Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Essential Ball Python Supplies

Here's a list of some essential Ball Python supplies that you will need to create the perfect Ball Python enclosure. You could go print out this page to make a checklist, or have them delivered to your home straight from pet supply websites. I suggest you only buy Ball Python pet supplies from petshops, not actual Ball Pythons, no offense to any petshop owners, but most petshop Ball Pythons are in very poor health.

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Natural look integrates into any type of terrarium. Steps prevent crickets and terrarium animals from drowning Non-porous and smooth surface will not absorb harmful bacteria. Made from food grade resin that's very stable and easy to clean.

Big enough water dish for baby Ball pythons(or larger Ball Pythons for the larger dish) to soak in, also a good if you need to raise humidity in your Ball Python's Enclosure. Just put under your heat lamp or near your undertank heater to raise humidity levels. This is a must have, if you don't care about looks, then you can just use ordinary dog dishes or containers.

Exo-Terra® Water Dish - X-Large

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Exo-Terra&reg Water Dish - X-Large
Exo terra's Water Dishes have a very natural and realistic rock finish on the outside and a smooth non-pitted surface on the inside. The bowls are coated to prevent the development of harmful bacteria and make it easy to clean. The neutral natural colour allows easy integration in desert, tropical or any type of terrarium. Smaller reptiles, amphibians and insects can easily escape out of the Water Dish by the 'safety steps' inside the bowl to prevent drowning. Natural look integrates in any type of terrarium Easy to clean Steps prevent crickets and terrarium animals from drowning Non-porous and smooth surface will not absorb harmful bacteria Made from food-grade resin Very stable, not easily tipped over by larger reptiles X-Large Water Dish measures approximately 10" x 8" x 3" (L x W x H).

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All Living Things&reg Round Hygrometer
An easy and accurate way to measure the humidity in your reptile's habitat. Includes one self-adhesive hygrometer. Installation Instructions: Clean a small area on the wall inside the habitat where you would like to attach the hygrometer to measure the humidity. Peel the protective label off the adhesive pad and press the hygrometer firmly onto the habitat wall. It's a good idea to put the gauge in an easily visible place. Note: Misting may be required to maintain proper habitat humidity.

Essential for Ball Python enclosures, not knowing how the humidity levels in your Ball Python enclosure causes stress, shedding in patches and retained eye caps.

All Living Things? Thermometer & Hygrometer Combo

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Includes one Thermometer and one Hygrometer. To use, simply clean a small area in the habitat, peel the protective label off the adhesive pad and press the thermometer and hygromemeter onto the habitat wall.

Thermometer and hygrometer combo. Both essential. If you own a temperature gun, then you don't need this thermometer, as the temp gun is way more accurate.

T-Rex® Terra Tube for Frogs, Snakes & Lizards

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Natural wood log cut in half lengthwise into a tube shape. Creates a hiding place and refuge for your frog, snake or lizard. Promotes healthy shedding. Misting promotes surface moss growth. Ideal for naturalistic vivariums to provide native habitat and security. Available in Small & Medium sizes.

Approximate Dimensions: Small - 7"L x 6"W x 2"H Medium - 7"L x 8.5"W x 3"H

Perfect Ball Python hide, also looks good in a well built Ball Python Enclosure. I suggest you buy an appropriate size for your Ball Python, tighter it is, the more your Ball Python will feel secure.

Zilla Fresh Air Screen Cover With Center Hinge

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These Fresh Air terrarium covers are designed specifically for the unique needs of reptile environments. Constructed of tough metal mesh to withstand the clawing of the largest pets while providing the healthy oxygen exchange cold-blooded reptiles need. Perfect for habitats that require frequent access, the hinged hood allows entry without the need to lift a lighting hood. Black mesh stands up to the high temperatures heating bulbs generate. Long lasting black steel frame keeps its shape through years of daily use. Features: Allows essential air flow in reptile terrariums Hinge eases use with lighting hoods Withstands high temperatures from heating devices Hinged for easy access, built for solid security

You need a secure fitting top like this, don't worry too much about the vents, that can easily be covered with a towel. Choose an appropriate size for your Ball Python Enclosure.

Stone Cave with Ledge Ornament

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Stone Cave with Ledge Ornament
Crafted authentic stone design features a deep cave that provides an ideal chamber for fish & reptiles to explore. Made of durable and poly-resin. Safe for all freshwater & saltwater aquariums, terrariums & reptile environments. Dimensions: 10"L x 7"W x 10"H.

Another Ball Python Hide, I still like the natural wood log more, but this would look awesome under the heat lamp, making it a basking spot and hot hide, just to give your Ball Python enclosure variety.

ESU Reptile Bark Bends

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There's almost nothing a reptile enjoys more than basking near a heat source, that's why they love Bark Bends. They give reptiles close access to the heat for basking, yet allow them to descend quickly to ground level cover. Bark Bends are handcrafted of from non-toxic resin with natural looking colors and textures; they're long-lasting and easy to clean.

