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Q: Question for the Ball Python Breeders
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Katie M

Okay, let me first start this question off by laying no blame/responsibility on myself :) I do not own Ball Pythons, so I cannot fully give my friend "advice" so much as a recommendation from where I stand as a rtb person.  My friend has two ball pythons, 1 male and 1 female.  I don't know the age, other than they are at least 2 to 4 years of age.  The male looks to be about 600 grams, the female about 500 grams.  They're housed together, year round, and have been for a while.  My main concern, well brought up by my friend Brittany, was that the male is capable of impregnating the female, most certainly resulting in egg binding and/or death.  They've been housed together for at least the last year.  Given that they've spent so much time together, would they not breed? or would they breed, and he risk the chance of killing his female? I just always err on the side of safety, and all of my snakes have their own enclosure... any help would be great :)

Points: 100
Topics: Caging , Cycling , Copulation
Tags: Breeding, Python
Species: Pythons > Pythons > Python regius
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Member Comment 7/18/2008 12:13:54 AM


Just a quick edit Katie, she cant be impregnated now...my concern was more it could happen too early or the male may be more interested in breeding 24/7 and stop eating.

Author Comment 7/18/2008 12:15:21 AM

Katie M
I stand corrected... he just won't listen :)
Member Comment 7/20/2008 2:52:06 PM

If both of the snakes are ready to breed, they will do so. There are many deciding factors of whether they are ready or not, and some are unknown or poorly understood. The bottom line is, if your friend is not planning on breeding them each party involved would be better off if she separated the pair.
Accepted Answer 7/21/2008 3:00:06 PM

If the snakes are actually 2-4 years old and still that small, there is more of a problem than them breeding. A 2 year old female ball python, fed properly, would be over 1500 grams now and the male would easily be over 1000. Most females should NOT be bred if they're under 1500g. There are always exceptions but the rule is a good one to follow.

I personally do not agree with keeping snakes together unless it's breeding season and you're trying for eggs/babies. Other than that time of the year, it can be very stressful for the animals unless the cage is big enough to provide enough hot and cold areas and hide spots so there is no competion. If he gives you the 'they love each other, look how they are always wrapped around each other and together" I'd point out that a) he's assigning human emotions to an animal and b)they are wrapped that way because they are competing for proper environments.

If he won't listen to those who have kept these animals for a long time, been successful with breeding, feeding and raising them, then there is really nothing you can do. I wish it was easier than that and hopefully he'll get a clue and consider the health of his animals over anything else.
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