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    Question Ball Python Burying Himself?!?

    Im worried about my male ball python. He recently started burying himself completely. His humidity and heat are normal and haven't been adjusted. And his hides are the right size for him. Is he sick? He ate a live mouse today, and didn't seem to be acting weird, except he missed when he struck and kinda laid there dazed, then proceeded to eat normally. He's young and im so worried. I love him to death.

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    Re: Ball Python Burying Himself?!?

    They are ambush predators so I can't see there is anything wrong with what you are doing. Or his behavior.

    We normally advise a thinner subnstrate purely because it makes it easier to get the temps dialed in, but if he is eating and digesting ok I don't see mutch to worry about.
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    I agree, I wouldn't worry. You say the hides are the right size, but they still may not be providing as much "back pressure" (feeling snug inside) as your snake
    craves, especially since he's young & insecure. After all, baby snakes are easy pickings for other predators in nature. If all our snakes behaved exactly the same,
    it wouldn't be as much fun watching them anyway. If you want to encourage him to use his hides, try loosely crumpling a paper towel & stuffing it inside each
    hide. It will take longer if you wait for him to discover this on his own, so if you happen to pick him up, try showing it to him by putting his face near the 'doorway'
    as you put him back into his enclosure. (most snakes will go right in)

    But about "handling"...how long have you had him? & how many times has he eaten for you? It's best not to handle a new snake until he's eaten at least 3 times
    easily for you (without refusals other than for being in shed). Also best for his safety to get him eating only dead prey (f/t- frozen thawed, or f/k- fresh killed), but
    wait until he's eating reliably for you before you try to switch him over. Young rodents, mice or rats, pose far less danger than older ones to our snakes, & for the
    most part, I advocate letting a snake's natural feeding instincts kick in before trying to feed dead prey.

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    Re: Ball Python Burying Himself?!?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chase04 View Post
    Im worried about my male ball python. He recently started burying himself completely. His humidity and heat are normal and haven't been adjusted. And his hides are the right size for him. Is he sick? He ate a live mouse today, and didn't seem to be acting weird, except he missed when he struck and kinda laid there dazed, then proceeded to eat normally. He's young and im so worried. I love him to death.



    Turns out he is about to shed he is burrowing because he can't see too well and hes nervous. I just noticed hes in blue this morning

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    Re: Ball Python Burying Himself?!?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chase04 View Post
    Turns out he is about to shed he is burrowing because he can't see too well and hes nervous. I just noticed hes in blue this morning
    Might also be finding a bit more humidity in the substrate...
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    The added friction from the substrate must be nice for him too, maybe give him a nice course rock to rub up against in the future (if you use a rock from outside, be sure to follow a tutorial on how to properly sterilize it for pet use)
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