rat Pup
5-7
400-600
Weanling Rat
5-7
600-1200
Small Rat
7
1200-1800
Medium Rat
7
The snake's meal should never be wider than the snake's girth.
 

Hides

Hides should be closed all around except for one entrance in order to minimize stress to the snake.
There should be a hide on both sides of the cage. It is HIGHLY RECOMM­ENDED that both hides are identical in every way, but it may be fine if they are both the same size.
The hide's entrance should be slightly larger than the thickest part of the snake's body.

Tank Size

Ball Python Weight (g)
Tank Size (gal)
150-500
10-20
500-1200
20-30
1200+
30

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