There are very few differences between male and female ball pythons. Aside from the obvious, which is that female ball pythons can lay eggs while male ball pythons cannot, the differences that exist between male and female ball pythons are very … [Read more...] about Differences Between Male and Female Ball Pythons
How Long Do Ball Pythons Take to Shed?
There are two parts to the shedding process: the impeding shed stage, and the actual skin-shedding stage. The impeding shed stage, which is the snake's preparation period for actually shedding it's skin, will take anywhere between just under a week … [Read more...] about How Long Do Ball Pythons Take to Shed?
Snake in a Cup
Just to clarify, this snake isn't Havana, or even a ball python. This is a baby boa in a bowl. We saw her in the gift shop at the reptile zoo all curled up like this, and I thought she was too cute not to snap a picture of. … [Read more...] about Snake in a Cup
Bump in the Night
Some ball python behaviour will look incredibly peculiar to pet owners, especially to those who have not had their pet snakes for very long. Although most behaviours look harmless, there are a few that may worry, startle, or even scare, pet snake … [Read more...] about Bump in the Night
There’s Always Next Time
Havana shed on Saturday night. Unfortunately, unlike the last time she shed her skin, this time we missed the actual shed. On Saturday night I stepped into Thomas' office at about 11 PM to put some more water on the towel above Havana's … [Read more...] about There’s Always Next Time
Increasing Humidity Using a Wet Towel
My ball python's enclosure is glass with a metal wire lid that allows for plenty of ventilation. The issue with keeping a snake in an enclosure like this is that snakes, especially during shed, need high levels of humidity, and enclosures that … [Read more...] about Increasing Humidity Using a Wet Towel
Going into Shed a Second Time
Things have been fairly routine with Havana lately. Every couple of weeks, we offer her food, she refuses, then she goes back to doing her own thing for a couple of weeks, until we try again. She was fairly active until about a week ago, which is … [Read more...] about Going into Shed a Second Time
How to Choose a Ball Python
So you've decided that you're going to get a ball python but aren't quite sure which one to get. There are two ways of going about trying to determine exactly which ball python to take home with you, and although there's some middle ground, you'll … [Read more...] about How to Choose a Ball Python
Are There Visible Symptoms of Salmonella in Snakes?
Although a good number of reptiles, and pets in general, are infected with salmonella, it's actually quite near impossible to tell if your reptile has salmonella, as the visible symptoms are minuscule if they are at all noticeable. There are over … [Read more...] about Are There Visible Symptoms of Salmonella in Snakes?
A Trip to the Reptile Zoo
Thomas and I took a trip to Reptilia, a reptile zoo in Vaughn, Ontario, just yesterday. There, we saw many reptiles we hadn't seen before (even some that I hadn't known existed). Of course there were a tonne of snakes in the reptile zoo, many … [Read more...] about A Trip to the Reptile Zoo