Ball Pythons as pet snakes For Children
If your first question is "Do they really make good pets?", then we'd have to reply with "YES! Absolutely!" We've been keeping a variety of snake species for almost a decade now and, of all the ones we've had, ball pythons have been the most docile, without exception. There are, quite literally, ball pythons that will eat from your hand.
Let's get a few other things out of the way...
- You need to understand that this is a commitment. Ball pythons, like a good wine, will age really well and can easily reach 30 to 40 years in captivity. Buying one for your child, means that your kid will have a pet snake for many years to come.
- Be prepared to feed prey animals, in theirwhole form, to your new pet. They will not eat left-over stew or canned foods. This is their natural diet and there is nothing we can do to change this. You will also, more than likely, be feeding frozen/thawed prey items. Remember that they'll need to be stored somewhere and you may need to sacrifice freezer space for this. If you're uncomfortable doing this, then we'd suggest you reconsider the commitment. We're not saying this to dissuade you, but your happiness and the snake's well being are both equally important to us.
- Their enclosure needs to be escape-proof! This is not negotiable. Compared to many other first pets, ball pythons are not a cheap option, so think of this as you protecting an investment. An old fish tank with a makeshift lid, may not suffice as a suitable enclosure. Ideally, you'd like something that can retain it's ambient temperature well. Glass is not a good insulator, so a fish tank will constantly lose its heat. With ball pythons needing to stay warm, you can see how that could be a problem. Wood enclosures are best and purpose-built ones, which can easily be locked, are readily available. If you're having difficulties finding something suitable, just let us know and we'll do our best to help you get the right one.