Captive bred Ball Pythons for sale
Ball Pythons are one of the most popular snakes being kept and bred in captivity. There are many reasons for their popularity. First, they are very small for a python species. Most individuals only reach 3-4 feet in length as adults. They are very docile and not fast-moving like most snakes, which makes them easy to handle. They rarely strike out of aggression. Ball Pythons are also very easy to breed and the babies are usually great feeders and easy to raise. They also live a long time. Balls will commonly live for 20-30 years, with some having lived 40 years +. Finally, ball pythons are extremely popular because they come in well over 100 different color and pattern combinations. There's a ball python out there for everyone's tastes!
Imports and Farm-Raised vs Captive Bred:
In the past, most ball pythons that were available for purchase as pets were wild-caught normals, usually adults. Imported adult ball pythons can be very difficult to acclimate. They don't always adjust to captive conditions and often are very picky feeders. Wild Ball Pythons tend to prefer rodents that live in their natural environment in West Africa. They will sometimes refuse to each the mice and rats that are bred in captivity. However, some breeders do produce African Soft Fur Rats, which are similar to what they feed on in the wild. Overall, buying imported adults can be more trouble than they are worth. They may take several years to fully acclimate to captive conditions and may or may not ever reproduce.
Every year in Spring and early Summer, thousands of baby ball pythons are imported from Africa. Dealers in Africa capture gravid, wild females and hold them until they lay eggs. The eggs are hatched and the babies are shipped into the US. These babies generally do much better than the adults, but they can still have issues. Often, they will sit and wait for days or weeks with the exporter, importer, or dealer before they are sold. These snakes are not always kept in ideal conditions, which can cause health problems.