Comment from: Cody [Visitor] Email
I was just wondering about some good ways to bond with my baby ball python...he seems really skiddish...i would like for him to trust me...
10/20/07 @ 10:22
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
Handle him for short periods of time and gradually increase the handling period. Check out our forum as well because we have a few threads that discuss this issue.
11/09/07 @ 02:34
Comment from: carley scannevin [Visitor] Email
i have a concern with my juv. ball
python...I've had her about a month,
she's eating well, is very
comfortable with me and other people,
and has a healthy living enviroment.
She shed a few weeks ago and was
having trouble. I left her alone for a
while then decided that she's not
really getting off anymore shed, so I
took action and started helping her by
soaking her in warm water and using
the scotch tape method. I managed to
get the caps off of her eyes which
was my main concern, and some of the
larger pieces. The end of her tail
however was the last part to shed-
for a while it was really hard and
tight and I couldn't get it off. I
decided a few days ago to give it a
try and finally get it off and I did.
However, when it did come off the
area was very red, and almost looked
like it was bleeding. A few days later
it's now cold, hard and looks really
irritated...I'm not sure what's
going on ?
12/02/07 @ 21:35
Comment from: dezyre [Visitor] Email
I was just wondering if it was ok that my ball python is constantly shedding?
12/16/07 @ 16:31
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
Please post your questions in our ball python forum, thank you.
01/02/08 @ 08:37
Comment from: Serena [Visitor] Email
I bought a baby ball python about 3 1/2 weeks ago and I cannot get her to eat she is my first snake to own and I am wooried about it. She is also going into shed I think her eyes are looking hazed over
02/26/08 @ 17:29
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
Serena: Check out the "Ball Python Articles" section of the website, lots of good articles, along with "Dealing with ball python feeding problems" that should address your questions and concerns in greater detail.
02/26/08 @ 17:37
Comment from: jamie [Visitor] Email
hi my name is jamie and a i ahve a ball python and he is shedding at least i think his eyes are all cloudy and i think he is shedding but he is not moving around to get it off is this a problem??
05/11/08 @ 15:15
Comment from: Harvey [Visitor] Email
I have had my ball python for over tow months has shed only once and it seems to have a dark metalic print on its head ...i just now put water in its tank about a month and half ago, damped the surpressed mulch and gave it a hie box and white light>>>can any one help with anything much does it typically cost to see a vet ...I NEED HELP!!!!
05/21/08 @ 22:07
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
Harvey: Check the vets listed on our site (see main page) and start from there. Best of luck to you.
05/28/08 @ 22:53
Comment from: benjammin [Visitor] Email
i have a 'hand me down' ball 7years old. he has struck at me 4 times now in 2 months! what is the deal... i handle frequently, but am now getting nervous.. i was recomended to up feeding schedual cus u can see his spine.... why my ball no love me?
11/14/08 @ 02:10
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
Benjammin: I'm not sure why you asked your question in this particular blog entry because your question has nothing to do with the topic. Please post your question in our ball python forum, thanks.
11/14/08 @ 02:22
Comment from: mike [Visitor] Email
i've had my royal for 2 months n its just shed the first time since i've had him n with sum difficulty as it being winter. but using the warm sponge bath method, the shed came off with sum ease. the thing thats concernin me is the retained eye cap thing. with him havin sum struggle, with rubbin his head the sheddin eye cap dented in n as the skin came off it doesn't look right. when the shed was comin off at the eyes, the eye it self lookd a bit dented n gave it a while. the dent went but the pupil doesn't look as clear like the other n lookin at the shed both bits of skin from the eyes were there. if i've got all the eye cap n its a bit damaged, will it heal next time he sheds or is there sum kind of membrane that could of been left.
12/05/08 @ 16:07
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
Mike: The eye is very sensitive and important so if you think something could be damaged near or on the eye you should consult the expertise of your vet at once. An infection could occur that can result in the loss of the eye or worse if the infection spreads. Best of luck to you.
12/05/08 @ 16:12
Comment from: Seth B [Visitor] Email ·
we have a house pet,which is a young ball python. he seems he has started his first shed. His eyes are a blueish-gray look. When we tried feeding him ywo days a ago he struck but did not eat. We knocked it up too his was shedding, but it as been a week now and no sign of actual scale shedding. I have got a bigger water bowl and postioned it directly under the heat lamp. nothing , from a little confused is he shedding or not, could it be something else that would make his eyes glazed and skittish.
