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Necessities

Some things you should have on hand for general maintenance and first aid include: Nolvasan (Chlorhexidine diacetate) for cleaning enclosures and disinfecting food and water bowls, litter boxes, tubs, sinks, your hands, etc. Betadine (povodine/iodine) for cleansing scratches and wounds. Set aside a food storage bowl, feeding and water bowls, soaking bowl or tub, even sponges, to be used only for your snake.

Enjoy yourselves

You have a companion that will be a part of your life for a great many years if taken care of properly. They should remain alert and active well into their old age. The main causes of death of snakes in captivity are directly related to their care: improper temperatures, contact with heating and lighting elements, no regular access to water, lack of necessary veterinary care and treatment, careless handling--all things for which we, as their caretakers, are directly responsible.

Places to Go, Things to See and Learn

Join your local herpetological society where you can meet other reptile owners, learn more about your ball python, and find an experienced reptile veterinarian in your area.

Kaplan, Melissa. 1996. Ball Pythons.

© 1996 Melissa Kaplan

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