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How Do I Care for Ball Python Babies?

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Ball python babies are popular pets, although they do need special care. It is important to choose the appropriate supplies for this young pet, including the properly sized enclosure as well as a safe type of bedding. Additional things to consider are lighting, heating, and decorations that are safe for ball python babies. Unfortunately, ball python babies are notorious for being poor eaters, so it is important to take special care when feeding these snakes. Any individualized questions concerning the proper care of young ball pythons should be directed to a breeder or a veterinarian who specializes in the care of reptiles.

Choosing the right type of enclosure for ball python babies is very important. Snakes are famous for being escape artists, so a glass enclosure with a secure lid is essential. The aquarium or other type of enclosure should be large enough to allow the snake plenty of room to move around without being overwhelming to the reptile.

Snake bedding, commonly referred to as substrate, is an important consideration when caring for ball python babies. The substrate should consist of something solid, such as paper towels, newspaper, or a specially designed reptile carpet. Loose bedding, such as wood chips, can be inhaled by the ball python babies and cause severe medical problems.

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Light, heat, and safe decorations for the ball python babies should be considered carefully as well. Snakes do not require heating lamps or lights, so if a light is desired for night viewing, a dark bulb should be chosen and directed away from the snake to avoid accidental heat injuries. Special heaters designed to be placed under the snake enclosure are the best choices for keeping the baby snake warm. A thermometer should always be used to ensure that the enclosure remains at the proper temperature. When it comes to decorations, the young snake needs a place to hide that will allow the entire body to be hidden as well as a bowl of water large enough for the snake to soak as desired.

Feeding problems are common among ball python babies, so care should be taken to ensure proper nutrition. While these snakes can sometimes go several months without eating, if a young snake goes more than two months without eating, a reptile veterinarian should be consulted for individualized advice. Forced feedings are possible, but it is wise to check with a specialist before using this method in case there are health conditions that need to be addressed.

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