Ball Python Tank Size?

One of the most important parts of caring for a ball python is having an enclosure large enough to house them comfortably and tall enough to allow them to climb at their leisure.

For baby and juvenile ball pythons under 3 feet long, an enclosure of 10 to 20 gallons in size is sufficient. Ball pythons have thick, stocky bodies, square snouts, and flat heads.

In captivity, however, breeders have produced ball pythons with a wide range of colors and patterns. Due to owners releasing their pet ball pythons, there is now a tiny feral population living in the Florida Everglades. The ball pythons natural (and preferred) habitat is grasslands, savannas, and slightly wooded areas.

In this natural habitat, ball pythons experience high humidity levels and both wet and dry seasons. Female ball pythons prefer to spend much more time on the ground than their male counterparts. As nocturnal reptiles, ball pythons spend their days hiding out in underground burrows and emerging when the sun sets to hunt for prey at night.

In the wild, ball pythons are solitary creatures, meaning they live and hunt alone, so even in captivity, they should permanently be housed separately from other snakes. Since were acquainted with where ball pythons come from and their lifestyle and natural habitat, we can better understand their specific tank requirements. Some people believe ball pythons get stressed in larger tanks and prefer to be housed in cramped enclosures.

Ball pythons need plenty of space to move around, climb branches, exercise, and experience mental stimulation, and if you deny your ball python of this adequate space, it can grow extraordinarily overweight and get other health problems. So follow these tank size requirements carefully to ensure your ball python stays happy and healthy. And if youve purchased a baby or juvenile ball python, make sure to regularly check in on its size to ensure you upgrade to a new tank when needed.

Also, remember, for baby/juvenile ball pythons, its best to start with a small tank and move to a larger one when they grow (as opposed to jumping straight to the largest size) since they feel more secure and safe in an enclosure suited to their size. The minimum tank dimensions for a hatchling ball python (up to 300g) is a 10-gallon enclosure or tub measuring around 20 x 11 x 13. If youve been wondering how big of a tank a ball python needs, we hope this article answers your question!

When purchasing a ball python tank, the main thing to keep in mind is to ensure it has enough space to move around, exercise adequately, and get mental stimulation.

Is 40 gallon big enough for ball python?

If you get a baby you will only need a 10 gallons to start with and if you chose an adult a 30/40 gallons is all you will ever need. Use the rule of thumb the enclosure should be 2/3 of the length of your Ball Python.

What is a good size tank for a ball python?

Habitat/Housing. A baby ball python can be housed in a 10-20 gallon tank, but an adult will need an enclosure that is a minimum of 3 or 4-feet long, such as a 55-gallon tank.

Well… .lets see here do you want to allow your snake to grow to it’s full potential or are you going ot stunt it’s growth by keeping it in a tank that is as small as a 40 gallon. I have my two itty bitty garter snakes in a 40 gallon tank and currently have my baby ball python in a 55 gallon and when it gets older I will most likely up grade it to a 100 gallon tank. But see I have a mover a shaker for a baby and I do not want to limit too much the amount that my snake can move around, and I am not planning on limitting how big it can get.Well… .lets see here do you want to allow your snake to grow to it’s full potential or are you going ot stunt it’s growth by keeping it in a tank that is as small as a 40 gallon. I have my two itty bitty garter snakes in a 40 gallon tank and currently have my baby ball python in a 55 gallon and when it gets older I will most likely up grade it to a 100 gallon tank. But see I have a mover a shaker for a baby and I do not want to limit too much the amount that my snake can move around, and I am not planning on limitting how big it can get.Originally Posted by zhang317

1 baby normal ball python (male- Rios) 1 baby spider ball python (female – Missy) 1 albino checkered garter (male – Little Dude) 1 checkered garter (male – Hudinie) 1 albion checkered garter (female – Rescue) Ball pythons can be nervous in large spaces if care isn’t taken – though every snake can react differently.

