In part one of this series, we started with the foundation of ball python care. In part two, we branched out into identifying and solving some of the most common husbandry issues. Now, we dive into the biggest set of issues with ball pythons: feeding. This is where even experienced owners will inevitably get frustrated. Ball pythons are notorious for being picky eaters and losing their appetite for long periods of time. I’ve worked through a wide range of feeding issues with my own ball pythons, and my experiences have helped me build quite an arsenal of tips and tricks.
We’ve already gone over the ball python basics, and then some, in part one of my ball python care series. Now let’s explore a few of the problems many ball python owners experience with basic husbandry, what causes these problems, and how to fix them. Some aspects of ball python husbandry can be a bit of a challenge, even for experienced snake owners, since there are many variables that can come into play.
Ball pythons are one of the most popular snakes in the pet trade. Looking at the wide variety of morphs, docile temperament, and a nice mid-range size, it’s easy to see why ball pythons are so appealing to many first time snake owners. Unfortunately, these snakes aren’t always beginner-friendly. Ball pythons can be easily stressed, sensitive to imperfect husbandry, and they often have some feeding quirks that can be challenging even for experienced owners. With an average lifespan of 25-35 years, even 40+ years being possible, this pet is a big long-term commitment. If you’re considering a ball python for your new reptilian pet, you can set up yourself (and your snake) for success by familiarizing yourself with the basics of ball python husbandry, common husbandry problems, and common feeding problems. In this longer-than-average care sheet, we’ll explore the basics and flesh out some of the details.