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Ball Python... anyone that can offer advice?! Baby_Majick Due May 1 (twins); 4 kids; 3 angel babies; Sullivan, Missouri 4058 posts
26th Mar '13

I have a ball python, I don't want to have to get rid of him unless this is not fixable... he was a gift from my brother (he breed's snakes) anyways... he's getting extremely testy... I don't know if I can trust him... last night he sat in strike mode, and I even watched him strike air... i'm not sure whats got into him... anyone know what could possibly be his problem?! I have a heat pad on him and a lamp... i'm worried if one of my kids stick their hand in there he might strike... he's normally docile...

Baby_Majick Due May 1 (twins); 4 kids; 3 angel babies; Sullivan, Missouri 4058 posts
26th Mar '13

Only thing thats changed.. we brought a new baby home a little over two weeks ago... I do know they're attracted to the scent of babies... something about the formula.

3 little monsters 3 kids; Olathe, Colorado 50990 posts
26th Mar '13

I don't have much snake experience but maybe this will help.



http://pet-snakes.com/why-snake-bite/comment-page-1

izzy+Ethan 2 kids; Edmonton, Alberta 4056 posts
26th Mar '13

Honestly I would never have a snake near baby's or toddlers for all the risks and other stuff .plus I friggen hate snakes!!

Baby_Majick Due May 1 (twins); 4 kids; 3 angel babies; Sullivan, Missouri 4058 posts
26th Mar '13
Quoting ღFrodoliciousღ:" That is definitely not normal... is there a vet near you that works with snakes?? I mean, it could be ... [snip!] ... a lot of things, it could be sick, something in the atmosphere could be putting it on edge, it could be hungrier than usual... "


I feed him 1 rat pup once a week (he's still really young)... he's not sick that I can tell. He's just seems to act very weird... we moved him to a different area of the room, and next week he's getting moved to a 40 breeder tank... I think he is getting a tad bit small for his tank. I wasn't sure if it was because of the weather, we had a snow storm. Or the baby... we just had..... i'm not really sure what his deal is... but I have a 5 year old who adores him! I can't let him pet him at all now.

Baby_Majick Due May 1 (twins); 4 kids; 3 angel babies; Sullivan, Missouri 4058 posts
26th Mar '13
Quoting ღFrodoliciousღ:" New baby in the house could definitely be it. It's a big change in atmosphere and they can sense that. "


I hope it doesn't last! lol... I don't want to get rid of him. But I can't trust him not to bite one of the kids.

*4 boys and me* Due November 22; 2 kids; Las Vegas, Nevada 4769 posts
26th Mar '13

Is he shedding? They tend to get kind of grumpy when shedding because they cant see too well. When was the last time he ate?

Baby_Majick Due May 1 (twins); 4 kids; 3 angel babies; Sullivan, Missouri 4058 posts
26th Mar '13
Quoting *3 boys and me*:" Is he shedding? They tend to get kind of grumpy when shedding because they cant see too well. When was the last time he ate?"


No, not shedding.... he did shed about two weeks ago or so... It's feeding time actually... lol... tomorrow... I feed him every WED.

*4 boys and me* Due November 22; 2 kids; Las Vegas, Nevada 4769 posts
26th Mar '13
Quoting Baby_Majick:" No, not shedding.... he did shed about two weeks ago or so... It's feeding time actually... lol... tomorrow... I feed him every WED."


He needs to be handled too, even if he seems kinda testy. get a small towel to get him out initially, then he should calm down once you have him. just make sure to be nice and slow with him, they can sense if you are tense/nervous. do you feed him in his tank?

Baby_Majick Due May 1 (twins); 4 kids; 3 angel babies; Sullivan, Missouri 4058 posts
26th Mar '13
Quoting *3 boys and me*:" He needs to be handled too, even if he seems kinda testy. get a small towel to get him out initially, ... [snip!] ... have him. just make sure to be nice and slow with him, they can sense if you are tense/nervous. do you feed him in his tank?"


No.. I have a tote I feed him in.

Baby_Majick Due May 1 (twins); 4 kids; 3 angel babies; Sullivan, Missouri 4058 posts
26th Mar '13
Quoting ღFrodoliciousღ:" This. And when they shed, they're hungrier than usual, because shedding uses a lot of energy. Maybe toss another rat pup or mouse into the pen, just to see if the snake's hungry. "


Ok will try that!! He might be in a growing spurt.

*4 boys and me* Due November 22; 2 kids; Las Vegas, Nevada 4769 posts
26th Mar '13

Do you use live? or f/t?

Baby_Majick Due May 1 (twins); 4 kids; 3 angel babies; Sullivan, Missouri 4058 posts
26th Mar '13
Quoting *3 boys and me*:" Do you use live? or f/t?"


Frozen.

Elle With FOUR! 4 kids; Wichita, KS, United States 18964 posts
26th Mar '13

Try feeding him/her more! Definitely sounds like possible hunger. Could be the change in atmosphere from having the baby, however, I have my doubts....my ball never seemed terribly bothered by having a new baby around. My other guess would be growing and an impending shed.

Baby_Majick Due May 1 (twins); 4 kids; 3 angel babies; Sullivan, Missouri 4058 posts
26th Mar '13
Quoting Elle With Three &1/2:" Try feeding him/her more! Definitely sounds like possible hunger. Could be the change in atmosphere from ... [snip!] ... ball never seemed terribly bothered by having a new baby around. My other guess would be growing and an impending shed."


Ok.. thanks! I will offer more food.