Python Regius 'Ball Python'
The Python Regius, a.k.a. Ball Python is one of the most popular snakes in captivity. They are medium sized, have a good temperament and come in a wide variety in color what makes them a good pet. The Ball Python is found in the north west of Africa in countries like Angola, Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria and other surrounding countries. They live in a semi dry environment and are often found near termite hills and holes created by other animals.

Ball Pythons reach an adult size of 120 till 140cm but specimens of 180cm and 5000 grams are known. Python Regius - Ball PythonThey have a light brown background color and a dark/black pattern covering there entire back and draping down there sides. Python regius is known for there stunning color and pattern mutations. Some of the most popular are pastel, spider, albino, lesser platinum, ghost. I'm not even scratching the surface of all the mutations that are out there.
What is making Ball Python extra specials is that they have a very pronounced character. Yes, even snakes have a characters. Some Ball Pythons are very shy and don't like to be handled or disturbed. Others are very interested in there environment and room there cage very often.

A singe Ball Python can be kept in a vivarium of 100x50x50cm. Or can be kept in a rack system which has my preference for this species. Because they are used to live in burrows made by other animals they do very well in a rack system. I've had some Ball Pythons that were a nightmare when kept in a normal vivarium. Not eating, shedding very bad and being very shy. When placed in a rack system the animal started to eat and shed well after only a few weeks. When provided with a hot spot of 33 degrees celcius and a coll side of 23/24 degrees celcius the animals have enough opportunities to thermoregulate properly.

Breeding Python Regius is not difficult. From August till November the females give you the sign that they are preparing for the breeding system by being very agressive towards food. every time you open the cage they think they are being fed. Don't hold back with prey items during this period because the females want to build there fat reserves they can use during the breeding period. At the end of November I start introducing the males to the females. some will breed inmediately but there are also pairs that will start breeding after a month.
Python Regius - Ball PythonI do not drop my temperatures during the breeding cycle. The main temperature of my room will plumit because of the winter time and this together with the shorter day times is enough to get them started. Do not disturb your Ball Python a lot during this season so make sure you have cleaned the cages well at the beginning of the season. When being disturbed a lot a female or male can be stressed and decide to stop there mating season. By following there shedding cycle it's possible to calculate whwne a female is going to ovulate and when she is goingto lay eggs. Approximately 4 till 6 weeks after ovulation the female will start to lay 4 till 10 eggs. You can choose to let the female hatch there own eggs or you can place the eggs in an incubator. while being kept at a temprature of 31,5 till 32 degrees the eggs will hatch after 55 till 65 days.

The you ball Pythons are around 25cm long and are very shy at the beginning. After 10 days they will shed and then they can be fed with mice or small rats. This is also the time they begin to develop there character. I have had animals that stayed very docile but I also have had animals that were very docile when hatched but turned out in a little devil after a few weeks.

Photos used in this care sheet are not from my animals.