Ball Python, The Best Pet Reptile?

Ball Python, The Best Pet Reptile?

Welcome! I assume if you’re here it’s
because you’re considering, at least on some level, getting a ball python. And I
think that’s an excellent choice. You might have seen our video before, about
the five best pet reptiles for new keepers. If not you should check it out – it’s right there… right here. You see it? Go there! Check it out! Tell us what you
thought. Ball python: very reasonable. And today we’re gonna talk a little bit
about what makes a ball python so spectacular and why it might be the
perfect pet reptile for you. Overall we are going to give the ball python a
score of four out of five. That’s really high. That’s gonna come down to our five
categories: handleability, care, hardiness availability, and upfront costs. So the
first thing on our list is handleability. And for handleability we give
them a five out of five. There isn’t a reptile that is better to handle than a
ball python. For starters, they’re very mellow – very calm, laid-back. You can
see these guys, some of them, they’ll just sit here for for quite a while and
hanging out. Others will explore a little bit but they’re not nearly as easily
startled as a lot of other snakes. It’s very very difficult to upset them.
They’re big enough that they can handle a little bit of rough handling. Of course
you want to try to avoid this but sometimes you might have somebody (like a
child) handling a snake and this snake is big enough that if a child squeezed
it a little bit or or dropped it a little bit it probably would be okay. You
still want to avoid this if you can but they handle rough handling better than
most reptiles. Also, they’re a very moderately sized reptile. Before we
mention that they’re big enough to handle some rough handling but they’re
small enough that you can easily handle them by yourself. Some pythons and boas
can get so large that it’s really not even safe to handle them alone and
they’re so heavy you probably couldn’t even if you wanted to. This piebald (this
white snake) she is a pretty good-sized ball python. They don’t get a whole lot
bigger than this very often and she is very very manageable even with one hand.
They are very easy to deal with: not gonna bite you, not gonna strike or scare
you, or hiss at you. Generally speaking, they’re very very laid-back, very fun.
Because they have almost no legs they’re very unlikely to scratch you. Other
reptiles, especially larger lizards, might scratch you with their claws. And we’ll
talk more about this later but ball pythons do have two claws – which most
people don’t expect to see from a snake. But I’ve never been scratched by the
claws of a ball python. If you look right here though – and this always
surprises people to see. Right there and right there.
Those are claws. They’re called spurs and they’re kind of the last leftovers of
legs. So this is a snake with legs – don’t mean to ruin your day. When it comes to
care we’ve given them a score of three out of five. They can be relatively
inconsistent feeders. In general, they will eat about once a week – usually. And
sometimes you will get a snake that might not feed for weeks or even months
at a time and that can be very disconcerting for a new reptile keeper.
You probably are gonna try to feed frozen thawed rodents. That is
definitely the safest way to go because a live rodent can potentially carry
diseases but more concerning is the fact that it could potentially injure your
snake. In fact, if you ever leave them alone with the snake there’s a very good
chance that they will kill your snake or seriously seriously injure it. So you
never want to do that. Other things to be aware of our hydration and humidity. This
is particularly important when it comes time for them to shed their skin. Ball
pythons can be notorious for having incomplete sheds – where they only shed
kind of flakes of skin at a time. A snake should be shedding its skin all in
one big piece – like a sock. If it’s coming off in flakes your humidity
is too low and you need to boost that humidity. You don’t want your enclosure
to be soaked not by any means but your humidity needs to be higher than it is.
Additionally, temperature will be very important when it comes to caring for
your ball python. You need an ambient temperature of probably between 78 and 80
degrees Fahrenheit. With a basking area between 88 and 96 degrees. This is
probably best attained by using some sort of under tank heating. You may be
using something like heat tape or a heating pad. Any of these devices could
potentially malfunction and get so hot that it could burn your snake and so you
definitely want to make sure you’ve got a thermostat and good thermometers on
your enclosure so that you don’t have any problems with burning them or
keeping them too cold. Let’s talk next about hardiness. When it comes to
hardiness we give these snakes a four out of five. The easiest ways to kill a
snake would be to dehydrate it. If you didn’t provide water that was available
to these snakes for too long you could lose a snake fairly quickly much faster
than you could say from starvation. Also, if you get them very very cold or very
very hot these things could easily kill a ball python. Always, you know, if you
squish one or if you drop it off of something high – things that would kill
you would kill them. In general, they’re pretty hardy – pretty tolerant of you
learning how to take care of this snake. You know, we all make a few
mistakes here and there. A ball python won’t just keel over and die because you
made a tiny mistake one day – unless you leave it in your car and the hot sun. As
far as availability goes we give these a five out of five. Anywhere where you can
buy reptiles you can buy ball pythons. You can get them in basically any color
you want – within reason. You can see right here, a huge diversity of ball pythons.
However you want it to look (if you’re willing to pay for it) you can probably
find it. For upfront costs we give them a three out of five. You can purchase a
ball python very affordably. If it just came down to the cost of the snake
itself it would be a 5 out of a 5. But housing a ball python can be a little
bit more expensive. First, you’re gonna have to decide the way that you want to
house it. When it comes to personal preference, glass terraria isn’t what I
would use. It is the best for viewing your animal – there’s a place for that. It
is definitely going to be harder for you to keep temperatures and humidity where
they need to be in a glass terraria – specially if it has like a screen top on
it. The other thing that can be a problem with glass terraria is just that they’re
very open and snakes feel very vulnerable in the open. Like I’ve said
before: when you’re a noodle with a head the world’s a scary place. If you’re
going to use glass terraria you make sure that you have a lot of clutter in there
and places for the snake to hide. Probably an easier option but nowhere
near as good for display or for observing your snake would be some sort
of a rack system. Which is sort of like a a plastic drawer of sorts that has some
sort of a heating element underneath it. These are excellent for keeping humidity
right where it should be and temperatures right where they should be
but it’s very difficult to observe your pet. You know, other people will say
“why are you keeping your snake in a drawer” “why do you even have this if
you’re just gonna lock it away in a drawer.” So there’s a lot of personal
preference. Both of these options though are going to be somewhat expensive. Maybe
running a few hundred dollars for you to get a really good set up with thermostat
and proper heat. Not too bad, but that’s why we give them a three out of five. To
conclude with the ball python, we have given them an overall score of four out
of five. Once again, that’s one of the highest
scores we’re gonna give any reptile. They’re excellent. I love them.
It would be difficult for me to recommend one higher. As far as snakes go,
they are just spectacular. I love them. Since I’ve been sitting here with them
I’ve realized I love them more than I even realized I loved them. As always be
sure to like and subscribe and we hope to see you real soon.
Giddy-up? [Giddy-up] [Giddy-up] [Okay] Did we want to grab any, did you want to grab any b-roll? [SNAP!] I’m realizing
while they’re here ball pythons are just spectacular. Why are these creatures so great?
They’re so great. These are so great. This is an awesome snake pile. Ball pythons are cool. They’re stinking rad. If either of these two males
try to pair with her because she is
possibly ovulating. Could make for an exciting video.

