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    HELP US HELP YOU!! -- A Help Request Questionaire

    Very frequently we have folks come here seeking help with their ball python, and they ask only a general question such as "Why did my snake stop eating?" or "I think my snake might be sick, what should I do?" or "Is this a burn?" Or any number of other similar questions. These types of questions cannot be adequately addressed without knowing a lot more about the exact situation the snake is currently in. What may seem obvious to you is not at all obvious to anyone reading your question.

    The following set of questions are designed to help us help you. The more you can answer, and the more complete those answers are, the better chance you have of receiving truly relevant and helpful advice for your specific situation. This form is not required to receive our help, but it gives you the best possible shot at receiving the answers you're looking for.

    Just copy & paste the following questions into a new thread, or an ongoing thread that you've already started, with your husbandry question(s).


    1. How long have you had your ball python?

    2. How old (or how big) is your snake?

    3. Does it eat on a regular schedule?

    4. How long since its last meal?

    5. What type/size prey is being offered?

    6. How often do you offer food?

    7. What type and size of enclosure does it live in?

    8. What are you using as substrate? If it has depth, how deep is it?

    9. What type of heating do you use?

    10. Do you use a thermostat to control temperatures?

    11. What do you use to measure/monitor temperatures?

    12. What are the surface and ambient temperatures in the enclosure?

    13. What is the average humidity level?

    14. How many and what type of hides does the snake have?

    15. Is water readily available at all times?

    16. Does the snake live alone or does it share the enclosure with anything else?

    17. How often and for how long is the snake typically handled?

    18. Does the snake have any medical history (old injuries or illnesses)?

    19. Do you have any other reptiles? Have you brought in any new reptiles recently?

    20. Is there anything specific or unique about your situation that we should be aware of?


    These questions can also be copied and applied to husbandry questions about other snake species as well.
    -- Judy

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