We at Sinister Serpents Exotics are very happy to give our customers the ability to buy Ball Pythons online through our website with safe and affordable, super fast overnight shipping - nationwide. Though, we are only working with a few select Ball Pythons at this time, that number will be increasing significantly over the next year. We are looking forward to the new genetics we will be adding to our breeding projects and having a larger selection of Ball Python morphs for sale online in the future.
Our customers will always have peace of mind in knowing that when they buy Ball Pythons for sale on our website, they will receive only high quality, healthy Ball Pythons that that are professionally packaged, shipped and delivered overnight to their doorstep with our 100% Arrive Alive Guarantee! Our customers can also rest assured knowing that our Ball Python's genetics, lineages and percentages have been carefully identified and documented and are exactly as advertised. Before we place our Ball Pythons for sale online it is important to us that we spend time handling each snake on an individual basis to start acclimating them to human interaction and making sure that they have eaten at least a few times without any problems after their first shed. Every one of our Ball Pythons for sale online will be shipped with a birth certificate, a unique identification number and full lineage disclosure along with parental sizes and photos for our customers to keep for their records.
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Our Ball Python breeding season is underway and we are anticipating our first hatchlings somewhere between early and mid 2018.
We are very excited about all of our current and upcoming Ball Python breeding projects and we're looking forward to introducing a few new genetics into these projects over the next year. We hope you will keep us in mind and check back often.
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FIRST TIME BALL PYTHON BUYER?
If you have never cared for a pet Ball Python of your own and you are trying to decide if a Ball Python would be the right pet for you, we highly recommend reading our basic guide before you decide to buy a Ball Python. Simply put, Ball Pythons make amazing pets! They are one of the most popular beginner snakes, as they are generally very docile and very easy to care for. The best part is, Ball Pythons can potentially live for up to 20 - 30 or more years with proper care! Adult female Ball Pythons will typically be larger than males. This is known as Sexual Dimorphism, which is common in many snake species. Typically an adult female will reach 3' – 5', whereas an adult male may only reach 2' – 4'. In either case, a 5' Ball Python is considered to be large, but in rare instances it is possible for them to reach up to 6'.
"Why Are There Are So Many Different Kinds Of Ball Pythons For Sale Online?"
There are currently over 3,800 different "morph" varieties of Ball Pythons and new ones are still being produced all the time! "Morphs", also known as, designer snakes" have become extremely popular within the hobby and business of snake breeding. The reason you will find so many different colors and varieties of Ball Pythons for sale online is, because they have been being selectively bred and line bred for many generations to achieve different colors and markings. There are Ball Pythons today with up to 5 and 6 different genes all bred into one snake. The prices of Ball Pythons vary greatly. You may find Ball Pythons for sale online for as low as $35.00 and others as high as $16,000.00 or more! Generally, the more genes and breeding possibilities a Ball Python has the more expensive it will be.
Ball Python Care & Husbandry - Prepare Before You Buy A Ball Python
Once you have decided to buy a Ball Python, we highly recommend doing extensive research on the care, husbandry and genetics of Ball Pythons. Before you buy a Ball Python you should already have everything setup and ready for it's arrival before you place your order. You will need an appropriate size enclosure, heat tape or a heat pad and most importantly a good quality thermostat to accurately control the temperature consistantly. We also highly recommend having a digital laser thermometer to get the most accurate surface temperatures throughout the enclosure, as well as a thermometer/hygrometer, which will stay in the enclosure to monitor the ambient temperature and humidity. You will also need to provide a hide on the warm side of the enclosure. Maintaining proper temperatures and humidity levels are the most important factors for keeping Ball Pythons healthy. It is vital for proper digestion and shedding and preventing respiratory infections. Substrate is a topic of great debate in the Ball Python community. We highly recommend newspaper or paper towels over any of the substrates. We feel that it's much more sanitary, easier to clean and it eliminates the inevitability of Ball Pythons swallowing substrate during feedings and potentially developing serious digestive problems. If you choose to use substrate we advise feeding them outside of the enclosure in a different container.
Housing & Humidity
We believe that a Ball Python enclosure's combined length + width should not equal any less than the length of the snake. So, for example; a 4' adult Ball Python should not be kept in an enclosure any less than 3' long x 1' wide. The height of the enclosure is not that important, as Ball Pythons are non-arboreal and spend most of their time on the ground and in underground burrows in the wild. Anything over 6" in height will be more than sufficient. Fish aquariums with screen or wire lids are widely advised against for Ball Pythons and many other species, because they do not hold humidity. If you prefer to use a fish aquarium with a screen or wire lid it will be necessary to seal the lid with a sheet of heavy plastic, being sure to leave an area uncovered for ventilation. For display type enclosures we highly recommend either building or purchasing a PVC or plastic enclosure. The simplest, cheapest and most secure enclosure you can provide for your Ball Python is a plastic storage container with lockable latches. You would just need to simply drill holes across the front and sides of the tub for ventilation. We keep the ambient humidity level of our whole snake room between 50% and 60% by using a cheap, but high performance 9 gallon humidifer. When our snakes go in shed we give their enclosures (and the snake) a generous daily misting with warm water until they have finished shedding.