Comments (100)

  1. My whole life I’ve wanted a snake but I’ve always been worried about certain things or I guess misconceptions about snakes now that I’ve been watching your videos. But after seeing this one I know a ball python is the snake for me! Thank you for having this channel and getting me the proper information I need In getting me my first reptile! Much appreciated!

  2. I really really want a snek I’m torn between a boa and a python I really want a big snake/snek but a smaller python does also look very nice especially with the various I would get a spider but I don’t support them at all

  3. I just purchased my first Ball a few days ago.. I am beyond excited.. thank you for your videos and knowledge..

  4. I have a small fat Chihuahua, if I get this snake and it escapes would it be able to kill my dog? (he's such a good boy and I've had him for 3 years and wouldn't want anything to hurt him)

  5. Is it safe to have snake together for a while ?

  6. What age would you recommend getting one?

  7. How appropriate that you're sitting in front of a snake plant

  8. Whispers this is an awesome snake pile XD

  9. I really want one but my mom says I can’t have one because there meant to be in the wild and she’s scared of them

  10. Make a video about how to convince your parents to get you a ball python

  11. I see three ball python morphs in this video:
    1 natural morph
    1 albino
    1 brown-headed piebald

  12. My humidity in my tank is at 80 and my ball python still has flakey sheds , any tips

  13. I love LUCYS like you Clint. I want to get one soon.

  14. Is it only me that can never see the ‘links’ to videos you point at? You do it all the time lol can’t just be me?

  15. How do i convince my parents ?

  16. I just love ball pythons! They are just so calm and chill when you handle them. Relaxing.

  17. ball pythons dont bask that much so you dont need a heat lamp unless you want to

  18. You hit it on the head. Best pet snake ever! I love my ball (8 years old). Love your work.

  19. I’ve been considering getting a snake for years but I’ve always been hesitant because I’m really uneducated on their diets/enclosures, things like snake mites, as well as their behavior. but honestly I think this is the snake for me. I’m gonna research more and get myself more educated before I purchase one. I think I would get a baby probably.

