New Ball Python Owner

New Ball Python Owner

Postby komodoking » Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:16 pm

Good day all. :smt006

I finally got my first ball python on Saturday. :D :smt007

But I have a question for u guys. :?:

I would like to find out from the experience keepers here on the forum, do u guys keep the heatpads on @ all times in your ball python's cage ? or do u use a light bulb as a heat source ? I currently have a 60w light bulb for heat in my new baby's cage.

The cage does get up to around 27 - 28C so that's not to bad. I will post up pics as soon as she is settled in. I usually only switch on my Heatpads during winter months for all my other snakes.

Any feedback will be appreciated.

Thanks
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Re: New Ball Python Owner

Postby Silvrav » Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:38 pm

Hi

I have heard and discovered during my research that Pretoria gets nice and hot during the summer, and some don’t use heat pads. I though do and will always have a heat pad on, but running through a thermostat, so only if the temp drops below say 25'C, will the heat pad come on. (piece of mind that if there is a cold spell, there is a hot spot)

Also, keep in mind a light bulb must be well covered so that the snake cannot get into contact with it, and it dries out the air, so make sure your humidity is at the correct levels.
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Re: New Ball Python Owner

Postby komodoking » Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:42 pm

Thank U Silvrav - I do have the light covered with a wire mesh guard, I will also take a picture of the cage as soon as I can to give u guys an idea of what it looks like.
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Re: New Ball Python Owner

Postby Reinhard Booysen » Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:49 pm

Hi, congrats one the newbie!

The first one is always an excuse to get another one ;)

Days like these in Pretoria all wet and cold keep the h/p on and I would advise you to do what Silvrav said for the rest of the time.

Enjoy your new snake! :smt006
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Re: New Ball Python Owner

Postby komodoking » Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:55 pm

Reinhaard i'm already looking for the next 1. I will then get the heatpad going tonight.

Thanks again guys.
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Re: New Ball Python Owner

Postby leonthemenace » Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:31 pm

Glad to hear you finaly got one! Remember they need bit higher humidity....my spec's - hotspot 32, mid temp 30 and cooler spot 28 with the humidity between 70 - 80. My ball thrives in these conditions, eats like a monster and shed's nice in one piece.
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Re: New Ball Python Owner

Postby komodoking » Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:37 pm

Thank u Leon I am very happy indeed.
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Re: New Ball Python Owner

Postby komodoking » Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:51 pm

1 other thing what type of substrate are u guys using ? I'm using cork bark as a substrate , will it work if I add a plastic container with spagnum moss as a humid hide ?, also should I place it close to the heatpad or more to the middle ?, I have gone thru a lot of care sheets for ball pythons however the humidity is still a struggle block.
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Re: New Ball Python Owner

Postby Silvrav » Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:17 pm

Hi komodo. The best is to experiment. Put the moss on the heatpad and keep it damp, see what your humidty is and adjust accordingly. I also use to have the container or water bowl half on a heatpad,but it dried out weekly and hated that I had to keep it damp. I recenlty went natural with a mix of bark chips and unfertilised potting soil. Works like a bomb, and nearly never sprays. Humidity is a constant 70% for my carpet. Do not know coconut so do not know its properties.

Hope my substrate keep its humidity as nice in pretoria as it does here in EL.
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Re: New Ball Python Owner

Postby komodoking » Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:08 pm

Thanks Silvrav - I'll keep the potting soil idea on hand as well, the goal would be to have a natural looking cage for her.
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Re: New Ball Python Owner

Postby ClintonT » Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:20 pm

Congrats on your new ball python. One of many to come I am sure.
I keep all of mine of a substrate called Kenaf. Hotspot 32 cooler side fluctuates with ambient but around the 26-27 deg. I live in KZN so humidity is not too much of and issue. I normally do a slight misting of the tubs during the shedding period. Keep humidity are 60-70% mark.
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Re: New Ball Python Owner

Postby komodoking » Thu Jan 27, 2011 7:46 am

Thank U ClintonT - She will most definitely not be the last. I did check last night and the humidity is sitting @around 68%, I did give the cage a light misting this morning.
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Re: New Ball Python Owner

Postby leonthemenace » Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:12 am

Sound like you're not to far from me, come make a turn and i'll show you what works for us....
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Re: New Ball Python Owner

Postby komodoking » Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:24 am

Thanks Leon - I will drop u a PM.
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Re: New Ball Python Owner

Postby komodoking » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:36 am

As promised here she is :

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