12/09/08 @ 21:28
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
Seth B: If its eyes look anything like the one photo'd in this blog, it's entering a shed cycle. If the eyes don't look the same, your best bet is to post a photo in our ball python forum because I can't be of much help without seeing what your seeing. It could be a retained eye cap, cataract in the eye, blindness in the eye, etc. I can't say one way or another without seeing it. Hope this helps some.
12/09/08 @ 21:38
Comment from: suzanne [Visitor]
My daughter has a young ball python.
We got it right before Christmas.
The problem is this:
It's started to shed, eyes fogged up...everything seemed normal until we were told not to feed him.
The last time this snake ate was 12-17-08. We were told to feed two weeks from that date. Well, he started to shed and hasn't eaten due to this process.
Now, he's SUPER skinny!!!!!! He looks very sickly and helpless. Should we offer food everyday till he eats??
01/05/09 @ 19:39
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
Suzanne: Post a photo of your ball python in our ball python forum. I can't be of much help to you without seeing what you're seeing.
01/06/09 @ 04:33
Comment from: Paris [Visitor] Email
I hope this is the correct place to post this...It is about shedding... I recently aquired a ball python that belonged to my ex boyfriend, he had to leave and couldn't take the snake with him and it was not being properly cared for so i took it in. The reason i am providing you with this background is because before i got him the snake had been lost, was in a terrible environment, was having trouble shedding, and was very thin. Now he has a tank a hiding rock a large water bowl and a heating pad and eats well and consistently. He is the most friendly snake i have ever encountered, he even lets me touch his head and face without pulling away and nuzzles my ears (if you could call it that). My problem is this: he seems to be constantly and incompletely shedding. I got new bedding added water and other things to increase the humidity but nothing has seemed to help. and before he has removed the last pieces of his previous shed he seems to start shedding again! (He continues to eat well and has never refused a meal) I'm confused and just very afraid that i am doing something wrong as i love him very much. Does it sound like i ought to take him to the vet or could overhandling be the problem, or something else? Thanks for your help sorry this is so long.
01/07/09 @ 21:11
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
Paris: A trip to the vet wouldn't be a bad idea, especially with the background you've provided on the animal. Incomplete sheds are usually humidity related but they can be the result of trauma to the skin, high internal parasite load, etc. The following link to another one of my blog entries will provide more suggestions and tips for improving sheds during this dry winter season and the following link if you need help locating a reptile vet near you
01/07/09 @ 21:57
Comment from: nathaniel [Visitor]
is it ok to hold your ball python every day
01/17/09 @ 17:37
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
nathaniel: It's best to give them time to themselves when they're in shed or within 24 hours of having fed.
01/18/09 @ 17:31
Comment from: barb [Visitor]
why does my ball urinate?
02/01/09 @ 12:18
Comment from: gabriel [Visitor]
my ball byrhon is about 10 months old
he only shed about 4 - 5 weeks ago
and he has got milky skin and milky eyes already
is he shedding?
02/09/09 @ 10:18
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
gabriel: Based on what you've described I'd say he was.
02/09/09 @ 13:19
Comment from: keith [Visitor]
After ny snakes last shed, had whiteish marks still on it's skin. It's been a few weeks and still the same. I've tried to feed it twice and won't except anything,it's been 3-4 weeks since last feed. Now it is kinda acting weird and I'm starting to worry.
02/12/09 @ 23:01
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
keith: Post photos of your ball python in our forum at Unfortunately I can't be of much assistance to you without seeing what you're seeing.
02/12/09 @ 23:10
Comment from: Mike coulter [Visitor] Email
I have a year and four month female ball python I raised since she was six weeks old. She's still skiddish and I've held her since I had her. Why is this?
02/19/09 @ 16:58
Comment from: dakota [Visitor]
my ball python gots the skin off of its head but it is not trying to get the reat of it off.why?
04/20/09 @ 12:26
Comment from: Stephanie [Visitor]
This information helped so much. Ive had my snake for a year now and I had no idea he was shedding poorly. Im definetely making changes right away. Again thank you so much.
04/20/09 @ 21:12
Comment from: Dina W [Visitor]
I recently made humidity boxes for most of my guys (and gals) and they love them! One of them just had and almost complete shed! It all came off of the snake but broke in 3 pieces during the process. Never thought I would be so excited over snake skin!
05/06/09 @ 10:09
Comment from: malvin [Visitor]
05/11/09 @ 19:38
Comment from: Joe [Visitor]
Jari, its a 50/50 chance. You will or you won't. If you do, you must have a whacked BP because they are very friendly and are not supposed to bite.
