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What do i need to know about ball pythons?

Im interested in buying a ball python soon and i want to know what i need to know in order to take care of it correctly. I've already done some research but i want to know from experienced snake owners. The last thing i would want is to buy one and not take care of it.

some things that i would like to know:
-How big of a cage should i get?
-How do i know the snake is in good health when i look at them at the pet store?
-Food? (and how often)
-How long after i get it can i start to bond with it?
-Is this a good pet choice for a complete beginner with snakes?

Any other information you think i should know about them you can include :)

oh yeah and also ive been seeing the name "morphed ball python" alot online. what does this mean?
Also i want to know if vet upkeep is expensive or not?

Buying a ball python from a good breeder is recommended. This will increase the chances that you are buying a healthy animal. Ball pythons are not exactly for those who are having a pet snake for the first time. This is not because they are hard to handle. These tropical snakes can have feeding issues from time to time. Understanding this behavior can be confusing for a first time snake owners. Ball pythons are hardy snakes but, it is best to provide a ball python with right cage temperatures and humidity that will allow them to fare best. You can start a young ball python out in a 20 gallon long enclosure. Females will become larger than males and will require 55-75 gallon sized enclosures. The breeder type in these sizes is recommended because they have a bit more of a squarish footprint. This square footprint that the breeder style provides is beneficial for the thick cylindrical ball python. Male BP's fit comfortably in 30- 55 gallon enclosures. Again, the breeder style in these sizes is recommended. A healthy snake is alert, responsive, has good muscle tone, is feeding and flicks it's tongue. Ball pythons feed on rodents of appropriate size every 5-7 days. A good way to figure on what size rodent to feed your ball python is to match the size of the rodent to the largest section of your snake's belly. You can begin handling your BP after about a week after you bring it home. Remember, be gentle and handle your snake in the evening because it is a naturally nocturnal snake. Your snake will normally shut down and sleep during the day. Ball pythons are shy secretive snakes so, avoid over handling and give them their space. I handle my snakes about 3 times a week for about 15 minutes each time. Never handle your snake during a shed and, wait at least 48 hours after your snake has fed to begin handling it. This time allows your snake to digest it's food properly and stress free. A ball python morph is a genetically mutated snake. Many BP breeders play around with genetics to produce amazing color mutations. Some of these color morphs command very high prices. It is best to locate a good reptile vet first before you purchase a ball python. Vet up keep expenses can vary. That is why you want to purchase the healthiest animal from the start and, have a good understanding on your ball python's needs to thrive well.

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