Starting nervous snakes in shoebox tubs or 10 gallon tanks will help with the security issues if they suffer from them. You might need to move to something a bit larger if you have an extra huge breeder female. Just so you know, ball pythons aren’t the best display snakes so you will most likely be staring at a bunch of fake plants and no BP.

ya i have my female in a 20L and i am still wondering whether shes gona get big enough for a 30 or 40. its a waiting game lol

There is a common misconception about ball pythons that large enclosures stress them out, and they prefer to be crammed in tiny, dark plastic boxes where they barely have enough room to move or even stretch out. THIS IS A MYTH and this approach to ball python care often leads to severely overweight snakes with poor muscle tone and no sources of mental stimulation or enrichment.

Brief Intro to Ball Pythons

Before we dive into the ball python’s specific tank requirements, let’s learn a little more about these snakes to understand better why they have specific tank requirements.

Ball Python Characteristics

Ball pythons are medium-sized snakes.Their maximum length capability is around 6′ feet long, but typically they stay within the 2′ to 4′ feet range.Female ball pythons grow longer and larger than male ones, averaging lengths of around 3′ to 5′ feet., while males typically only grow 2′ to 3′ feet long.Ball pythons have thick, stocky bodies, square snouts, and flat heads.Their coloring is typically a dark brown base with light brown or golden flecks and an ivory underbelly in the wild.These subtle colors help camouflage them for hunting and hiding from predators.In captivity, however, breeders have produced ball pythons with a wide range of colors and patterns.

Ball Pythons Natural Habitat & Lifestyle

Ball pythons (known in Europe as “Royal Pythons”) are native to western and central African countries like:Although originating in Africa, they have become quite popular today as pets, so they are now found in captivity worldwide.Due to owners releasing their pet ball pythons, there is now a tiny feral population living in the Florida Everglades.

Ball Python Tank Safety Tips

Since we’re acquainted with where ball pythons come from and their lifestyle and natural habitat, we can better understand their specific tank requirements.First, we want to address two common misconceptions about ball pythons.First, adult ball pythons do NOT prefer small, cramped spaces.Some people believe ball pythons get stressed in larger tanks and prefer to be housed in cramped enclosures.THIS IS FALSE.Follow into this article to learn about other aspects of how stress affects ball pythons.Second, ball pythons do NOT only grow as large as their enclosure.Ball pythons will keep growing as large as they are supposed to, no matter their enclosure size.Learn about how long it takes ball pythons to grow.Ball pythons need plenty of space to move around, climb branches, exercise, and experience mental stimulation, and if you deny your ball python of this adequate space, it can grow extraordinarily overweight and get other health problems.So follow these tank size requirements carefully to ensure your ball python stays happy and healthy.And if you’ve purchased a baby or juvenile ball python, make sure to regularly check in on its size to ensure you upgrade to a new tank when needed.Also, remember, for baby/juvenile ball pythons, it’s best to start with a small tank and move to a larger one when they grow (as opposed to jumping straight to the largest size) since they feel more secure and safe in an enclosure suited to their size.Check out our picks for the best ball python enclosures.The minimum tank dimensions for a hatchling ball python (up to 300g) is a 10-gallon enclosure or tub measuring around 20″ x 11″ x 13″.For juvenile ball pythons less than 3′ feet long, provide a 40-gallon enclosure measuring at least 36″ x 18″ x 18″.Adults and subadults over 3′ feet long do best in a 120-gallon tank measuring 48″ x 24″ x 24″ or larger.However, if you choose a different tank size for your adult python, ensure at least 8 square feet of floor area and at the minimum 2′ feet of vertical space for climbing.

Types of Ball Python Enclosures

ReptiFiles recommends the following brands of glass enclosure:ReptiFiles recommends the following brands of PVC enclosure:

Put a Lid on It

It’s best to choose a front-opening enclosure without a screen top, as these help maintain humidity and make accessing the snake much easier (and less startling for the snake). If for some reason you must use a glass enclosure with a screen top, cover part of the screen with plastic or aluminum foil to keep humidity in.If you are using a top-opening enclosure, be sure to get lid locks; like many snakes, ball pythons can be expert escape artists, and it can be very difficult to find a small snake hiding in your house.If you are using a tub, choose one with a latching lid (and don’t forget to drill holes in the top/sides for ventilation and regulating humidity.