07/06/09 @ 11:28
Comment from: Mark Williams [Visitor] Email
Hi Ron, just a little query. I have a royal python, i was told he was 4 years old but i think he may just be 3ish as he's still growing and shedding more frequently than a full grown adult royal. anyhow, he shed his skin yesterday, had a little trouble around the head but a bath sorted that out. he's still pink on the belly though which has me thinking it is starting a new shed cycle already. Whats you're opinion on this?
07/06/09 @ 14:18
Comment from: brian [Visitor]
A friend gave me a new born python it didnt even have its first shed yet nor will it feed i was told it wont eat till after its first shed? is this true? and how long does it take a baby to have its first shed? and do there eyes milk up like a older python? thanks
08/07/09 @ 08:22
Comment from: tara [Visitor] Email
I have my baby ball python and I am worried for her but I am more worried if I try to help her it may hurt her. But after he shed she could not get it to come off around the head and eyes and in fact it is still there. Idk what to do really I soaked her in warm pillow case 10minutes at time and and a good protion came off but theres still a lot on her head and eyes. And in about 3 or so more weeks it will be time for next shed. What should I do?
08/28/09 @ 13:16
Comment from: Brittany [Visitor]
Thank you very much for this useful advice! I never realized my ball python was shedding poorly. I've had her for a few months, and she has been eating regularly and shes very friendly. I was concerned with the humidity, but figured that the house was humid, and the bedding seemed to be able to retain moisture well. Also I have a large water dish so she could bathe.
She's got a heat rock right now (I didn't have the money to buy new lights and heating pads at the time), but I'm definitely sure it hasn't injured her in any way. Making changes tomorrow when I head over to see her. A trip to the pet store to get some humidity/temperature gauges, and a heating pad or lights. Thanks again.
09/23/09 @ 16:04
Comment from: Ron Crawford [Member]
Brittany: I blog'd about "heat rocks" and why using them may not be such a good idea. You can do a search here for "heat rock" to read my article.
09/23/09 @ 16:16
Comment from: markb [Visitor] Email
i have a ball python and it went through it's first shed since owning it, it all came off but the skin was in three clumps under where he hides. could it have been just because he was laying where it came of or is that a sign of bad shed? there's no old skin on him at all. i tried straightening it out but no luck, just curious to know as long as it all comes off, it's ok. thanks
11/11/09 @ 18:30
Comment from: Jimmy [Visitor]
I bought a ball python about 8 months ago. He had a mite problem, which was taken care of immediatly. But he seems to constantly be sheding incompletely. He is always in a shed and it is always flakey. He has never struck and always eats. Is there a specific light i should be using? I was told that they do not require lighting is that true? What is the proper temp? I got 80 on one side and 70-75 on the cold side. I have a corn snake in the same room and she sheds whole, and on time. HELP!!!
11/29/09 @ 18:00
Comment from: Tyler [Visitor] Email
My 1 year old ball python has been sheding for 1 month now and i was woundering how to make him shed properly just wait until the next shed cycle
12/23/09 @ 19:59
Comment from: scott [Visitor]
i have had a femal ball python for about a month now and she is entering her first shed cycle since ive had her. i dont know how far along she is but i would guess about a week. her eyes are dry and crusty looking as well as her head. and her skin is milky and real wrinkly. i have been using a spray bottle to mist her cage. when should she begin to shed? oh yeah and she has only eaten once since ive had her. should i try to feed her during her cycle?
01/08/10 @ 14:07
Comment from: scott [Visitor] Email
my baby ball python has been in its shed cycle for almost two weeks and hasnt shed yet. she has only eaten once since ive had her and she hasnt eaten in almost three weeks. should i try to feed her or or will it disrupt her shedding???? please help me
01/11/10 @ 21:22
Comment from: Donny [Visitor] Email
I've had my ball python for 10 months. Recently he has stopped eating. Maybe once every 3 weeks. All he chooses to do is lay around by the heat rock in his cage. I have been conserned about him. Today when I picked him up I thought he was dead. He's barely moving and feels very dry. He hasn't shed in about 2 months. What could be wrong? I am sure this isnt normal because he used to be alot more active. Please help me I'm afraid that I am going to loose my snake. Thank you
01/22/10 @ 13:35
Comment from: scott [Visitor]
my baby ball python hasnt eaten in over a month!!! what the F! help!!! the ony thing ive seen her eat since ive had her is a gerbil but where i live they dont have ones small enough for her to eat. ive tried small hamsters and mice. the place i got her from gave her a rat pinkie and thats what i tried recently and she hasnt eaten it yet. whats going on? how long can she go without eating??? im really worried i love this snake
01/30/10 @ 11:17
Comment from: Patrick Galloway [Visitor]
i have had two ball pythons for at least 4 years, and one of them has always had problems shedding. he is also very skinny and he wont grow, i feed them very often and the other one has grown a lot, but this one worries me. he is very skinny and wont shed... WHAT SHOULD I DO?!?! (should i keep him???)
