adult python

We really need to stop telling people to ignore when ball pythons go off feed

Someone has an underweight snake that has not been eating consistently and the replies they are getting are “its okay because ball pythons do that”

HEALTHY ADULT ball pythons can miss meals, but a snake that is in a 70 degree tank with a hot side that fluctuates from 80-90 degrees should not be told that its a normal thing. It’s not and 90% of the “off feed” issues i deal with are due to people having incorrect husbandry.

Please, if your animal is not eating CHECK YOUR HUSBANDRY.

This has been a PSA.

Home of a ball python

This is the enclosure of my adult ball python Rufus. Meet the MONSTER.

L 360 cm  /  W 60 cm  /  H 60 cm. 

Let´s have a closer look (from left to right).

My ball python is interacting with everything you have seen. I´ve often watched him climb or/and slither around at night. Daytime is for sleeping.

MONSTER was built within 1 year. I´ve had a hard time doing the setup right. Keeping heat and humidity at a proper level turned out to be really difficult. At the end of 2016 I had to deactivate the lamp and install a heat cable instead, ´cause the temperatures were way too low. The heat cable covers 2/3 of the vivs bottom and is still working. Humidity is kept between 55 % and 60 % with the help of real plants and some misting.

I´m calling this viv MONSTER, but I really, really love it :).

tips for breaking a ball python fast

This is regarding established adult ball pythons after quadruple checking that your husbandry parameter basics like heat, humidity, etc are correct. Also these are just things that have worked for me personally.

-A total cage cleaning including new substrate. 

-Trying a different rodent supplier.

-Trying a different color of feeder

-Trying a different size of feeder. Just one step smaller or one step larger than you usually offer.

-Trying to scent your feeder. For me it was rubbing a f/t m.ouse on my f/t 

In my opinion scenting should be one of your later options because of how annoying ball pythons can be about deciding they only want a certain kind of food.

I am looking to rehome a small adult unsexed normal ball python as a pet– preferably as close to me (capital region NY) as possible, but I am also willing to ship when summertime comes if they’re too far for me to drive. 

PM me for inquiries please– people with reptile experience ONLY. 

I also have Vigil’s cage door open next to me for the past 30 minutes to see if she’ll come out on her own, and she’s just staying in her corner forever. so sad. please come see me my dear brown poo friend.

nicknames for vigil:

pile of rocks
poo friend

anonymous asked:

I've been asked to give a reptile show to a local elementary school. I don't want to scare them with something potentially spooky (a Retic for example), but I want to give well rounded diversity. I've been thinking of a Greek tortoise, ball python (adult male), Leopard Gecko, Blue Tongued Skink, Corn snake (adolescent female) and a black and white Tegu for the finale (full grown chub muffin). I have full access to other reptile species like carpets, rainbow, Russian tort, crestie- advice?

Oh heck i hope I didn’t get to this to late. So, when showing animals without special permits or licenses, it is not a good idea to let the children hold the animals. When I do shows, they can use a single finger to pet the reptile, but I don’t allow them to hold them. The reason for that is because children can get a little over excited and possibly hurt or startle the animal, which might cause the animal to bite. That is a bad situation all around. Even with permits I would prefer not to let them hold them, but if you are intent on it you need to write out a waiver and have the parents sign it. Kids who have waivers signed can hold docile animals (ball pythons are the best for this type of thing tbh), kids who don’t can only pet them. Easily stressed animals should not be brought to shows. Your line up of animals sounds perfect! :) If I am not to late, feel free to ask anything else you would like to know!

speckledsnail  asked:

There's actually a colony of an estimated 200 Tegu infesting a part of Florida right now! Multiple people released their pets and they began to breed, and I want to know, will a Tegu in the wild eat someone's pets? Like, from what I've heard they haven't been friendly, but do my neighbors need to bring their cat inside now?

Yeah, Kaiju’s actually one of them! (Well, she’s not now. Now she lives in an apartment and expects her food to be hand-delivered.) She’s from the Homestead colony. But! That wasn’t your question!

