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 bulbs, x2
- Combo deep dome lamp fixture
- Plug-in lamp dimmer
- Programmable power strip with digital timer
- Coconut fiber substrate
- Sphagnum moss
- Heavy water bowl (large)
- Hides/Caves (at least 2, should be a tight fit)
- Enrichment items (thick branches, plants, cork logs/flats, flagstone, etc.)
- Infrared thermometer
- Digital thermometer/hygrometer
- Repashy Calcium Plus LoD supplement
- Feeding tongs
- Appropriately-sized frozen rats or Reptilinks
Approximate cost before prey or ball python purchase: $820 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 experienced 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.
- 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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