02/02/10 @ 10:26
Comment from: Micah [Visitor]
I have a ball python now for just a couple of days. I actually bought him about three weeks ago and he's been at a temporary home. He just shed, and close to the end of his shed cycle, I moved him from his temporary home to mine. I'm sure that stressed him, but he seems to be doing fine. Except he still has a little skin left on him, about an inch down his body, including his head. He noses the glass on the tank a lot, and he's very active. I don't want to try the bath thing if he's still stressed or still trying to get it off himself. To make matters worse, he hasn't eaten since last Thursday. I'd like to feed him, but I don't know what to do. Could someone please help me? Oh and btw the vet is out for the weekend. I tried calling but of course they weren't there...
02/27/10 @ 11:40
Comment from: Jorge [Visitor]
My ball phyton cut herself while sheding. he/she rubed too hard and cut herself. What should I do?
03/24/10 @ 19:43
Comment from: camden [Visitor] Email ·
plz help my ball i not shedding propperly baths kinda help i changed bedding and everything and nothing seems to work i have a corn snake and she has no problem shedding i also mist him
04/07/10 @ 00:59
Comment from: Dallas [Visitor]
My sister just moved away and gave me her ball python for now and he is going through his shedding soon, but how many times does he shed in a month
05/31/10 @ 10:29
Comment from: Brittany James [Visitor] Email
I had got my 3 month old Ball Python about 1-2 months ago and just found out that she had got her fangs taken out. it makes me wonder if she dose okay eating like that because i have never really seen her eat because she wont eat unless it is dark meaning that i have to put a blanket over her cage. But she seems to be doing okay so i am not to worried about it anymore. she is almost 4 months old and is already 3 feet long and her cage is about 12 feet long and about 3 feet wide and i am wondering if anyone could help me out because i have heard that a Ball Python can get as big as their habitat and if that is true i need to get a smaller cage for her because i would be afraid that she would try to eat me or something. lol just kidding. but yea my Ball Python has been shedding for about a week 1/2 now ans she still has lots on her tail and 4 inches up i am going to try to lay her in the bath tub tomorrow but for now i will let her sleep ans i am going to do the same thing so good night snake lovers i will read some more about you soon xoxoxo love:*Brittany James* from:Indiana
07/10/10 @ 02:57
ok my ball python is about two months old and going through his first shed, he isnt doing very well at it, i have tried the luke warm baths, up the humidity a bit, he doesnt seem to be able to remove the old skin from the top of his back. the baths dont seem to be helping, the old skin seems like it just isnt ready to come off. is there anything i can do to help or should i just wait until he sheds again?
07/12/10 @ 22:41
Comment from: john [Visitor]
my two month old ball python started shedding last week and it wouldnt all come off just on the head but in pieces he eats fine and i mist his cage we even gave him a luke warm bath what could it be he seems to be acting normal i am just worried thanks.
08/12/10 @ 14:20
Comment from: ben [Visitor]
my ball python seems to be bleeding on his belly. not exactly sure why. there is a dark wide line that starts halfway down his belly and goes pretty much all the way down with what looks like cracks or cuts across it. i noticed it while checking why he wasnt sheading normally. what can i do to get him healthy again?
01/09/11 @ 21:13
Comment from: Maddie [Visitor]
I just got my first snake, a baby ball python about three weeks ago, and its eyes look all milky, and its skin looks dull, so i think he is shedding. he has always opened his mouth every once in awhile, like he is yawning, but when I looked in on him today, and i noticed the milky eyes, dull skin, ect. He was doing it way more than usual, is this normal? also i read that their underside should be pink, but his doesnt seem to be pink. last thing, sorry about the longness, the two times ive fed him while ive had him, he hasnt refused any food, but i dont know if he will refuse food while he is shedding, my mom will probably not let me keep a mouse if he refuses it, so will it hurt him if i dont feed him while he is shedding? thx
04/05/11 @ 22:50

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