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    Happy Holiday's everyone,


    This is going to be long and I am sorry for that. 2 weeks ago I got a ball python.


    I have a co worker who broke up with her boyfriend about a month or so ago. She then told me about his ball python he left behind
    after texts back and forth he said he didn't want her and that he moved far away. She showed me these texts.
    My co worker then told me after work that day she was going to drive to a wooded area and release her. I almost had a heart attack. I told her that you cant do that we live in New Hampshire we just had snow dump on us. She told me snakes adapt. I told her I would take her. So after work I went to her house and picked her up. I can not see any animals of any kind be treated this way. My cat someone did not want because he was mean (just needed love) my dog because she is to stupid for hunting. So I see this Large snake in this 10 gallon tank with news papers on the bottom and a small dish and a plastic hide thing and medium frozen mice. No temps no nothing. My co worker said she is about 3 years old and is female

    I then go to PetSmart its the only thing close to me and ask if they were willing to take her they wont because of covid and illness. At this point I am just going to keep her. With a brochure, cell phone and worker in tow.


    I got a 40 gallon reptile tank zoo med, a large rock hid, a big dish, a moss hid, a few plants and Zoo Med Eco Earth Loose Coconut Fiber Substrate. While I was there
    I saw this form and placed an order with amazon for a large under the tank heater, Thermostat for the mat, Zoo Med Labs Digital Thermometer Humidity Gauge, a temp gauge.
    The PetSmart worker took a look at her and said she was over weight which shocked me and I showed her what the women was feeding her the worker told me I should be giving her small rats.


    I finally get home set it all up so it took about 3 days to get everything from amazon. I finally got her all set up I have a temp prob on the heat mat which
    is plugged into the thermostat which is set it 90.


    I realized my first mistake was the glass tank so last week I set off to home depot for insulation and got Extra Large Marine Roll Closed Cell Neoprene Rubber with Adhesive
    which of course I didn't get enough so I did the back of the tank and the sides. I have a blanket covering the front and top of her tank around her light. The temps right now are at 85 basking spot her heat mat is at 90 and her cool side is 74 her humidity is at 52. She loves laying in that moss ball and loves being on top of the hide rock. She does dig under the Substrate some times but most of the time she is on top of her large rock Or moss ball.


    So as of right now I have had her for about 2 weeks. She seems pretty happy and healthy from what I can tell. I did feed her on Saturday and she took the rat like it was nothing. I tried asking my co worker when was the last time she was fed and she said she does not know.
    So I am worried about temp and the feeding any advice would be great I am doing as much research as I can. Please be nice, I just wanted to
    save an animal from being killed or hurt. My vet is willing to see her after the holiday's


    Here are some pictures these were taken after I got everything set up. I had not yet got the insulation in these pictures.


    Meet Miss Venom




















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    Re: Something Unexpected (image heavy)

    Good on your for taking that critter in. Seems you did the proper research and are getting things dialed in well. I donít see that animal as overweight at all. Maybe a bit small for its age but itíll catch up in time.


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    Ditto, thank you for saving this beautiful (not fat!) ball python from total ignorance & certain death; you did a great job & on such short notice for fixing up a nice home for her too.
    I really like that hide- looks like she does too.

    We look forward to your updates & any questions you may have.
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    Thank you both I have been so worried I was doing things wrong. I was worried about the weight thing. Am I feeding her the right size? I fed her on Saturday A small rat. I tried to measure around her belly and all she wanted to do was climb all over me so I just let her be for now.

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    Re: Something Unexpected (image heavy)

    Quote Originally Posted by Starstop View Post
    Thank you both I have been so worried I was doing things wrong. I was worried about the weight thing. Am I feeding her the right size? I fed her on Saturday A small rat. I tried to measure around her belly and all she wanted to do was climb all over me so I just let her be for now.
    It's better to underfeed slightly than to over-feed. Off-hand, I'd say a small rat is just fine, but in a moment, I'll post a chart for you.

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    Something Unexpected (image heavy)

    You should be applauded for taking it in and putting your heart and sole into this venture !!


    Just a few little things ..


    The stat temp of 90F is only a guideline... you really need a digital temp gun ( $9 off eBay /Amazon or at least a digital thermometer with a wired probe ( both ideally) to check what the surface temps REALLY are ..

    Also ideally two identical hides ( they like snug fitting ones -not too large ) one at warm end one at cool end ..

    A cheap water spray to keep the humidity decent ..




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    Re: Something Unexpected (image heavy)

    Looks like you got a great set-up for her. Congratulations and Merry Christmas to you and Miss Venom!
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    I love it when pets in dire need get a new home in time for Christmas, don't you?
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    You did a wonderful job of saving this BP and giving her a great home! Although some people have suggested small tweaks to improve the enclosure I am overall really impressed, your set up shows you've done your research and that you clearly care a lot about this snake. I think you've done a better job of setting up a home for your unexpected new pet than many people who actually plan on getting a BP. So happy that this girl didn't end up outside in the New Hampshire winter has a loving keeper who will do a great job of looking after her. I wish you the best with your BP keeping journey! We're all here for you if you ever have questions or need advice with anything

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    Re: Something Unexpected (image heavy)

    I bought a spary bottle and I mist her tank and check on it daily. I do have 3 temp probs in there. One under the tank where her mat is between the glass and mat. I have one sat on top of her basking spot and I have one on her could side.

    Should I turn her mat thermostat down I ha e it set to 90 for her mat??? I just ordered the heat gun thank you....

    Is her hides to big?? The rock one should I get a smaller one???

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