Another hide preferably for the hot side/basking area of your Ball Python's enclosure. Fits well with the other wood log hide, and makes a perfect basking area. For those that want to keep your Ball Python's enclosure in theme. Be sure to pick the appropriate size.

Zoo Med Repti Bark

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ZooMed Repti Bark Cage Litter is an ideal substrate for humid terrariums because of its ability to absorb and release moisture to assist in regulating humidity. It conducts and evenly distributes heat and encourages natural burrowing and digging activity. And it's economical, too! Soak in hot water every 2-3 months to clean and freshen; replace with new bark at least once a year, or when heavily soiled.

Besides newspaper, this is the only substrate (started with shredded coconut bark) I used for my Ball Python's enclosure. It's good at maintaining humidity, and honestly just looks good because I think it complements the normal Ball Python morph. Plus it smells great.

ZooMed Repti-Therm Under Tank Heaters

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ZooMed Repti-Therm Under Tank Heaters are an excellent primary heat source for temperate, terrestrial reptiles and as a secondary heat source for tropical and desert reptiles. The heaters permanently adhere to your terrarium, forming a solid bond for better heat transfer. They contain a solid state nichrome heating element and are UL/CUL approved. Heaters range from 4 to 24 watts and cost almost nothing to operate. Includes rubber feet to slightly elevate your terrarium to allow excess bottom heat to escape. Additional Information For Terrarium use only. Not for aquariums. For indoor use only. For use on glass terrariums only. Do not use on wood, plastic, acrylic or any other type of terrarium except those made of glass. Can be used with a thermostat and/or in conjunction with an additional heat source for higher temperature species. Full one year manufacturer's warranty. Great for use with temperate, terrestrial reptiles such as king snakes, corn snakes, gopher snakes, rat snakes, many geckos, some amphibians, small skinks, small nocturnal lizards etc. Use as a secondary/night time heat source for tropical and desert reptiles such as boas, pythons, bearded dragons, iguanas, turtles, tortoises, monitors, etc.

T-Rex Cobra Heat Pads

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The favorite heat pad of European herp owners is now available in America. Cobra Heat Mats warm your reptile and his surroundings just like the sun and are excellent for use at night. Flexible and durable, these mats are made of reliable, accurate copper elements. They provide uniform, evenly distributed heat at a constant 100&deg F. T-Rex Cobra Heat Mats are perfect for use with all reptile and amphibian species. For heating most snake species and invertebrates, T-Rex Cobra Heat Mats are excellent as the sole heat source. Ideal for glass or acrylic aquariums. How Heat Mats Work T-Rex Cobra Heat Mats are made from incredibly reliable and accurate copper elements. They produce ultra-long wavelength infrared heat that tends to heat furnishings in the cage rather than the air. Similar to the sun, this method of heating has the ability to heat anything that it strikes while maintaining a low air temperature. Heat mats provide a very gentle warmth, which the animal can sit under or on top of. Used under normal conditions, the mats cannot burn the animal.

Alternative to using heating bulbs, heat rocks should NEVER be used as an alternative heat sourse, only heating bulbs and under tank heaters

ZooMed Repti Basking Spot Lamp

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Put your reptile in the spotlight with this unique, patented double reflector that focuses 35% more heat and light into a tight beam for better basking. Provides the UVA rays that are beneficial to the psychological well-being of all reptiles. Lasts approximately 2,000 hours with average use.

Select the appropriate wattage for your Ball Python enclosure, I can't give you any exact watt because I don't know where you're from.

ZooMed Stainless Steel Feeding Tongs

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These 10" long stainless steel tongs are an ideal and hygienic way of giving food items to your reptile, bird or fish.

You DEFINITELY need this. Especially those who are terrified of getting bit by their Ball Python, this easily saves you from being mistaken as the prey item when dangling that rat.

Exo Terra Repti Heat Incan

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This porcelain clamp lamp with glow reflector provides a long-lasting luminous, reflective glow. It gives you the versatility of placing heat or light where needed. Sturdily constructed with a metal reflector, heat-resistant 150-Watt ceramic socket, and a spring loaded swivel head clamp.The inside of the reflector has a highly reflective coating that continues to glow after the lamp is turned off. Ideal for use with all types of incandescent light bulb or ceramic heat emitters. Available in 3 different sizes.
A fixture for your bulb, pick the appropriate size for the top of your Ball Python enclosure

T-Rex Black Heat Lamp

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High -quality T-Rex lights replicate your reptile's natural environment. All bulbs have a brass base, a built-in heat shield, and last an average of 2000 hours.

Heat lamp which doesn't emit any light. Should be used at night to give your Ball Python 12/12 cycle if you are not using an undertank heater. Select the appropriate wattage and remember it should be less than your day light heat bulb.