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Things I wish I had known before we bought a ball python* from our local pet shop last year:

1. You don't need an expensive glass tank. In fact, that expensive glass tank with mesh top that the pet store will sell you is actually a lot WORSE for keeping snakes than the $20 plastic bin with lid that you can buy at any Wal-Mart.

2. Ball pythons may be gentle and shy, but they are also super finicky about their environment and if you don't have the right temperature, humidity, and shelter conditions it will throw them off eating for weeks, or months, or even until they starve to death. THIS IS NOT NERVE-WRACKING AT ALL. *obsessively checks tank temperature again*

3. Those stick-on dial thermometers are nowhere near accurate, and at best they can only tell you the ambient temperature in the tank anyway. You need at least one thermometer with a probe to monitor the heat at surface level. Ideally two.

4. Heat lamps suck all the humidity out of the tank and are a terrible way of regulating heat. Under-tank heat mats are much better, but you need a thermostat to properly monitor and control the temperature (which the pet store did NOT tell us).

5. Ball pythons DO climb, and indeed quite enjoy it if they're given the chance. Unfortunately glass tanks make it difficult or impossible to set up any kind of safe climbing apparatus that won't topple under their weight. See #1.

6. The boy who bought the ball python is very fond of it, but not nearly as obsessive about python husbandry as his mother, who now lives in perpetual fear of the poor thing freezing, boiling, or starving to death.

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* Yes, I know a lot of people don't like snakes and are horrified that anyone would want to own one. So if you're planning to say so in comments, there's no need and I'd really rather you didn't...

Date: 2017-06-12 01:17 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] imbecamiel
:D :D :D SNAKE! I love snakes so much. I've had three as long-term pets myself (a couple tiny red bellied ones and a garter snake), as well as multitudes of short-term ones that I caught and released a few days later.

I'd love to have a python sometime - though yes, it does sound like they can be pretty intensive! What's this one's name?

Date: 2017-06-12 10:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] imbecamiel
Aww, Pip. I'd love to see some pics sometime, if you get a chance to take some! He sounds great. ^^

And ooo, that does look like a great resource! I'll have to keep that for if/when I get a chance for another Reptile Adventure.

Date: 2017-06-12 06:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kiwiria
I love snakes and am thinking this post really need a photo so I can enjoy the snakeness of the ball python! :-D
Edited Date: 2017-06-12 06:41 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-06-12 09:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] devarae
Wow, I had not idea ball pythons were that sensitive to their environment! It sounds like Pip is worth it though!

What does your cat (you have a cat too, right?) think of the snake, and vice versa?

Date: 2017-06-12 01:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] scarvenartist
My husband has always wanted a snake, and we've seriously considered getting one, given that we have enough cat and dog allergies between me and my family to prevent us from getting a pet with fur...and we may get one when The Tiny Boy is old enough to take responsibility of it. (Though probably I would stress about its well-being about at this level too, heh.)

Currently we have not gotten one for a couple reasons, one being that my husband thinks our dining room would be an ideal location for it to be kept, and I am aware that company maaaay not feel this way.... XD

Date: 2017-06-15 12:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] notalwaysweak
SNEK SNEK SNEK

Do you have photos up online?

Date: 2017-07-05 02:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] areth_lovejoy
This sounds like entirely too much work and stress for a snake, of all possible pets, but I shouldn't talk given how much we baby our pygmy hedgehog.

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