We do not recommend using reptile lights as a heat source for Ball Pythons, as they can dry the snake's skin out, as well as the enclosure. Instead, we recommend providing under-belly heat, such as THG heat tape. The heat tape should be wide enough to take up the rear 1/3 of the enclosure. It is very important that the heat tape is plugged into a thermostat in order to control the temperature. Ideally, the enclosure's hot spot should be between 88 and 92 degrees fahrenheit. The ambient temperature of the enclosure should be between 78 and 80 degrees with a cool spot that is no less than 75 degrees.
As a general rule, one appropriate size rat every 7 days is more than adequate for most Ball Pythons. If they are underweight, every 5 days is fine and if they're overweight it is fine to cut them back to every 10 - 14 (or more) days accordingly. With regards to prey size, our rule of thumb with most of our snakes is to feed prey that is the same diameter of the thickest part of the snake's body. Though, slightly larger is fine for Ball Pythons. Frozen/thawed rats are the most convenient and economical choice for Ball Pythons. Ball Pythons are notoriously picky eaters, so it can take awhile to get them switched over from live to frozen/thawed, but most of them will eventually make the switch. Before you buy a Ball Python, we highly recommend finding an online source for frozen rats and a private local source for live rats. We are finding that some of the major pet store chains will no longer sell live rats to someone if they know they will be feeding them to snakes and their frozen rats are ridiculously expensive! The wisest choice is to breed your own rats. One pair of breeder rats are very simple and cheap to care for and can produce enough offspring to keep one Ball Python fed year round.
Why Buy Ball Pythons Online Directly From Breeders VS Local Pet Shops?
There are many reasons why it is a much better idea to buy Ball Pythons online directly from experienced breeders than pet stores. There have been countless reports of emaciated Ball Pythons for sale in major pet store chains, as well as "Mom and Pop" pet shops. In many cases, the sales associates you will find working in major pet store chains have extremely limited knowledge or experience working with Ball Pythons. In most cases, pet shops aren't even able to properly sex the Ball Pythons for sale in their stores, so buyers won't even know if they are buying a male or female. Additionally, when you buy a Ball Python at a pet shop, most of them will not be able to provide accurate genetic, lineage or parental information or even a date of birth. This is all very basic, yet very important information that should always be provided when you buy a Ball Python. Simply put, pet stores buy Ball Pythons at wholesale prices from breeders then mark them up and they know very little about them. Their only concern is selling the Ball Pythons at a huge profit. When you buy Ball Pythons online directly from breeders, even the smallest of hobbyist Ball Python breeders understand the importanceof keeping detailed documentation of all the above information for their Ball Pythons for sale and take great pride in doing so.
Why Buy Ball Pythons From Smaller Breeders VS Major Breeders?
First and foremost, in no way do we mean any disrespect whatsoever to any of the other larger, well known breeders in the community with Ball Pythons for sale online. In fact, we have nothing but the utmost respect for them. Some of them are the true innovators and forefathers of Ball Python breeding, who have discovered some of the coolest genetic mutations in the world! However, there are some things we feel that people, who are looking to buy Ball Pythons for sale online should be aware of. Firstly, a lot of the bigger, well known breeders are mass producing Ball Pythons. Some of them have hundreds and even thousands of Ball Pythons to care for at any given time. There are a lot of potential problems that come with keeping that many snakes. For example; some of the most well known breeders with Ball Pythons for sale online are known to have mite infestations in their collections. If you buy a Ball Python with mites it is treatable, but if you have other Ball Pythons the mites can very quickly infest your entire collection. The obvious underlying problem with keeping such large numbers of snakes is that it is simply impossible to give each animal the proper amount of care, time and handling they should have before they are sold. One last problem we will mention is the lack of personal customer service. Try to communicate with some of the well known breeders directly or even just email them through their websites. Quite a few times we have done so and we couldn't believe how common it is for some of them to never answer their phones, return phone calls or even respond to an email to answer basic questions about the Ball Pythons for sale on their websites. When you buy a Ball Python from smaller breeders every Ball Python and every customer is much more personal to them. So, in most cases, you will have much better direct communication, much higher quality customer service and the snakes will have had much more care, time and handling put into them. For many of us smaller breeders, it will take years for us to even reach the point of being able to begin profiting enough from putting our Ball Pythons for sale online to cover our costs of caring for of our animals. Once again, we mean no disrespect, but please be aware that "big name brands" + "big name" prices definitely do not equal the highest quality in this industry.