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    Ok...I spoke with my mom, and my sister...and we convinced my mom into letting me get a snake for Christmas...I've been reading up on it, and some people say Ball Pythons are good beginners snakes...and I love them! I've asked around and some people have told me what to get for a terrarium.

    I was thinking about a 30 gallon long with a long branch that goes from the top of one side, to the bottom of the other side. On the left side would be a timed heat lamp and a heat mat at the bottom. On the right side would be a "cave" and water source. For substrate, I was going to use that astro-turf stuff...wondering if this was ok.

    Please help guys...if I need anything else for it tell me please!
    Oh yea..I'm gunna have a thermo and humid measure thing..you know the things that stick on the side of the tank...thanks...Please tell me if I need anything else for the snake.



    Oh..do any of you breed Ball Pythons, or know who does? I don't want to get a wild one.
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    ball pythons are a good beginner python, but to me and many other herpes, the best beginner snake is a corn snake, a memeber of the colubrid snakes. But ball pythons are easy too, expect for one main thing....

    1st off, lets go into the caging requirements:

    a 30 gallon will be fine for a relativly average sized adult snake. A substarte of aspen shaving is best (NEVER CEDAR). Aspen destributes heat well and dries up fecal matter quickly. Your heating sounds ok, but i have found that just an undertank heater is good enough for a ball python, but the added spot light will simulate a basking spot for your snake. A hide area in both the warm and cool side is best, but having one in just one side is ok, but it may be hard after a meal if it wants a nice place to thermoregulate. Go with one hide ara on each side if possible. THe branch is good, but ball pythons are more of a ground dwelling snake, but a branch may cause some climbing, so thats good. A water bowl is a must, especially one large enough for it to soak in.

    Feeding is the one problem with ball pythons. If you get a nice Captive Bred one, it should be feeding on mice without problems. Try to go away from wild caught or non-feeding individuals, even if they are cheaper. THey dont usually eat well and may "starve" for weeks, or even months.

    The best place for a information on ball pythons is kingsnake.com

    Good luck-Zach



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    bally pthons are easy and addorable , i have one my self named regius . i think your your doing is ok already , a tip is they like to take a bath in some warm water so provide a large water dish but its nto very nescesarry . most ball pythons found in stores are captive bred , the wild ones that are imported are more harder to care for and are picky and stuborn .

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    Ok...so I have a 30 gallon long tank, two hide areas, one in the warm and one cold...a branch up towards the basking light, a heatwarmer, a large water supply(should I put this in the cool area?),and....cedar? what is that? i don't think i get that around here in florida....I was going with that astro stuff...because when it went to he bathroom i could switch it out with another piece....

    Another question...what does it feed on when it is a baby? I wanted to get a hatchling. Crickets I guess? I'm gunna go out and buy this stuff tonight...

    Could anyone tell me the average price of a 30 gallon long tank? Also, does anyone have any babies they want to sell? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    cedar shavings... if you go to a pet store, look at the hampsters for sale. see that stuff that kinda looks like huge pencil shavings? those are cedar shavings. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] Every pet store carries them. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    EDIT: NEVER use cedar! Get aspen... cedar killed my gopher snake!




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    go with the astro turf if it is eaier and already availabailable to you . baby ball python feed on baby mice called pinkies that are really small , do not catch your own food , buy froma stroe where the anaimals are cleaner with not dieseases or parasites . you'll be lucky if you could get a hatcling and even luckier if you can afford a hatching as the younger they get the more expensive in some cases . you may need to reconsider and elatn more about snakes before you even think crickets are part of there diet . i can't tell you the average price as every place and type of tank has its own pricing and also no selling on the forums , whether its plants or anaimals ,if you do then i adivise you to use the pm system rather then start a buisness .

    spec ,as ceph has already entioned , cedar shavings are a big no no for reptiles , as it is toxic and the oils and fumes from the shavings can be harmful and the snake can choke on them at some point , aspen shavings are much better but i prefer to use orchid orchid bark , astro turf , or newspaper ( ever hated somebody that is a celebrity and there pic id in the enwspaper , muahahaha , put the pic where your anaiml likes to crap , take that george bush [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] and osama bin ladin )

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    CEDAR Is A DANGEROUS substarte for herptiles. It contains a harmful oil that can irraitate reptiles (safe for mammals though).

    Astro-Turf is ok, but aspen shaving will allow for burrowing, etc. THe astro turf will work, though.

    Feeding: Babies should be large enough already to eat mouse fuzzies. Fuzzies is a herp term meaning baby mice with fur but without their eyes opened. If possible, feed pre-killed or frozen-thawed mice. It will be easier to feed the snake that in the long run.

    A large water bowl provides needed humidty without saturating the cage with too much dampnesss. An excessive amount of moisture will cause respitory problems with herps. A lager water bowl will allow for the snake to soak, which usually helps pass feces and helps with shedding.

    CRICKETS!? Lol [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img] , im sorry but pythons eat bigger prey [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

    An average price for a 30 gallon tank can be quite expensive at chain petstores (petco, etc.) they run about $50.00 there.

    Good luck-Zach
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    oops, I'm sorry, i accidentaly said cedar, i meant aspen [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]

    NEVER USE CEDAR, IT KILLED MY SNAKE! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

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