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Would It Be Wise for a Person with NO Python Experience to Buy a 4 Yr. Old?

Discussion in 'Ball Pythons' started by Geo7809, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. Geo7809

    Geo7809 Elite Member

    Re: Would It Be Wise for a Person with NO Python Experience to Buy a 4 Yr.

    should i start him on live or f/t?
     
  2. hennisntacanibal

    hennisntacanibal Elite Member

    Re: Would It Be Wise for a Person with NO Python Experience to Buy a 4 Yr.

    It is always better to feed f/t because when the snake gets bigger it will need bigger prey, and adult mice can do some serious damage to a snake. Only feed live food if you can't get him to eat f/t OR fresh killed.
     
  3. jeepguy

    jeepguy Elite Member

    Re: Would It Be Wise for a Person with NO Python Experience to Buy a 4 Yr.

    I try to get them switched to F/T rats as soon as they will take them. It helps when they are bigger because rats grow larger than mice. Don't get frustrated on what you want them to eat and they won't. Some balls are very picky.
    Gary
     
  4. Geo7809

    Geo7809 Elite Member

    Re: Would It Be Wise for a Person with NO Python Experience to Buy a 4 Yr.

    im off to go pick up his hides and substrates. aspen or repti bark?
     
  5. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    Re: Would It Be Wise for a Person with NO Python Experience to Buy a 4 Yr.

    Snakes can be picky, but most can be swayed to eating dead prey items. It might take some creative convincing, and some time.

    If you can get him started on F/T right away, great, if not, be sure to try a few things out.

    I got lucky when I bred my BP - the hatchling took it's very first meal F/T, no questions asked, I was surprised. Not all will be that easy, we also have one that took 3 years to convince. In most cases, it can be done, with a little experimentation.

    By feeding F/T you eliminate the following:

    Potential for an injury to the snake during feeding

    Transmission of parasites to your snake

    Odor of live rodents

    Feeding/maintaining live rodents if snake does not eat

    Suffering on behalf of rodent
     
  6. Geo7809

    Geo7809 Elite Member

    Re: Would It Be Wise for a Person with NO Python Experience to Buy a 4 Yr.

    Ok i have his home started, 1 hide (no more in stock), repti bark, 100w heat lamp, UTH, tree to hang out on. Need one more hide some more plants and a water dish. I seen 2 ball pythons and petco and was dying to get one but i decided to wait. Is it common for bp's to have those little reddish dots above their mouth?
     

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  7. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Re: Would It Be Wise for a Person with NO Python Experience to Buy a 4 Yr.

    If you are talking about the little openings, yes. Those are heat sensors
     
  8. Geo7809

    Geo7809 Elite Member

    Re: Would It Be Wise for a Person with NO Python Experience to Buy a 4 Yr.

    Yes that's what I was refering to. Cool thanks!
     
  9. EaZyBaKe0vEn

    EaZyBaKe0vEn Elite Member

    Re: Would It Be Wise for a Person with NO Python Experience to Buy a 4 Yr.

    Hey Geo, you should really try and take a trip over to the Chicago Reptile House in Orland Park sometime. It's an awesome pet shop with tones of supplies for your new snake and other pets. just google the snake and the address and site should pop right up. LOL I go there at least 3 times a month well worth the trip from the city all the way there :)
     
  10. Geo7809

    Geo7809 Elite Member

    Re: Would It Be Wise for a Person with NO Python Experience to Buy a 4 Yr.

    Cool thanks im gonna check it out for sure!
     

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