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Breeding

  • Do your spiders wobble?
    The fact that the wobble is linked to the spider gene is undisputed. The causes are unknown and the degree to which offspring will display a wobble is not consistently predictable. Many ball python keepers suggest that all spiders wobble to some degree. While most spiders do exhibit some degree of wobble our experience suggests that not all do.  Unfortunately that still isn't a guarantee that these spiders don't wobble.  It is quite possible (and likely) that we just have not observed the behavior. We always look for signs of a wobble before selling any animal carrying the spider gene and we try to be as up-front and honest as possible.  Some spiders have a very minor wobble while others seem to have serious motor control issues. We always try to disclose any wobble we have noticed. Because a wobble is not always present from birth we are not able to provide guarantees about the development (or lack thereof) of a wobble in the days, weeks & months that follow the sale. The reason why some spiders wobble more than others is not known. Most people consider the wobble to simply be part of keeping spiders ball pythons. There are many people who have many different theories but little is known for sure. We are unaware of any proven, wobble-free, line of spider ball python. The best approach a buyer can take is to buy a spider with the least amount of wobble possible.
  • In what morph projects do you think I should invest?
    Please read this article I wrote on picking an investment ball python morph.
  • How old do my ball pythons have to be before I breed them?
    While age is a factor most people use weight as the metric to determine breeding readiness. There are variations but most people will agree that a male ball python should be a minimum of 700 grams prior to breeding (some say 500 grams). Bigger is not necessarily better with males but size and maturity may help a male endure the breeding season better than a smaller young male. Be warned: a male ball python will breed himself to death. All indications are that his desire to reproduce is stronger than his desire to tend to his own health. It is up to the keeper to monitor the health of the male and not let him get too run down during breeding season. Female ball pythons should be about 1,500 grams before breeding. Some people will try to breed females at 1,200 grams but the success rate is much lower at this size. It usually takes 18-36 months to raise a female to this size. As always there are occasional exceptions to this. Older, more mature, ball pythons have a tendency to lay larger numbers of eggs but this is not a given. You should expect an average of 5-7 eggs. Some females may lay larger clutches (in the 10-12 egg range).

Business

  • Do you ship outside the United States?
    Currently, no.  We are working to become an international shipper and are hopeful that the process will be completed in the next few months.  Please visit our International Shipments page for the most up-to-date information on our international shipping status.
  • Can I come visit your facility?
    Our facility is not open to the public.

Feeding

  • What does ECRB feed its ball pythons?
    All of our ball pythons are fed live food. We do not offer fresh killed or frozen/thawed food to any of our animals. While many of our customers prefer frozen/thawed and do not have any measurable difficulty in getting their animals to switch we do not guarantee when or if they will do so.

Husbandry & Breeding

  • How often should I feed my ball python?
    Every 7-10 days if you are keeping it as a pet.  Slightly more often if you are raising it as a breeder.  Most ball pythons do not eat when in full shed (exceptions do exist).
  • In what size enclosure should I keep my ball python?
    In general we believe that smaller is better, especially with young ball pythons. A 6 quart shoe box is more than sufficient for a hatchling ball python. Without ample space to hide placing a baby ball python in a ten or twenty gallon may cause them to stop feeding. In the wild ball pythons are most often found in small, dark recesses (frequently underground). They are mostly crepuscular creatures and usually thrive when given a small cage with a good hiding spot. Human beings tend to like large living quarters. Snakes are not human and do not share our affinity for a large place to call home. Don't inflict your desire to have a large house on your snakes.
  • Can I keep two ball pythons in the same cage?
    While it can be done we do not recommend it. The health of each animal is easier to track and maintain when each animal is kept in a separate enclosure.
  • What does ECRB feed its ball pythons?
    All of our ball pythons are fed live food. We do not offer fresh killed or frozen/thawed food to any of our animals. While many of our customers prefer frozen/thawed and do not have any measurable difficulty in getting their animals to switch we do not guarantee when or if they will do so.