Ball pythons themselves do not give off an odour. That being said, if an owner does not upkeep their ball python's vivarium, the enclosure will certainly begin to smell bad over time. These bad smells result from either urine or feces that have not … [Read more...] about Do Ball Pythons Smell?
Ball Python Pet Care
Articles about how to properly care for a pet ball python. Topics covered include proper environmental conditions for pet pythons, feeding techniques and troubleshooting, advice on handling a ball python, photographs and facts about snake shedding, as well as details about ball python illnesses.
Are Ball Pythons Shy?
Ball pythons, unlike dogs, have never been the most outgoing, attention-seeking pets. They're typically quite docile creatures who are reserved, yet will warm up to a person with enough handling and physical attention. Both females and males have … [Read more...] about Are Ball Pythons Shy?
Havana slept for about a week straight after she shed her skin. Although this wasn't her usual behaviour, as she normally wakes up in the middle of the night, roams around in her tank a bit, then falls back asleep, Thomas and I weren't very … [Read more...] about Growth Spurt
The Escape Artist
Snakes are notorious escape artists. Now, I've heard this said many times, but I always thought it was an over-exaggeration, primarily because I'd never had any first-hand experiences with it: until last night that is. Let me say right off the bat … [Read more...] about The Escape Artist
Slithering Out of Her Skin: Photographs of a Ball Python Shedding
On Wednesday morning, after sleeping outside her hide for a week and a half, Havana finally shed her skin. She began at approximately 3:00 AM, and finished about an hour later. I was asleep, and Thomas was busy working away at his computer in his … [Read more...] about Slithering Out of Her Skin: Photographs of a Ball Python Shedding
My Pet Python’s Shoe Fetish
When we first brought Havana home, Thomas and I gave her a few days alone in her enclosure to help her adjust to her new environment. Breeders often recommend letting snakes get used to their new home for about a week before taking them out to play … [Read more...] about My Pet Python’s Shoe Fetish
Havana’s Pre-Shedding Ritual
Over the past week, Havana's been sleeping outside her hide, pressed up against the glass in the corner of her enclosure. Her skin is now duller, and her eyes have become a cloudy blue. Thomas and I have kept the humidity in her tank high so that … [Read more...] about Havana’s Pre-Shedding Ritual
On Friday night we tried to feed Havana again, but this time she refused to eat. I knew she might not want to feed because she looked close to shedding, but I still wanted to give it a try in case she would have one more meal before it was time for … [Read more...] about Eating Troubles
How Dangerous is a Snake With Salmonella?
As I stated in the previous article, it's a good idea to wash your hands after handling a snake or anything in its enclosure. This is because reptiles and amphibians are often hosts to salmonella. Washing your hands prevents you from getting infected … [Read more...] about How Dangerous is a Snake With Salmonella?
Washing Hands Before and After Snake Handling
It's a good idea to wash your hands before you hold a snake. Snakes have very poor sight in comparison to other animals, so they depend primarily on their sense of smell to tell them whether or not something is edible. If you've recently handled … [Read more...] about Washing Hands Before and After Snake Handling