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Among the reptile community, ball pythons are known to be one of the more notoriously picky eaters. It may raise concern with new or future reptile owners with little experience but can usually be remedied quickly with some of these techniques.


How was your snake previously cared for?
If this is a reptile you have not yet purchased, consider asking the breeder or previous owner what and how they fed their snake or contact them...

Short answer: No.

Ball pythons are not a species that are seen regularly soaking in their water bowls.
With that in mind, if your ball python is often seen soaking in their water bowl it is most likely a sign of something incorrect in their husbandry or something wrong with the animal.


The top three reasons a snake may willingly soak in their water bowl are:

  • Temperature is too high and they are trying to cool down

  • Humid...

Note; if you have a very young gecko, it may be hard to tell the difference between male and female.

The Cloaca
Geckos, like most reptiles, do not generally like being flipped over. The easiest way to check the cloaca is by placing them in a clear glass tank or on top of a glass table to observe from underneath. You may also want to try lifting them above your head but be mindful of sudden bursts of energy that may allow your g...

Though many people are concerned with the odds of a snake escaping their enclosure and slithering around as they please, it must be acknowledged that it is possible but is much less common than what is mostly believed. Most news articles about snakes are about them escaping and usually end in someone being bitten, swallowed whole, or some other negative connotation. These articles make for great news because snakes are one of...

Whether or not you can keep leopard geckos housed together can be a controversial subject.

Multiple Males

Though housing leopard geckos together is a controversial subject, housing multiple male leopard geckos together is not. Most people know not to house male leopard geckos together because of how territorial they can be. Housing them together almost always results in them fighting or stressing each other to the point that one...

1. Low maintenance setups. Kenyan Sand Boas are from very dry and arid places, so they need very low humidity in their enclosures. People have personal preferences in terms of tropical, moderate, or dry desert setups, however generally speaking, unless you’re in an area with very high humidity naturally, it’s easier to maintain the dry variations. For example, in an area such as North Carolina where the humidity ranges between...

There are two types of wild caught reptiles. The first being animals that are mass-imported from other regions for profit, and the second are animals individuals go out and catch on their own and keep. Today, we're talking about the second type. Make sure to watch the video below for even more information on this topic!

Keep in mind, I do keep a few wild caught reptiles and amphibians -- I'm not saying you should never keep the...

Shell rot is an unfortunately common issue in turtles, even though it's easy to avoid. It begins to develop when semi-aquatic turtles don't get proper basking areas or heating (red ear/yellow belly sliders, map turtles, etc.) or when terrestrial turtles are in too humid or damp environments (box turtles, tortoises, etc.). These environments mean the shell of these turtles never actually get to dry out, allowing this mo...

Spoiler: No. People feed their snakes in different enclosures for two reasons. The main concern is that a snake will go into "feeding mode" when you open and reach into their usual enclosure if they are fed in that same space. Then, once the enclosure's open, they may bite you after mistaking you for prey. For this reason, people suggest that you move your snake to another enclosure before feedings so they don't associate thei...

Here's a list of 7 items that come in very handy when keeping reptiles and amphibians, compiled and used often by GoHerping! A few of these items are on the pricier side, however, it will be worth it in the long run to invest into any of these products.

Etekcity Lasergrip 1080
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This infra-red temp-gun is really useful when it comes to checking hot spots, cool sides, and any other temperatures in your re...

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