That's really it, as far as maintenance goes. I handle my snakes about once a week, but I don't consider this maintenance time. It's more fun than anything. Feeding and cage cleaning are the two biggest maintenance tasks. This will give you an idea of what it's like to keep ball pythons as pets.
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Because of their relatively small size and docile nature, ball pythons are one of the best types of snake for beginners and intermediate keepers. Caring for a ball python is not as demanding as other snake breeds and most keepers will have little trouble providing a proper captive environment. Captive-bred hatchlings (we always recommend captive-bred pet snakes over wild-caught) are easy to handle and grow into interesting pets.
Breeding Season for the Ball Python | Pet Age
The non-venomous ball python is the smallest of all African python species. In the wild, these snakes are found throughout western and central Africa, including Ghana, the Ivory Coast and Togo. They rarely grow longer than 5 feet, with the average adult being between 3 and 4 feet long. Their size and calm temperament make them popular pet snakes. With proper care, they can live 20 to 30 years in captivity.
Ball Python Care Sheet - Reptiles Magazine
Ball pythons get their name because when threatened or confronted, the ball python rolls themselves into a tight ball, tucking their head inside their coils, and avoids the situation at every opportunity. Ball pythons are known for being the most forgiving snake for new handlers as they would usually rather do anything than actually strike at you. Ball pythons grow to a maximum size of 3-5 feet, are not anywhere near as large as many of the other constricting snakes that can be kept as pets. Ball pythons are NOT the gigantic pythons you may read about in the news. These are small pythons and as close to a harmless snake as you can buy. If you ever see a ball python that strikes wildly or otherwise acts in a mean manner, the poor ball python has not been taken care of properly and is probably starving. You should not buy a ball python like this unless you are prepared to dump $60 worth of rats into its mouth relatively quick to get it back to the normal ball python it wants to be! A vet visit or two along the way is likely as well. Don't buy it to 'save' it. You are just encouraging a seller that is mistreating his ball pythons to continue.Ball pythons can live for a long time with proper care, up to 50 years, although 20-30 years appears to be more typical. Please be prepared to provide the ball python with a home for the entirety of its life before purchasing it. Always do your homework before the purchase of any pet! There are way too many pets on craigslist already and I don't want to see one of my beautiful babies end up there unwanted. Also, ball pythons cost money to purchase, depending on the morph or color/pattern, it can be cheap to very expensive, but that's not all; The proper setup isn't drastically expensive but isn't cheap either and should be considered. See below. Then the ball python food costs money every week or two. So please don't take the purchase of a ball python lightly. If you purchase one, you need to meet all their needs, including a vet visit if necessary. There are no 'disposable' pets!