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

» Site Navigation

» Home
 > FAQ

» Online Users: 692

1 members and 691 guests
Most users ever online was 6,337, 01-24-2020 at 03:30 AM.

» Today's Birthdays

None

» Stats

Members: 72,920
Threads: 246,798
Posts: 2,556,398
Top Poster: JLC (31,651)
Welcome to our newest member, Custard
Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    04-28-2022
    Posts
    4
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 9 Times in 4 Posts

    Hello! New BP parent here.

    Hi folks!

    I am the unexpected new owner of a super cute ball python. He (?) was found at my job Monday morning. We tried tracking down an owner but didn't have any luck. Nobody here likes snakes except for me (and one other coworker, but she's not allowed to have pets where she lives), so I brought him home and took a crash course in BP research. Got him set up in a little tub enclosure, UTH plugged into a thermostat, hygrometer, multiple hides, some fake plant cover, water bowl, etc. I'm letting him settle in with only occasional unobtrusive checks to make sure he's still in there (I have pet rats who live downstairs so the 'have you escaped' checks are super important to me haha). He did finally move from the back corner of the tub to a cozy hide, so yay.

    Anyway, I'm here to learn all I can about ball pythons! I've always wanted a snake but never thought I'd get a bp, mostly because I've read they can be finicky with f/t and I personally can't handle feeding live. If he won't take to f/t, I do have an experienced snake and reptile friend who will take him in. But it's not often the opportunity to have a snake you've always wanted just kind of...appears out of nowhere, so I'm excited to give this a try. So far I'm in love with him, but he is reserving judgement on me

  2. The Following 5 Users Say Thank You to lehx For This Useful Post:

    AutumnVanilla (04-29-2022),Bogertophis (04-29-2022),Homebody (04-29-2022),Luvyna (05-25-2022),xAnthemia (04-29-2022)

  3. #2
    Registered User xAnthemia's Avatar
    Join Date
    01-16-2022
    Location
    Wigan, England
    Posts
    16
    Thanks
    19
    Thanked 21 Times in 11 Posts
    Images: 7

    Re: Hello! New BP parent here.

    Assuming your not in Central Africa and it's not wild caught, congratulations! I wish random ball pythons would just show up out of nowhere at my work place. Not even to bring them home as a pet, I just want random ball pythons to show up at work on occasion, would make things more fun!

    Also be sure to check out the stickied posts if you haven't already during your crash course of research. In any case, be wary of advice given by shops.

    Also I'd recommend doing a general health check on the snake if you haven't already, just in case.

    Got a name for him(?) yet?
    Last edited by xAnthemia; 04-29-2022 at 09:58 AM.

  4. The Following User Says Thank You to xAnthemia For This Useful Post:

    rhyslilly (05-20-2022)

  5. #3
    Bogertophis's Avatar
    Join Date
    04-28-2018
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    17,606
    Thanks
    24,052
    Thanked 16,013 Times in 9,852 Posts
    lehx- what a nice surprise! We're happy to help with whatever questions you may have.
    Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.
    Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983)

  6. The Following User Says Thank You to Bogertophis For This Useful Post:

    lehx (04-29-2022)

  7. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    04-28-2022
    Posts
    4
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 9 Times in 4 Posts

    Re: Hello! New BP parent here.

    Haha nope, I'm in the US, so no wild-caught worries here! I feel super lucky to have him and it was definitely the most fun Monday I think I've had. Most of my coworkers do not share that sentiment, though. No name yet - I'm waiting to see if he takes f/t before I name him - but I have a few ideas!

    I did a casual exam on him Monday and Tuesday (just looking him over for any noticeable problems) and he looked pretty good. I'm trying to leave him be and let him decompress before I try feeding him (I've already fussed with his tub almost daily, trying to make sure I've got everything set up right), but I'll give him a good looking over next time I handle him. Is there anything specific I should look for, or just general body condition, injuries, if there are external parasites present, etc? (I will go look for stickies on this as well )

  8. The Following User Says Thank You to lehx For This Useful Post:

    Bogertophis (04-29-2022)

  9. #5
    Registered User
    Join Date
    04-28-2022
    Posts
    4
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 9 Times in 4 Posts

    Re: Hello! New BP parent here.

    He has a name! Simon. And he has eaten two f/t rat fuzzies for me, pooped once, and had a complete shed. Yay! I'm still working out the kinks with his temporary tub enclosure, but I'm encouraged by the poop and the shed going smoothly.

  10. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to lehx For This Useful Post:

    Bogertophis (05-19-2022),Homebody (05-19-2022)

  11. #6
    Bogertophis's Avatar
    Join Date
    04-28-2018
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    17,606
    Thanks
    24,052
    Thanked 16,013 Times in 9,852 Posts
    Welcome, Simon! So glad to hear he's doing well with you- what a lucky find for you both.
    Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.
    Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983)

  12. #7
    Registered User DatBoiAJ_'s Avatar
    Join Date
    07-21-2021
    Posts
    129
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 49 Times in 26 Posts
    Images: 14
    yeah just look for ticks or mites or you can soak him just to be sure..better safe than sorry

  13. #8
    Bogertophis's Avatar
    Join Date
    04-28-2018
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    17,606
    Thanks
    24,052
    Thanked 16,013 Times in 9,852 Posts

    Re: Hello! New BP parent here.

    Quote Originally Posted by DatBoiAJ_ View Post
    yeah just look for ticks or mites or you can soak him just to be sure..better safe than sorry
    @ lehx: There's a lot more to it than this- but do look him over for any mites (tiny moving specs, black/brown/red in color), & while unlikely, he could have picked up a tick also, & they're much easier to see than snake mites.
    Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.
    Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983)

  14. #9
    Registered User
    Join Date
    04-28-2022
    Posts
    4
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 9 Times in 4 Posts

    Re: Hello! New BP parent here.

    I checked him over really well the first week I had him and didn't see anything suspicious. I've been leaving him alone since then (so he could start eating reliably, then he was in shed). I'm going to try handling him this week and will check him over again during that!

  15. The Following User Says Thank You to lehx For This Useful Post:

    Bogertophis (05-25-2022)

  16. #10
    BPnet Veteran Luvyna's Avatar
    Join Date
    01-06-2019
    Posts
    808
    Thanks
    1,259
    Thanked 787 Times in 470 Posts
    Good luck with your new BP and welcome to the site! Glad that the lost snake has someone to take him in and that he wasn't found by someone who would harm him. Sounds like you're doing great so far and wishing you the best!

    When you're checking for mites, it's good to check under the snake's chin (there is this little fold of skin there), the heat pits, around the eyes, and around the vent which are all places mites like to hide.

  17. The Following User Says Thank You to Luvyna For This Useful Post:

    Bogertophis (05-25-2022)

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