The 5 Best Small Pet Snakes (for Beginners)

These days there are masses of different species of snake currently available in the pet trade. This raises an interesting problem: what are really the best small pet snakes which are suitable for beginners and require minimal space in captivity? As it turns out, while some snake species are difficult to look after thanks to …

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Ball Python Handling Tips & Advice

Ball python handling

Ball pythons are well-known for their relaxed, docile attitudes. This makes them an ideal pet snake for anyone who wants to be able to handle their pet. It can also make routine tank maintenance and health checks much simpler when compared to faster or more aggressive species.  Before you reach into the cage and start …

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Ball Python Heaters & Heating

Coming from sub-Saharan Africa, ball pythons need to be kept warm in captivity. Their cage should offer a range of temperatures, with one end being cooler than the other. This gradient then allows your snake to move about and find the area that best suits them. This generally means heating one end of the cage, …

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Best Ball Python Cages & Enclosures – Types & Setup

Much has been written in the past about ball python cages, and each keeper will have their own preferences. The intention of this article is to provide a balanced guide to choosing and setting up your ball python cage, in order to keep your pet snake happy and healthy throughout its life. If there’s one …

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Best Ball Python Substrate & Bedding Options

Selecting the best bedding for ball pythons is far from easy, due to the wide range of different products available, and differing opinions on many internet forums. The purpose of this article is to discuss my own experiences with a range of different substrates, discussing the positives and the negatives of each. Hopefully, by the end, …

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Blue Eyed Lucy Ball Pythons: Complete Care Guide

Stunning Blue Eyed Lucy ball python morph.

Blue Eyed Lucy ball pythons are one of the most stunning of all the morphs in my opinion. Not surprisingly, they also tend to be some of the more expensive specimens currently available to hobbyists and breeders. The name “Blue Eyed Lucy” is quite a mouthful, so they’re sometimes simply known as “BEL pythons” or …

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Feeding Ball Pythons

When I first started to keep reptiles in the 1990’s ball pythons were still seen as something very unusual and exotic. Any mention of a “python” drew awe from other people, and with their stout, chunky bodies they really were something totally different to the corn snakes and garter snakes that were prevalent at that …

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Spider Ball Pythons: An Introduction and Care Guide

Spider ball python care and breeding guide.

Spider ball pythons are stunning snakes. As well as being attractive in their own rights they’re also the basis for a whole load of rarer and more complex morphs seen in the hobby.  At the same time, however, the “spider” ball python morph is one of the most contentious subjects in the snake-keeping hobby right …

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Banana Snakes: Banana Ball Python Morph Care Guide

The banana snake - a banana ball python with beautiful purple/pink background and banana-yellow saddles.

Banana ball pythons are one of the more popular ball python morphs. It’s not hard to see why.  In contrast to the wild-type look, banana ball pythons are very pale in color. The standard black background appears more of a pink or purple, while the typical brown markings are a beautiful yellow. This creates a …

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Ball Python Temperament: How Friendly are Ball Pythons?

What is the temperament of ball pythons?

While there are many different snakes that you can keep as a pet, one of the most popular options is the ball python. Of course, one of the most common questions relates to their temperament – specifically how friendly they are.  There’s good news – ball pythons haven’t just become popular pets because they look …

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