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You want to be sure and get a healthy ball python when you choose one. If the python has indications of salmonella then that indicates that it has not been in a clean environment. Be sure there are no apparent wounds on the outside of the ball, and be sure it is shedding in
a healthy way. When they shed the outer skin turns blue.

Ball pythons are known for respiratory infections. Large portions of reptiles carry the salmonella bacteria in their
intestines and it does not hurt them, however, in humans it can cause stomach cramps much like having the flu.

When you feed your ball be sure to feed him mice, rats, and gerbils. Sometimes the ball will be choosy about what color of mice he eats. He may usually eat white and one day want only black. The ball has about 200 teeth, all needle sharp and pointing towards the throat.

To handle your ball just pick him up and he will wrap himself around your arms. They are not good to take into public as some people are very afraid of snakes. On the other hand snakes can make very good pets for children.

Snakes require less work and they are gorgeous, and interesting to watch. Many times exotic pets can spark an interest in the natural world.

The ball python should be kept in a 20-29 gallon tank or aquarium, and is native to the rain forest of Central Africa. They are the smallest python member only growing to be 4-5 feet in length.You must have some essentials for the little fellow like a special light, a water dish so he can drink and soak himself, a hiding place for him, and some heat for him, like maybe some heat strips for the bottom of his little home. He should also have some branches to climb on since he loves to climb.

The ball python got it’s name from it’s habit of curling up into a ball and tucking it’s head in the middle when frightened.