Ball Python Care Sheet

Ball Python Snake

About Ball Pythons

Named because of the way they coil up into a tight ball when they feel threatened. Fairly docile and easily handled, they can become stressed so make sure they have a safe haven to hide.

Sleep Pattern: Nocturnal

Max Size: 3-5 Feet, 1 foot per year for the first 3 years.

Life Span: 20-30 Years

Habitat Requirements for a Ball Python

10-20 gallon tank then 30 gallon for adults. They enjoy plenty of places for climbing, and a dark hiding spot. Water dish needs to be large enough for them to soak in. They are escape artists! Keep a tight screen lid weighted down.


Shredded bark, reptile liner, or carpet.


80-85˚F during the day, 75˚F at night and basking 90˚F.

Diet for a Ball Python

Juveniles eat mice every 5-7 days. Adults eat small rats every 10 -14 days. It is common for them to fast for up to 2 months. Do have them vet checked to be certain they are not ill or losing weight when fasting. Feed dead mice or rats. This will reduce the risk of injury to your snake.


Change water daily.

Special Notes on Ball Pythons

Do not use heat rocks in their homes; they can burn themselves easily. Completely clean their home each month. When shedding, the snake’s vision is poor. So use additional caution around your snake at these times. They will be a bit uncomfortable and prefer to be left alone. Do use a mister at this time to help with the shedding process.

NOTICE: *As with any pet, it is important that you find a veterinarian that practices in the certified care for your animal. This guide is general in nature and should not be used to diagnose your pet.

Join Our Newsletter!