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Q: Humidity for newly acquired Ball Python
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The Egal

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Cambria [1]
When i picked up my BP from BHB the other day a knoledgeable reptile deelervtold me not to worry about humidity. Ive been reading to many blogs and sites on the internet that say humidity is important. How can i humidify my tank? Comment.

Points: 50
Topics: General Health , Caging
Tags: Ball, Humidity, Python
Species: Pythons > Pythons > Python regius
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Accepted Answer 6/30/2008 6:46:53 PM

Noah Criswell
All i do for my balls is mist them when they sart to go opaque. I mist them daily until they shed. I get perfect sheds every time and i dont worry about it the rest of the time. But if you are worried then you can mist any time. You just dont want the bedding wet all the time. It will start to mold and that will create many more problems.
Member Comment 6/30/2008 6:49:04 PM

Mist the cage twice a day or keep a water dish on the hot side of the cage. It doesnt need to be very high for BP's.
Member Comment 6/30/2008 10:01:10 PM

Humidity is very important when it comes to ball pythons, especially neonates. I recommend using a large water dish. The more water surface area, the more evaporation which will keep the humidity in your enclosure higher. A large dish also will allow your animal to soak if it feels the need. I don't know who the person was that told you humidity is not important, but it appears they are not that knowledgeable at all. Insufficient humidity will cause incomplete or the inability to shed at all or retained eye caps. All of these things will cause an animal discomfort and could lead to other problems such as refusing to feed and a snake trapped in it's old skin is not very attractive. Whatever advice you take, I hope your Ball Python does well. Good luck!
Assisted Answer 6/30/2008 10:34:39 PM

I mist once a week. I use a substrate that holds moisture and in my area relative humidity is on the high side. Mine stays between 55% on dry days and 75% on rainy days. I've always seen good sheads. Mist a little more often when they turn opaque , light misting once a day. Too much humidty and you'll have a unhappy BP.
Member Comment 6/30/2008 11:23:12 PM

I've found that misting is not needed. If you have your baby in an aquarium with a screen top, the first thing to do is cover at least 90% of the screen with plastic wrap followed by aluminum foil. Then, use a large diameter water bowl to allow some evaporation. You want to keep a humidity of 50-60% on a daily basis and then up it a bit (around 70%) when they are getting ready to shed. You will need a humidity gauge to judge it properly. I suggest going with a digital one over any of the dial ones you can get at the pet stores. None of them work very well and you'll just be wasting money.

Doing it this way, it's easy to use newspaper, paper towels or aspen as substrate (I use newspaper for most of my ball pythons). You'll find that you will have great sheds and don't have to remember to mist the cage every day. Ball pythons are burrow dwellers so they wouldn't get "rained" on in the wild.

Good luck with your baby!
Assisted Answer 6/30/2008 11:31:32 PM

I totally agree...cover the screen lid....whoever designed those things was obviously misinformed.... Ball pythons aren't as sensitive to humidity drops as other species, but if you want your snake to thrive , I would aim for 55-75 %...and it doesnt need to be constant...fluctuations are natural........get a humidity gauge....if neede a little mist is good....but if you solve to top problem it will fix itself....snakes dont need alot of ventilation.....so take Dalvers advice...I go by 33% air space, but I have big retics.....and my humidity stays over 70.......of course I do live in Southern Louisiana....and it is 90 % outside  LOL
Member Comment 7/5/2008 12:29:07 AM

Casey Clarke
Best piece of advice, ditch your tank.  You'll save yourself a ton of headaches down the road.  Some tips you can try are covering the screen lid, incorporating a bigger water dish on the warmer side of the tank,  and using a humidity holding substrate like cypress mulch but even these may not be enough depending on the room you have the cage housed in.  The problem with glass aquaria is they do not retain heat or humidity worth a damn.  I've kept ball pythons for the past 20+ years and have never had to spray them.  Nor do I indorse this practice.  Just as the poster above mentioned, BP's are burrow dwellers in nature so they aren't accustomed to daily showers or mistings like chondros for example.  I keep all my BP's in rack systems but if you must display your animal I highly recommend investing in an Animal Plastics T3 with sliding doors, solid top, and belly heat.  These things hold heat and humidity like no ones business.  Definitely one of the most eficient cage designs on the market and I've had everything from Vision, Monster, Neodesha, Barrs, and Boaphiles.  You won't be sorry.


Member Comment 7/5/2008 10:42:39 AM

Casey Clarke
Oops!  How could I forget http://www.pvccages.com/id149.htm.  Jim offers some fantastic setups at very reasonable prices!
Assisted Answer 7/9/2008 12:03:09 AM

Humidity is a very important part of snake husbandry. What size tank? Don't need a rack system if you only planning on having one snake (which is very doubful, lol). Tanks are cool and great for display but it takes a whole lot of work to get the right temps and humidity the way you want it. You want to keep levels around 45-55% and kick it up to 65 to 75% when in shed. A couple of things that would help is a UTH and not a basking light (basking lights are humidity eaters). I personally use shredded aspen and it retains humidity really good. A big enough water bowl for your ball to soak her body in. A wet towl on top of the tank is also good. Wow I'm remembering my tank days (pain in the butt!)
If you don't care about looks then get a plastic tub and housed your bp in there, way much easier to control everything. Measure humidity with a hygrometer from Walmart or Home Depot by the garden section, they work great!
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