Some of you may remember me from posting in General about a Mali Uromastyx that wasn't well cared for that I bought. He is doing great and seems to be living it up. He has developed a love of peas and will actually chase them across his enclosure if you drop one ( I'll have to try and get a video of it one day). Well, the reptile bug definately bit me. I was at my work's downtown office this afternoon and said "What the heck, let me run by the pet store." So i get down there and they have several ball pythons. I look around and ask to see them and start asking what size mice they are eatting etc. They have clear eyes, no sores, active, etc. Long story short, I had one wrap around my wrist and I left with a ball python. I just couldn't turn down that little snakey look that says "Hey... Take me out of here!" I have him/her in a 20 long with locking screen lid. Basking spot is hovering at 91F (digital measurement) warm side hovering at 85F and unfortunately don't have a termo yet for the cool side and only a crappy hydrometer since they were out of stock. Hides on both the warm and cool side with a large water dish for drinking and soaking. He/she is approximately 18 to 20 inches. The pet store said they were feeding pinkies still but pinkies seem awfully small to me. I'm trying to remember or find the recommended feeding sizes I have read. Going to go over the care sheet again even though I've read it over and over. Also how do you guys and gals measure your snakes body width. I know it is at the widest part of the body but do you do it by circumference or diameter?