Welcome to Pedigreed Pythons!
Thanks for visiting PedigreedPythons.com. We are Ball Pythons specialists and our goal is to improve the quality of these awesome animals and to add value to the Ball Python community as a whole. We breed for color, size and characteristic of each animal and strive to continually enhance the quality of the morphs we produce. Working with a variety of breeders throughout the country allows us to both increase the genetic diversity of our animals and to continue to improve the variety of animals we represent.
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About Pedigreed Pythons
We at Pedigreed Pythons, have a passion for animals and like most reptile enthusiasts, have personally been in to reptiles since childhood. We started back into snakes after looking for what we felt was the next greatest pet and quickly realized that Ball Pythons were the way to go because of their moderate size, ease of handling and minimal care required. In fact we went through a number of animals like frogs, fish other snakes and several species of lizards before settling on Rhacodactylus Geckos and Ball Pythons and I am really glad we did.
Ball Python InformationBall pythons (Python regius) are found at the edges of the forest lands of Central and Western Africa This is the smallest of the African pythons in the pet trade. They are equally comfortable on the ground and in trees and are particularly active around dawn and dusk. Also called royal pythons in other areas of the world, here in the United States we call them "balls" due to their habit of curling themselves up into a tight ball when they are nervous with their heads pulled firmly into the center. Like most pythons, ball pythons are curious and gentle snakes.
Ball pythons typically reach 4 feet (1.2 m) in length and occasionally, there are specimens that reach 5 feet (1.5 m). When properly fed, their bodies are round and muscular. Like all pythons and boas, ball pythons have anal spurs. These single claws, appearing on either side of the vent, are the vestigial remains of the hind legs snakes lost during their evolution from lizard to snake millions of years ago. Males have longer spurs than do the females; males also have smaller heads than the females.
Ball pythons, like all pythons and boas, devour a variety of prey in the wild - amphibians, lizards, other snakes, birds and small mammals. They do not eat mice in the wild, however, and do not recognize the mice we offer them as being something edible. Thus, imported wild-caught ball pythons tend to be very picky eaters, at least initially, and drive their owners to distraction in their attempts to get them to eat something. For this and many other reasons, we highly recommend captive bred animals over wild caught of captive hatched (ch) ones.
Ball pythons are reputed to be able to go for extended periods of time without food; We have seen a female go nearly a year without eating with no ill effects although this is not a healthy trait and must not be a reason for selecting this species. Like any species of animal, buying captive-born babies reduces the stress on the threatened populations in the wild and helps ensure you will get a healthy, established well adjusted python and a snake already used to contact with humans. Buying from a reputable breeder will ensure that you will get the help and advice you need to assure that your ball feels comfortable and secure enough to eat after you bring it home.
In captivity, young ball pythons will grow about a foot a year during the first three years. They will reach sexual maturity in three to five years. The longest living ball python on record was over 48 years old when it died so be prepared, these animals are a long-term commitment and should not be purchased unless you are well prepared to house and care for one for a very long time.
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