Breaking the conventions of household pets is putting it mildly, snakes are a very big deviation from what people want as “pets” because, psychologically, we prefer to have pets that are cute, provide companionship and faithfulness, and/or make us feel secure. That’s why most people go for cats, dogs, birds, fish, and rodents. Snakes, however, do not check any of those boxes and for that reason, it is uncommon to find snakes as household pets. Given their rarity, it’s no surprise that there are no “snake trainers” for people to train their snakes, the reptiles don’t work that way so to speak. Furthermore, maintaining snakes falls in a completely different ballpark of pet care and that’s why you should know the basics of keeping one, using a Piebald Ball Python as a reference.
Understanding the Snake
A good starting point is understanding the snake you have just brought home. It is prudent to understand how the snake should be behaving and growing under ideal conditions and in good health. In our case, the Piebald Ball Python falls under the family of ball pythons but is uniquely identifiable by the un-pigmented patches on its body. This breed of snake will usually grow to be 4-5 feet long and will live to the age of 30 under ideal conditions and health. Like all snakes, this breed of snake is carnivorous and will only eat meat. A juvenile (or baby) ball python will grow into an adult in 3 years. Now that we know the basics of the snake that we are handling, let’s move onto how it should be housed.
Housing Your Piebald Ball Python
The size of the python would determine the size of the tank needed; wisdom would be buying a 40L tank to future-proof yourself for when the snake matures into an adult. The habitat should have a hiding spot for the snake and something that the snake can climb onto. Ensure that the habitat is maintained at temperatures between 78 – 95 degrees Fahrenheit (26-35 degrees Celsius) as snakes need a slightly warm environment to survive. Furthermore, the tank should maintain 40-60% humidity and be slightly higher for when the snake needs to shed its skin. It is extremely important to remember to only house one snake per tank as snakes can be aggressive and can hurt each other in the same space.
Feeding Your Piebald Ball Python
Juvenile Piebald Ball Pythons will need to feed once a week and adults will need to be fed once every two weeks. Furthermore, snakes should be fed in separate tanks so that they don’t associate feeding with their habitats being opened. Keep a bowl large enough for the snake to bathe in close to the snake with clean, chlorine-free, fresh water so the snake can both drink and/or soak in the water. Moving on to the snake’s diet, the python should be fed an adequately sized frozen rodent that has been thawed to above room temperature. Live rodents can also be fed to the snake but it is advised that the feeding be monitored so that the rodent doesn’t hurt the snake in its struggle.
There isn’t much else to be known about this particular breed of python. If the snake behaves in any way that you consider to be out of the norm then do not hesitate in calling a professional veterinarian. Remember those snake problems cannot really be solved properly with the tools found in an average home. Therefore, let the professionals manage when things get bad.