Ball Python Habitat

Interested in purchasing a ball python for sale online? Before making your purchase be sure to read our care sheet on ball python habitat so you can learn proper care.

Ball Python Caging

Ball python cages don’t need to be very decorative or elaborate. The more you put in the cage, the more you have to clean. Glass enclosures work best. The only problem with them is that the tops help humidity escape.

Juvenile ball pythons thrive in small enclosures that make them feel secure. A small snake in a big cage can become overwhelmed and stressed. Adult ball pythons require a 36-inch by 18-inch by 12-inch enclosure.  Looking for something smaller? check out our corn snake for sale section!

Spot-clean your ball python’s enclosure as necessary. Remove feces as soon as possible. Do a complete clean every 30 days by removing all substrate and completely disinfecting with a 5 percent bleach solution. Rinse the enclosure thoroughly with water, and allow it to dry completely before replacing cage accessories and your snake. The one cage accessory that is required for a happy ball python is a good hide box.

Reptile Heating & Lighting

Enclosures must have proper thermal gradients, a hotspot on one side and a cool side on the other. The basking end must be 88-96F and the cool end around 78F. Using a thermometer so you don’t have to guess is recommended.

Snakes require excess heat. This can come from heat lamps, undercage heat pads, undercage heat tapes, basking bulbs or ceramic heat emitters.

Lighting should run 12 hours on and 12 off. Continuous bright, overhead lighting is stressful to snakes, especially a nocturnal species such as the ball python. Ball pythons for sale seem to prefer humidity levels of 50 to 60 percent. Maintaining proper humidity will allow your ball python to shed properly.

Snake Substrate

Newspapers and paper towels are the cheapest and easiest substrates for ball pythons for sale near me. Cypress mulch and orchid bark are great substrates for controlling humidity. Avoid sand.

Ball Python Water

Always have fresh, clean water available for your ball python. Check the water daily. The water bowl should be cleaned and disinfected on a weekly basis.

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 caging
ball python enclosure
ball python habitat