This is probably the question we get asked most often. The short of it, is that we're not comfortable selling you a ball python after only three or four meals.
We believe that it's not possible to refer to a ball python as an established feeder, if it's only had a small number of meals (five or less).
By the time our babies hit the 150 gram mark, they've had a minimum of 15 appropriately sized prey items. This allows us to identify and focus on any problem
feeders, which are then retained until such time as we're comfortable and confident that it eats like it should.
If we were to offer any advice, it would be to read this post by Justin Kobylka - The Psychology of Problem Feeders – Get your Ball Python eating again.
It offers a fascinating insight into the natural behaviour of ball pythons and is something we have tried and tested. We can definitely attest to the efficacy of
the tips offered by Justin in this post. What this post also does, is highlight the necessity and the importance of keeping your ball pythons clean.
It really doesn't matter! Unless you're thinking about breeding ball pythons, there are no noticeable differences in demeanour or attitude between the sexes. Keep in mind that
male ball pythons may go on a "hunger strike" during breeding season, particularly when they're sexually mature (around 500-600 grams). This can be unnerving for first-time
owners, but rest assured, it will pass.
They CAN bite, but most of the time they choose not to and no, they're not venomous. A paper cut probably hurts more than a ball python bite.
If you'd like to see which ball pythons are available, please take a look at our Ball Pythons For Sale page.
The best way to determine the gender of your ball python, is to have it probed or sexed by a veterinarian or by an experienced member of your local reptile club.
As we (A&M Ball Pythons) are situated in the Western Cape, we are governed by and have to comply with the regulations set forth by Cape Nature. Every ball
python sold, must and will be sold with the mandatory transport permit from Cape Nature. Please do not ask us to sell you a ball python
without a permit, as this will lead to a refusal and your possible disappointment.
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