Ball Python Enclosures

Ball python curled up

Did you know that your ball python can live to be 30 years old under proper care?

That proper care all starts with choosing a properly sized enclosure for your snake.

And that’s exactly what we offer you.

Sizes for a Ball Python Enclosure

Ball Pythons can grow to about 5 feet long by adulthood, so it’s vital that they have enough room to roam.

For adult Ball Pythons, we recommend our Model 433 Vision Cage and Model 332 Vision Cage.

If you’re housing a baby snake and don’t want to invest in a big cage yet, the Model 221 Vision Cage could be your pet’s first home!

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How to Set Up a Ball Python Enclosure

ball python in its fully set up enclosure

In the wild, these snakes are found in tropical regions in West and Central Africa. Specific areas they live are grasslands, open forests, and savannahs, usually by open water.

They will occasionally climb into a tree and hang from the branches, but they spend most of their time on the ground or in burrows left by rodents.

Read further for tips to design the most comfortable ball python enclosure!

Ball Python Enclosure Temperature

You need to maintain a consistent temperature gradient in the enclosure.

A Ball Python temperature gradient should consist of a cool side, a warm side, and a basking area.

Also, make sure to decrease the heat and lights at night.

What Temperature Should a Ball Pythons Enclosure Be?

  • Cool Side: 75-80°F
  • Warm Side: 80-85°F
  • Basking Area: 87-92°F
  • Nighttime Temperature: 70°F

Humidity Levels for Ball Pythons

Ball Pythons prefer a humidity level between 60-70%.

Our Vision Cages are great at holding moisture and maintaining the appropriate temp and humidity for a Ball Python. You can measure the humidity by placing a humidity gauge in the middle of your python’s enclosure.

Is humidity dropping below 50%?

You can increase humidity by spraying mist inside the cage twice daily (once in the morning and once at night).

Plus, we offer specific substrates and misters to help you maintain the required humidity.

Substrate for Ball Python Cages

We recommend finding a soil-based substrate to mimic their natural habitat, like ReptiSoil.

This bedding is made specifically for reptile cages as it holds moisture, drains well, is hard to ingest, and allows for burrowing.

Paper towels are also a viable option for snakes. This option is cheap, easy to replace, and safe for your pet.

However, paper towels don’t hold moisture well, you need to replace them more often, and it doesn’t provide a great cage aesthetic.

Avoid fine shavings and sand because snakes can easily ingest them.

Carpet is also not recommended because your snake can’t burrow underneath it. An environment without access to hides can be detrimental to the mental health of your ball python, regardless of its age.

Accessories for a Ball Python Enclosure

Ball pythons are semi-arboreal snakes, so they may climb into trees for foraging or resting. They like to burrow as well, so you should include accessories that fit both activities.

To mimic this in the enclosure, include branches and/or elevated services. These will be great for your python to relax in the warmth.

Also, ball pythons tend to be secluded, so adding hides and a deep substrate is recommended. Your snake will want cooler, darker areas to relax or hide when needed.

We also offer various food and water bowls for your enclosure. We have many sizes available so you’ll find one perfect for your snake enclosure.

More Options for Housing Ball Pythons

If you would like a much larger and more elaborate setup, visit our sister company, Custom Cages, and explore their enclosures for adult Ball Pythons.

Also, if your snake(s) is intended for breeding, we produce breeding rack systems for snakes, rodents, and more!