ReptiFiles’ Ball Python Starter Kit
For your convenience, we have put together a list of supplies that ReptiFiles personally recommends for the health of your new pet ball python, as well as your own peace of mind. In other words, we did the shopping for you! ? Just pick one option from or click the link for every category.
Click the link for each category to see which specific products we recommend.
- 48″x24″x24″ front-opening PVC enclosure
- 22″ T5 HO Forest UVB bulb
- 24″ T5 HO UVB light fixture (may contain forest UVB bulb)
- 90-100w halogen flood heat bulb
- 8.5″ dome heat lamp with dimmer
- Programmable power strip with digital timer
- Sphagnum moss
- Heavy water bowl (large)
- Hides/Caves (at least 2, should be a tight fit)
- Enrichment items (thick branches, plants, cork logs, flat rocks, etc.)
- Infrared temperature gun
- Digital thermometer/hygrometer
- Calcium supplement
- Appropriately-sized frozen rats or Reptilinks
- Feeding tongs
- Digital kitchen scale
Approximate cost before prey or ball python purchase: $680 USD
Keep in mind that everything should be purchased and set up BEFORE you get the snake. This will save you a lot of stress, and does your new pet a big favor, too.
We also recommend finding an ARAV-certified reptile veterinarian in your area. It’s always better to do a little bit of research when nothing’s wrong than to find yourself in a panic when your pet gets sick. Start here: Finding the Reptile Vet of Your Dreams.
Downloadable Shopping Lists
Do you prefer to have a physical shopping list in hand as you peruse your favorite independently-owned pet shop? We like shopping lists too, so we made one that you can either pull up on your phone or print out:
- Introduction to Ball Pythons
- Your Shopping List
- Terrarium Size & Lighting Guidelines
- Temperatures & Humidity
- Substrate Options
- How to Decorate the Terrarium
- Feeding Your Ball Python
- Handling Tips
- Health & Diseases
- Additional Resources
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