Your question was “will a wild ‘gu eat someone’s pets,” and the answer is no. Tegus aren’t like snakes. An adult Burmese python could eat someone’s pet- they can eat prey larger than their head, after all- but tegus don’t have the jaws that sling forward and the expando-chin. Most fully grown tegus struggle consuming fully-grown r.ats;  your average housecat’s going to be way too big for them. Adult also aren’t exactly apex hunters. They’ll eat things they come across in the wild, of course- but they’re much better scavengers than they are hunters. The prey they actually take is usually insects, mollusks, small injured things, rodents- you get the gist, yeah? Nothing as big and as talented at defending itself as a cat. They’ll wreak absolute havoc on wildlife, especially bird populations- but not because they can catch a bird, but because they LOVE eggs. And frogs. Lordy do they love frogs- that makes up the bulk of their diet in some wild populations. 

Now, a tegu might fight with your cat or dog, but they’re not going to eat them. An adult tegu can do a LOT of damage when it feels threatened and could seriously hurt or kill a smaller dog or a cat, but they don’t really pose much of a threat to domesticated animals. (Except for chickens. Tegus are notorious for raiding chicken nests, so much so that many chicken farmers in their native areas stopped keeping chickens and switched to farming tegus because the lizards were such a pain in the neck.)

Hope that answers your question!

Just a quick PSA regarding keeping giant snakes in captivity

Setting aside the issues of proper housing and enrichment, let’s talk about another (often overlooked) aspect of keeping giants, in light of something that showed up on my facebook feed this morning.
They can seriously injure or even kill you.

I don’t care how careful you are.
I don’t care how experienced you are.
I don’t care how well you know your animal.

Do not forget that these are apex predators, and can be extremely dangerous. Is it likely that this will happen to you if you’re smart about keeping and handling them? Probably not. But if you are not ready to face the possibility of a bite like this, do not get a giant. This is not like most pet snake bites, where you just have to be ok with the physical pain of the bite. Not only is there potential for lasting nerve or muscle damage, but a bite from a giant has a good chance of sending you to the emergency room, so you’re in for some financial pain as well. Is your insurance going to cover “arm ripped open by a fifteen foot snake”? Probably not.

Do not get a giant to be cool. Do not get a giant to look more experienced. Only get a giant if you are fully prepared to deal with both its housing, and the possibility of something like this.

Pictures of a bite from an adult Scrub Python below the cut. If you aren’t ok with blood and gore, I don’t recommend opening the rest of the post. I also don’t recommend getting a giant, because it’s going to be far less pleasant when it’s your own arm instead of someone else’s.

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

alright so, recently a friend gave me a 20 gallon tank, 30x12.5x12.5 (granted i'm horrible at math and may have measured wrong). It seems pretty big and I was wondering do you think a ball python, axolotl, or a blue tongued skink could fit in it and be happy? I was also thinking of setting it vertical and maybe housing a crested gecko or two. If none of those animals would be happy in a setup like that do you have any suggestions?

I have no clue on the BTS or the axolotl, but it would be too small to comfortable house an adult ball python. However turning it on its side would be excellent for a crestie or gargoyle gecko :D

anonymous asked:

Hey! I'm about to get a pet Ball Python and I'm trying to learn as much as possible! I've probably watched every video on YouTube about it and have read a lot of blogs. But I'm scared that I still don't know enough and so if you have made any posts or know good tips/info. videos PLEASE send them my way! Thank you so much and have a good day~

Sounds like you’re already on the right track! Reading tons of information and asking experienced keepers is the advice I always give people. It can be challenging sometimes because you will encounter different opinions on how to do things. There is more than one way to keep a ball python. 

I’ve written one thing on tumblr about tips for adult established ball pythons who are fasting. There are plenty of educated folks on here with ball python write-ups that I usually only concern myself with writing up care info about house snakes. I’m totally open to answering peoples questions about ball pythons though. If you have any specific questions feel free to send me an ask or shoot me a message!

