Difficulty: Beginner - Intermediate
***These care sheets assume that you understand the basics of snake care & husbandry.
If you are a new snake owner, it is recommended that you read our articles on general reptile care and then fine tune the requirements for the specific species you are interested in.
The Ball Python is native to west Sub Saharan Africa from Senegal, Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin, and Nigeria through Cameroon, Chad, and the Central African Republic to Sudan and Uganda. They are a terrestrial species and commonly seen in Grasslands, savannahs and in sparsley wooded areas typically hiding under hollowed out logs and occasionaly an abonded termite mound.
Their natural climate has an average temperature of roughly 80°F (26°C) during the day with nighttime drops as low as 61°F (16°C) during the cooler winter months. The humidity averages 50-80% throughout the year with the wet season peaking during the summer months.
This species is carnivorous and feeds on rodents. Feeding a rodent that is big around as the snake’s girth an average of once every 7 days is a good rule of thumb to use here. Monitor the snake’s weight—as your ball python reaches adulthood, you may feed less frequently to avoid obesity, particularly if your snake is getting larger food items.