  20. Shoud you get them online or at at a shop?

  21. Awesome! Is there any drawback to purchasing a snake that is already a few years old?

  22. What If Your Living Place Is Kinda High Temperature

  23. My ball python does really good with kids. I had introduced her to a kindergartener and a third grader and she did perfect. They never handled a snake or touched one before and she didn't even react when they flinched or is they touched her head (I've work with her on head shyness)

  24. How can you not love them? Not much noise, no hair all over the place, feeding like once a week, chilling together on the couch. Awesome!

  25. My Ball Python does hiss. I usually just tell her to shut up and pick her us. She has never taken a bite or a strike at me; although, she was withdrawn fast at the sight of rambunxious children at somewhat startling speeds.

  26. I bought a yearling male Mojave Lemon Blast ball python at the expo today.

  27. My parents just allowed me to have a ball python yesterday! It was my dream, and its going to be my first ever reptile, im so excited! ?

  28. So I got bit because I decided to pic him up after petting chinchillas sooooo yeahhhh wash ur hands first lol

  29. Which would you recommend for a first-time snake… Corn snake or ball python?

  30. Aww www I miss all mine

  31. Can you type a reply to convince my mom to let me get one? Lol

  32. Hes so right, everytime i take my ball python out i love her that much more they are so sweet if your scared of snakes at all go handle a ball python you will instantly change your mind and fall in love with their gentle grace and beauty.


  34. What's with people calling snakes noodles seemingly recently. I just find that disturbing.

  35. I’ve decided to buy a ball python but I’m still debating in how to house them I’ve always thought of giving them I big space to move around if they like, I know they like to hide but I just feel like if i put them in a tub they will feel trapped

  36. I have can you ball python 4

  37. I have two ball pythons and im worried for when they do go off feeding. What would i do then?

  38. wow i learned a Thing today … i never thought that ball Pythons have claws thats impressive 😀

  39. Wait, is it alright to use a kinda plastic tub? The ones with click locks. Any tub in general (minus the bathing kind) actually.

  40. 0:59 wrong. Bearded dragons

  41. my ball python didn't eat for a year. he's fine now lol. didn't even lose weight lol. i wish i could do that

  42. 2:49 those arent claws those are sperm thingys right?? ? cuz my snake sometimes has it and sometimes doesn’t

  43. Good video. Have you ever considered recommending pythons of the genus Antaresia? They are a very manageable size and have great temperaments.
    A. childreni, A. maculosa, and A. stimsoni are all great snakes. I have kept and bred all three species and would recommend them to anyone.

  44. Me and my snake are Subscribed lol ??

  45. What delicious noodles!

  46. I have a few question. How much can I handle them? Can I like have them out of the cage for hours? Walk outside with them (around my neck or just carrying it) if it’s like 15° C? And if thats too cold can I just keep it inside my jacket or have a piece of fabric or something around it? Thanks in advance?

  47. Hey Clint, thank you so much for these video's! As of today, I've finally secured my first Ball Python!!! A six month old female Banana Ball python, absolutely the sweetest thing ever (per first impressions I had with her). This video (and dozens of other video's like this, as well as articles I've read online) have helped me prepare for the new pet snake. I hope to ensure that she will be happy and healthy for a long time.
    Thanks again.

  48. The white one looks and acts like dough to me

  49. In all the research I've done on ball pythons, never once have I heard that they have tiny claws near their tail.

  50. It makes me really sad that I can’t get one of these because my parents are terrified

  51. I've been considering getting a ball python for almost a year now, but I'm not sure if I could give it the care it needs so educational videos like this are a godsend for me. ?❤?

  52. For someone who wants a one snake tank, an animal plastics T8 in conjunction with a pro heat panel is excellent.

  53. Lol I literally just told my mother that I will by myself a pet snake after I've graduated at the end of this year and she was like: " That the worst choice you've made in 23 years…" 😛 Oh well Ill still buy myself a corn snake….

  54. They are beautiful! ???

  55. I'm seriously considering getting a ball python, I think they are amazing…but there are two issues I'm concerned about. First, I have an oriental shorthair cat and I wonder if there could be issues with that. Also, I'm not thrilled about the idea of keeping frozen rodents in my freezer lol.

  56. I got my very own ball python yesterday, and I'm in love with him! He's so sweet and cute. Thanks for teaching me on the journey to getting him.

