Ball pythons are one of the most popular snakes to own. It is one of the more calm, non-aggressive snakes out there, and it is pretty unlikely to cause fear or harm. If you are unfamiliar with the ball python you may be puzzled as to why it is so popular, and why so many people are becoming owners of it. This article will give you three clear, distinct reasons why the ball python is so heavily beloved.
Reason 1: It’s Small and Docile
The length of a ball python is usually around 3-5 feet (although, with specific breeding, it may grow longer) in length. The average lifespan of a ball python has been known to peak at 50 years, but it is often much shorter (because of the adverse ecological conditions), so it may live 30-35 in the wild, and about 20-30 years as a domestic pet. The ball python is calm and approachable. They rarely bite; they rather curl into a ball (hence, the name) and hide. This makes ball pythons excellent for novices who have never owned a snake before.
Reason 2: They Breed Excellently
One of the most awesome facets of the ball python is the result that comes when unique breeding occurs. The newborn snake is then called a morph ball python, as its appearance is divergent than other serpents. What makes these mutations so unique are the lively, often vivacious colors, and the beautiful, rearranged patterns. If you want a mutated ball python, the best methods for accomplishing this are listed below.
Artificial selection is, by far, the most specific of methods, albeit not the most natural. This is also one of the more time consuming, as it can take anywhere from a few months to years (generations, even) to produce the desired trait. As aforementioned, the trait would take a while to develop (possibly, a very long time), but if you want an exact mutation, look no further than artificial selection.
Dominant and co-dominant breeding is very common— far easier and faster than artificial selection. For dominant breeding, only one of the parents bears the one, coveted gene. When the new snake is produced, the snake will look very different than the standard ball python.
A simple recessive mutation occurs when both of the parents have the specific, wanted gene.
Reason 3: They’re Great For Entire Families
Families love the ball python. Whether it is the docility or the appearance, owner, and their families (if the owner has one in the household), become quite attached to the snake. Children love them (ensure that the child treats the snake with care), and parents, though they may be a bit squeamish, are often swayed into liking them. There are simply few pets, snakes or not, that are more “cool” to have than the ball python. And there are few that are as beloved. If you never considered owning a snake before, the ball python will provide an awesome, first-time owner experience.