Vote for BP.Net for the 2013 Forum of the Year! Click here for more info.

» Site Navigation

» Home
 > FAQ

» Online Users: 395

14 members and 381 guests
Most users ever online was 3,642, 05-08-2016 at 08:50 AM.


» Today's Birthdays

» Stats

Members: 64,315
Threads: 238,638
Posts: 2,479,000
Top Poster: JLC (31,652)
Welcome to our newest member, Sara Blouin
Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    01-15-2019
    Location
    Louisiana
    Posts
    4
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    New BP owner question

    I am getting my first ball python and I have questions. Do BP need a day/night schedule? The terrarium will be in a room where the light is off during the day. I was going to get a light and put it on a timer. Am I over thinking this? 🤔

  2. #2
    Registered User Jcd5v's Avatar
    Join Date
    02-04-2019
    Posts
    141
    Thanks
    56
    Thanked 78 Times in 36 Posts

    Re: New BP owner question

    I would say yes. About 12 hours on 12 hours off. You donít need anything fancy. I found some old LEDs from a fish tank hood and used those. If not it would be like us never having night since these snakes are nocturnal.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    BS in Animal Science- Future Exotic Veterinarian
    1.0 X Karma BEL- Apollo
    1.0 X Mystic x Ghost- Kronos
    0.1 X Invisiball Spider- Medusa

  3. #3
    BPnet Veteran Craiga 01453's Avatar
    Join Date
    01-27-2017
    Location
    MA, USA
    Posts
    7,853
    Thanks
    10,012
    Thanked 6,879 Times in 3,613 Posts
    Are there windows in the room?
    Light from a window is usually plenty for a BP. They are secretive and nocturnal and will remain hidden for the majority of the daytime hours anyway.
    ...life is beautiful...

    "Every man dies, not every man really lives"
    - Braveheart

    "If I can't be my own, I'd feel better dead"
    - Layne Staley, Alice In Chains

  4. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    01-15-2019
    Location
    Louisiana
    Posts
    4
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Re: New BP owner question

    Thank you

  5. #5
    Registered User
    Join Date
    01-15-2019
    Location
    Louisiana
    Posts
    4
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Re: New BP owner question

    There is a window but it has blinds that usually stay closed. Iíve opened them but the terrarium still doesnít have much light. It sits beside the window.

  6. #6
    BPnet Veteran Craiga 01453's Avatar
    Join Date
    01-27-2017
    Location
    MA, USA
    Posts
    7,853
    Thanks
    10,012
    Thanked 6,879 Times in 3,613 Posts

    Re: New BP owner question

    Quote Originally Posted by ajones74 View Post
    There is a window but it has blinds that usually stay closed. Iíve opened them but the terrarium still doesnít have much light. It sits beside the window.
    Ok. Honestly, I've been keeping snakes for many years and none of my enclosures have lights. The only time I kinda wish they did is when I'm doing a thorough deep clean of my enclosures. The lights are for us, not for the snakes.

    Also, if it's too near a window I'd consider moving it. Windows can send tanks to dangerously high temps in warm weather months. Heat spikes can cause neurological problems or even be fatal for snakes
    ...life is beautiful...

    "Every man dies, not every man really lives"
    - Braveheart

    "If I can't be my own, I'd feel better dead"
    - Layne Staley, Alice In Chains

  7. The Following User Says Thank You to Craiga 01453 For This Useful Post:

    MissterDog (02-11-2019)

  8. #7
    Registered User
    Join Date
    01-15-2019
    Location
    Louisiana
    Posts
    4
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Re: New BP owner question

    Quote Originally Posted by craigafrechette View Post
    Ok. Honestly, I've been keeping snakes for many years and none of my enclosures have lights. The only time I kinda wish they did is when I'm doing a thorough deep clean of my enclosures. The lights are for us, not for the snakes.

    Also, if it's too near a window I'd consider moving it. Windows can send tanks to dangerously high temps in warm weather months. Heat spikes can cause neurological problems or even be fatal for snakes

    Makes sense. Thank you!

  9. The Following User Says Thank You to ajones74 For This Useful Post:

    Craiga 01453 (02-11-2019)

  10. #8
    Registered User SquirmyPug's Avatar
    Join Date
    09-15-2018
    Location
    Jacksonville Florida
    Posts
    259
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 158 Times in 103 Posts
    I like having a light on. Even though lots of people say it's not needed, it seems to help my BPs. I leave it on during the day and then around 6-8pm I turn the lights off. Usually a few minutes later the BPs notice and become active. When I wake up in the morning I turn the lights back on (5am). At that point they have already gone back into their hides and are ready to sleep through the day.

    This seems to help me with feeding, it's rare that they don't eat for me. I feed at night while they are awake and active.

  11. #9
    Registered User
    Join Date
    03-26-2018
    Location
    Vancouver, WA
    Posts
    61
    Thanks
    21
    Thanked 119 Times in 45 Posts
    From what I understand UVB exposure isn't necessary for a BP, but it is not a bad thing if you want to provide it.
    I do not use UVB lighting in my enclosures.(I did buy white LED lights for my incoming apcages but that is more for ease of viewing when its dark, not for the snakes) I am in the habit of opening my blinds in the morning when I get up, and closing them at night before bed. This seems allows enough natural light in for my snakes.
    0.1 Bumblebee Ball Python(Rei)
    0.1 Coastal Carpet Python(Mosaic)
    1.0 B.E.L Ball Python(Aspen)

  12. The Following User Says Thank You to ClarinetPhoenix For This Useful Post:

    Craiga 01453 (02-11-2019)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.2.1