If you haven’t yet, check out @wheremyscalesslither. Heather has taken a lot of time to write a ton of information out about temperatures and caging and a lot of the important nitty gritty stuff that often gives new snake owners trouble.

anonymous asked:

Hello, I am hoping to get a ball python in the near future, as my first snake. I have read up a lot on them and their care, but see alot of different opinions on alot of different things. I was curious if you had any advice on a slightly inexpensive (I am willing to spend some money but not break the bank), beautiful, but most importantly healthy and happy habitat.

Hello anon.  Good to see you are doing plenty of research on your first snake. :) You have probably already come across this in your research but ball pythons have a reputation for being fussy eaters and fasting for sometimes very long periods of time. Make sure you are prepared for this as it can be quite stressful for new keepers!  

As far as enclosures are concerned.. You are very right! There is a lot of different info out there and lots of different ways of doing things.. You don’t say if you are wanting to get an adult ball python or a baby one. So I’ll address both.

Adult ball python-  

As a rough guide your ball pythons enclosure should have a length + width equal to or longer than the length of your snake. So if you have a 5ft male ball python… an enclosure measuring 3ft x 2ft would be the minimum size.  What type of enclosure you use depends on whats available to you but this set up by reptiliaherps is one of my favourites.  For royal pythons I am a great fan of heat sources that also raise air temperatures- (which heat mats do not really). 

If you are getting a baby ball python- 

Putting a young snake in to its adult enclosure is possible. I talk about this more in this post .

It’s important if you try it the snake has loaadds of cover to hide in and make it feel secure. Though it would be more expensive to do this it would potentially save you money in the long run instead of buying different sized tubs and heat mats ect.  Plastic cages like the one posted above are easier to make into very stimulating and enriching environments for snakes.

For convenience most keepers prefer to grow their snakes on in tubs. This is a really good guide for setting up a tub for a young ball python by bendragon-cumbersmaug.  The thing I like about these tubs is they have provided enrichment using different textures, a substrate to burrow in and a water dish to soak in ect.  Tubs are a much cheaper than plastic cages or aquariums (though aquariums aren’t ideal for snakes without some modification)  but unless you can find really big ones they are unlikely to be able to house your animal happily forever.

That dosn’t mean they can’t make great starter homes though.

Feel free to check out some of my tubs too. On that page you’ll find some more info about the large 145L that I keep my ball python in which you may find for sale here if they are available in your country..    

Sorry if that is a bit information overload!  My main advice is to try absorb all the info you can and work out what works best for your current situation. 

Good luck and feel free to get in touch if you have any other specific questions.


I didn’t want to FORMALLY introduce her until I knew she’d settle in, buuuuuut… it’s been four meals and a shed, so: everyone, meet Piper!

She was hatched on July 4th, 2016, and she came home with me a little over a month ago. Piper enjoys f/t meals and digging burrows wherever she possibly can. I can’t wait to see her grow into a beautiful adult!


Went to the IHS reptile expo in Doncaster today! Was good to meet up with the-scale-pup

Some interesting stuff about!   Orthriophis moellendorffi

Steven Bol’s displays of garter snakes and water snakes is always great. Even a puget sound garter there this time! 

On my favourite display there was a very interesting pair of legless lizards pseudopus apodus

and I was very excited to find Rein rats ! Rhadinophis frenatum

But really this guys whole table was amazing… He had croc skinks, axanthic BTS’s, white lip pythons, leaf nose snakes, barons racers and some monitors. 

There was also a gorgeous adult Boelens python.  

I got to squeel gleefully at a baby eastern indigo, guy also had unicolour and black tailed cribos.  

There was also a lot of bamboo and mandarin rat snakes about, tokay geckos and the breeder I got Vince from was there with bismaraks and Madagascar tree boas. There were blue iggy’s a caiman lizard and a frilled lizard. House snakes, radiated rat snakes…many thinggs  Not to mention loads of cute Boas, burms, retics and of course pretty  royals, leo’s, cresties and corn snakes. 

(And all I came home with was a tub full of cork bark and a book on reptile terrarium plants! ha)