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    I just got my first ball python!

    Hereís my new little boy, heís a pastel enchi bamboo 50% het pied male. His name is Luca and He was born on June 6th. Heís so cute! I just brought him home from fed ex 1 hour ago! Heís exploring so much and seems very happy. Lots of tongue flickers and moving around. if he continues to be this active could I handle him in 48 hours, then feed for the first time 3 days after that, or just wait a week to feed without handling him? Also, on while he was being shipped, he produced a urate, and he kind of stinks. Should I soak him or wait, or not soak him at all. and if I should wait, how long until? Iíll post some photos. Iím so excited!!








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    Re: I just got my first ball python!

    Congrats he is a handsome guy.. I'm no expert by any means, and everyone has a variation on when to handle for the 1st time.. After x amount of weeks after x amount of feedings. Personally I wait until they have 2 feedings, it could be 2 weeks it could be longer. Being active all the time doesn't mean they are comfortable, as he just arrived he is still adjusting to his new home.. A happy adjusted BP is usually one you never see.

    As for a bath I've never had to bathe one on arrival. You could rinse him in warm water and dawn dish soap..

    As for feeding offer him a meal on feeding day based on the schedule the breeder had him on. If he doesn't take it offer again in 5-7 days.

    Good luck..

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    Re: I just got my first ball python!

    Quote Originally Posted by Auntie_Moe View Post
    Congrats he is a handsome guy.. I'm no expert by any means, and everyone has a variation on when to handle for the 1st time.. After x amount of weeks after x amount of feedings. Personally I wait until they have 2 feedings, it could be 2 weeks it could be longer. Being active all the time doesn't mean they are comfortable, as he just arrived he is still adjusting to his new home.. A happy adjusted BP is usually one you never see.

    As for a bath I've never had to bathe one on arrival. You could rinse him in warm water and dawn dish soap..

    As for feeding offer him a meal on feeding day based on the schedule the breeder had him on. If he doesn't take it offer again in 5-7 days.

    Good luck..
    Thanks! I may try and feed him on Friday, the breeder said he was fed every 3-5 days but said I should feed every 5-7. Good point about his activity. He is still yet to go into one of his hides. He has knocked over and moved basically everything in his enclosure . His hides are two very light baby wipes containers. He has moved them quite a bit. I may need to put more substrate to hold them in place. Thanks for your input!


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    Re: I just got my first ball python!

    Quote Originally Posted by EthanMG View Post
    He has knocked over and moved basically everything in his enclosure . His hides are two very light baby wipes containers. He has moved them quite a bit.
    This never changes with some of them. My females rearrange their enclosures every night. I find hides upside down, moved to the middle of the enclosure. One likes to burrow and sleep under her water bowl.. My boys way more well behaved..

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    Re: I just got my first ball python!

    Quote Originally Posted by Auntie_Moe View Post
    This never changes with some of them. My females rearrange their enclosures every night. I find hides upside down, moved to the middle of the enclosure. One likes to burrow and sleep under her water bowl.. My boys way more well behaved..
    Thatís too funny ! Do you have to constantly put them back on the warm and cool side then?


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    Re: I just got my first ball python!

    Quote Originally Posted by EthanMG View Post
    Thatís too funny ! Do you have to constantly put them back on the warm and cool side then?

    Usually its the cool side that they flip and move.. At least 4 days a weeks someone moves a hide. One of my girls also knocks her thermometers over almost every night. I sometimes think that's her way of getting more attention... She knows I will fix them and say hi to her...
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    Re: I just got my first ball python!

    Quote Originally Posted by Auntie_Moe View Post
    Usually its the cool side that they flip and move.. At least 4 days a weeks someone moves a hide. One of my girls also knocks her thermometers over almost every night. I sometimes think that's her way of getting more attention... She knows I will fix them and say hi to her...
    Yup thatís so sweet. You already know both my thermometers are flipped as well


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    Re: I just got my first ball python!

    Congratulations on your awesome new critter! I agree with getting a few (2-3) consecutive feedings in before you start handling. Best wishes!
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    Re: I just got my first ball python!

    Quote Originally Posted by EL-Ziggy View Post
    Congratulations on your awesome new critter! I agree with getting a few (2-3) consecutive feedings in before you start handling. Best wishes!
    Ok sounds good, Iíll wait until then. You guys are a lot more experienced, thanks for your input!


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