Ball Python Diet

Ball Pythons make great pets. It is important that before purchasing your ball python for sale online you learn proper ball python diet. Ball python diet varies on the age and size of the animal. Smaller and younger snakes will eat large crickets, no mice until they get older. Adults will eat adult mice and rats as part as their ball python diet.

A ball python for sale can go about six months without eating, as this is typical in the wild. They can lower their metabolism’s rate which allows them to survice for a while without eating. Their body uses stored energy and conserves it.

As pets, ball pythons spend their lives feeding on rats and mice. They also will eat gerbils and other exotic breeds of mice. Some ball pythons will only eat mice, while some prefer rats. A select few enjoy both.

If your ball python for sale near me is about to shed it won’t eat until it is done getting rid of the old skin. New enclosures or too much handling can make the ball python not want to eat.

Typically a snake will easily consume prey that is as wide as the widest part of your snake. Therefore, if the middle of his body is one inch wide, he should be able to consume a large mouse that is one inch wide without any trouble. Some snakes prefer smaller prey.

An adult snake (over one year of age) will eat once every 10 to 14 days. Younger snakes should eat more often since they are still growing. They should eat at least once a week.  Looking for something smaller? check out our corn snake for sale section!

Ball Python Care Sheet

Below you will find a wealth of ball python care information provided by our biologist.  Take some time to explore some of the various ball python care sections of our website.  Learn about proper ball python keeping including:

ball python diet