  57. I already have a ball python but I’m still watching this video.

  58. Don’t mean to ruin your day

  59. I'm still trying to get my dorm manager to allow pets, or at the very least to allow me to have a pet snake. I came within inches last time, but she said that my policy wasn't feasible. It was good, but they couldn't afford to implement it. She did say that she has little doubt as to my personal ability to keep a snake responsibly. She told me I could try and rewrite the policy with some more research to show that it is feasible, but I'm considering just trying to get her to make a special exception. I did some research and exceptions to rules in a lease are perfectly legal unless they are discriminatory. All that I would need to do is get her to arrange a meeting with the lawyers. Any advice on how to do this in a professional manner? Should I take this question to to Reddit and, if so, which subreddit does it go in?

  60. Anyone know what kind of morph that darker python is? Is that a mojave?

  61. I can't wait till I graduate college and have my own place. I'm definitely gonna get one of these, or a few…

  62. I used to have one of these guys, I did feed it live mice from the pet store and he was able to eat every time. And I also had a glass enclosure with a screen top. And he was fine. He died though because we forgot to buy more lights but I was also younger and had no clue. Now I just wanna find a really cool reptile to get.

  63. We had one for over ten years it's name was "Fang" short for fang-less.. our son's really like it. someone was always walking aroung the house with Fang around their neck… Fang loved the attention …. it was fun freaking all our visitors out… side benefit we had one family member who would not visit because of Fang, we knew fang would be with us a long time when we discovered his fear of snakes ha ha

  64. Is this was autism looks like?

  65. Why have you painted your snake??

  66. You should review a florida kingsnake

  67. Do not buy one of these if its a fussy eater mine died the other day after having it for 11 years gutted

  68. I love how the first two are sooo active and the yellow one is just balled up like “come on guys let’s be professional” ???

  69. You didn't say "well hi there"! ???

  70. Omg! When he was reccomending a vid of his to watch in the beginning and pointing to the top of his screen I got a YouTube notification from simply nailogical saying, pregnancy hacks all girls can relate to. HAHAHAH

  71. I always knew reptile owners were crazy,this guy just confirms it.

  72. My son had a ball python until the end of her life…he’s an adult now, he and his friends grew up with her as one of the gang and she won over countless snake haters…he had friends who were literally afraid to come into our home they were so scared of snakes and before long they were hanging out with her too. They wore her on their heads like crowns, watched tv with her in their laps, and she was overall, the very best, quietest, cleanest, pet we ever had. She never ever even so much as acted like she would bite or be aggressive and I’m sure at times they were annoying little
    boys. She was curious and seemed to truly enjoy being with them. She has a place of honor buried beneath our Spirea bushes. Best pet ever!

  73. Clint: They are mellow, calm and are quite laid back..
    Python:I'm outta here..

  74. Do ball pythons eat other snakes?

  75. The yellow was like “ Nah im just going to stay put “.


  77. My BP is like my boa..
    Can't watch TV with her lol, always go everywhere

  78. The brown one just wants to's so curious

  79. I had an adult that didn't eat for over a year… Then I had another one that disappeared for under a year before I found him again…

  80. I have an albino ball python and he is a wonderful snake. I am planning on getting a female and eventually breeding them. The morph that I want is a pied albino. I think that they would make gorgeous babies. What morph I will get really depends on the price. If a pied albino is affordable than that is what I will get.

  81. I just bought a ball python. She’s so cute!! Her name is Medusa lol. I already had a large 20 gallon fish tank where all the fish died. I cleaned it out and emptied the water out and put a python habitat and bought one. I will have to upgrade to a 40 follow tank at some point

  82. I'd love to give a go at owning a ball python but their availability here is 0 out of 5 haha. I live in Australia so most of the reptiles (and other animals) you have are illegal here (and for good reason). Doesn't mean I don't love to see them on video though.

  83. For humidity you can just add a humidity box when you see their scales starting to get a little duller than usual. (for reference look up Snake Discovery's videos on humidity boxes)

  84. I have a ball python I LOVE HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  85. That piebald one is sassy lol

  86. I have a question! Is it okay if you put 2 ball python into one cage if it's a male and female or would you separate them?

  87. The regular color one in this video is real nice looking

  88. What a bunch of good bois!

  89. Soon to be ball python owner!! Love this channel

  90. The white one is solid, it stays stiff
    The yellow one is liquid, it droops into a puddle of snake
    The black/brown one is gas, it keeps floating away

  91. 2:59 I just had a big brain moment

  92. Watching him wrangle 3 ball pythons for an entire video is the best. Like nope, don't you go falling off that table youz

  93. Mine has a sharp tail and an accidental jab from it hurts

  94. I just pick up a ball python today
    I so happy with it

  95. Never thought a Mouse would kill a snake.

  96. I want a ball python but my mom is terrified of snakes

  97. Using this video to try to convince my mother to let me get a ball python.

  98. Nobody:

    Clint: Ball Pythons are spectacular!


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