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    New Ball Python Owner

    Hi!
    I just became the proud owner of a ball python. Ive read a few books, but this is my first herp, so any advice or tips are appreciated!
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    Re: New Ball Python Owner

    Congratz beautiful snake
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    Re: New Ball Python Owner

    A few tips...
    Try to feed frozen/thawed or pre-killed rodents instead of live to eliminate the risk of the prey fighting back and injuring your snake. Your tank should have a warm side and a cool side with hiding places on each side. And you should use a digital thermometer for accurately measuring the temperatures in the enclosure.
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    Re: New Ball Python Owner

    Don't handle it for a week or so, let it settle in so it wont be stressed out. Got info on your enclosure so maybe we can give you some advice on its home?

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    Re: New Ball Python Owner

    hes in a 4 ft long tank, with a heat pad on one side with a hide, and a hide and water dish on the far side. i just got him, so im going out next check for a climbing stick and some greens. he came with aspen chips for substrate, but im going to replace that with repti bark probably soon.

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    Be careful the snake doesn't ingest the substrate if you change to repti-bark. And sometimes the dye on wet repti-bark leaves an orange color on the snake which shows when you put him in water. I'd stay with aspen. Personally, I use jungle bedding and feed outside the enclosure.

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    Re: New Ball Python Owner

    And a heat pad on the side really doesn't do much for warming the enclosure The purpose of the pad under the tank is to provide the snake a hot spot to warm its belly.
    What are the temperatures in the tank and how are you measuring them?
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    Look for driftwood around rivers and big water areas for inside tank. Just clean it really good. Greens you can get fake stuff from dollar store for cheap.

    You should measure with a digital thermometer with probe. They are more accurate than stick on. Walmart sells one we use for 12.00 and it also checks humidity. It's accurite digital thermometer with probe.

    If your snake won't take frozen thawed you could try prekilled. Just buy a live kill it and voila until you can switch to frozen thawed. I would leave it alone for at least a week no feed attempts no holding that way it can acclimate.

    I hate reptibark and jungle substrate. I like aspen bedding. (You can get the small animal one its cheaper and the same as the reptile stuff).
    Please do ample amount of research and have a backup account for emergency costs before purchasing any pet.

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    Re: New Ball Python Owner

    its under the tank, i shoulve said end instead of side i suppose,lol. ive got the heat side on the right and the unheated to the left.

    right now all thats in there is an analog stick on thermometer, it stays around 80 since i dont have air conditioning, but i still need to get a hygrometer.

    i have a heat lamp, but i need to get a bulb for it. any recommendations?

    i got most of this setup with the snake from the girl who owned it, i bought it from her because she was moving, so i have to addon where its lacking.

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