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PostSubject: Getting a Ball Python   12/23/2008, 6:55 pm

I'm picking up a juvi ball python (lady at the pet store says it's between 12-15") tonight and I have limited cash ($50) to get all of the needed supplies for it. 20 gallons are $40, so that's pretty much out of the deal. Can I use a large, clear RubberMaid container? If so and if I can use it with a heat lamp, how would I do it? Would I have to modify the container and put a screen lid on it somehow?

I'll probably end up cheaping it out with newspaper for substrate, a ZipLock container for a water dish, and I'm not sure what I'm gonna do for a hide yet.

So I'm stumped with the container, heating, and hide situation.

Any help is appreciated!

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PostSubject: Re: Getting a Ball Python   12/23/2008, 7:53 pm

upside down ice cream tub with an entrance will work as a hide. heat it with a desk lamp?
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PostSubject: Re: Getting a Ball Python   12/23/2008, 7:55 pm

A lotta people us rubs with a heat mat, works perfectly fine to be honest.
You dont really need a bulb a mat should just bout do the trick
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PostSubject: Re: Getting a Ball Python   12/23/2008, 8:14 pm

If you want a heeatlight I cut out a hole at the top, took a screen from the windows(the ones that prevent bugs from coming into your house) then I cut the screen and put it on the whole, and got cardboards and glued it around the hole with the screen inbetween which locked it in place.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting a Ball Python   12/24/2008, 1:40 am

Thanks, guys!

I picked him up a few-hours-ago and he's 20" and the coloring is very solid! His personality, so far, seems to be great! Very Happy

I got a 10 gallon tank for him for now b/c it's all I could afford. I bought a metal light dome thingy at a hardware store along with a 75W plant light, which seems to be doing the trick.

I setup a cardboard hide on the one side, a long cardboard roll from end-to-end for him to climb on, a deli container for water, and aspen bedding.

He seems to be pretty happy. I even got him to eat a mouse a lil while ago Very Happy

The light is on the opposite side of the hide. Is that alright?
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PostSubject: Re: Getting a Ball Python   12/24/2008, 2:10 am

I had a ghetto setup for a while.

Cardboard won't hurt.

I had him in a 10G as well.

It's all good.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting a Ball Python   12/24/2008, 2:19 am

Cool.

He's really active. Right now he's actually in his hide for once lol.

I wanna hold him again, but I've read that I should wait at LEAST 24 hours - if not 48 - to hold him again.

What should I do to regulate temps? My room is a bit chilly at night ;x
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PostSubject: Re: Getting a Ball Python   12/24/2008, 2:57 am

Put him next to a heater.
Get a heatpad.

Yeah, wait 2 days atleast.
For a bigger meal, 3
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PostSubject: Re: Getting a Ball Python   12/24/2008, 3:06 am

'gratz on the new addition brandon.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting a Ball Python   12/24/2008, 4:38 am

Venom wrote:
Put him next to a heater.
Get a heatpad.

Yeah, wait 2 days atleast.
For a bigger meal, 3
80-85F isn't hot enough? That's where it's at.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting a Ball Python   12/24/2008, 3:11 pm

Oh then, don't worry about it.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting a Ball Python   12/24/2008, 4:01 pm

I also have a dimmer switch hooked up to the light so that I can dim it a bit and keep it slightly cooler @ night Smile

I fed him last night around 10ish. Could I hold him once 24 hours has passed? It wasn't a huge meal or anything; I barely noticed a bulge.

He's resting in his hide in a ball -- so cute Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Getting a Ball Python   12/24/2008, 4:14 pm

From when I used to keep snakes, I would always wait a few days before handling after a feed, to be on the safe side.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting a Ball Python   12/24/2008, 4:18 pm

I've read 24-48 hours for most snakes ( this was actually specific for BPs ), but I wanna hold him so bad since I just got him, ya know? bounce
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PostSubject: Re: Getting a Ball Python   12/24/2008, 4:20 pm

Yeah, I was like that too when I got my young cali king, he was tiny... even my sister (who is scared of reptiles; 'specially snakes) thought he was cute.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting a Ball Python   12/24/2008, 4:27 pm

i like lizards more
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PostSubject: Re: Getting a Ball Python   12/24/2008, 5:34 pm

i like scops more!
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PostSubject: Re: Getting a Ball Python   12/24/2008, 6:09 pm

I like girls more.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting a Ball Python   12/24/2008, 7:02 pm

I like them all.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting a Ball Python   12/24/2008, 7:48 pm

I don't like spammers; particularly in my topics.

86F is okay during the day, right?
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PostSubject: Re: Getting a Ball Python   12/24/2008, 8:22 pm

Yes.
85 is good for digestion.

75 to 90 is the range.

Warmer temps for digesting.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting a Ball Python   12/24/2008, 11:19 pm

Great. Thanks.

What's it mean when they keep glass dancing? They wanna come out and be held or something? lol
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PostSubject: Re: Getting a Ball Python   12/25/2008, 1:02 am

It just means they're exploring their new territory. Like scorpions do.

Once they get used to it they chill in their hides.

Mine just ate a big fat rat. mmmmm
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PostSubject: Re: Getting a Ball Python   12/25/2008, 10:49 pm

Here's the lil guy:







Bahaha!

I just made a coconut hide for him and stuck a branch in thurr Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Getting a Ball Python   12/25/2008, 10:52 pm

Awwwww, he's a cute little guy. Smile


smaller than I expected.
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