Meet Slider: Your New Cuddle Companion in the Fascinating World of Ball Pythons

| February 7, 2024

In the realm of exotic pets, the ball python stands out as a serene and captivating companion. Among them, Slider, a one-year-old ball python, is ready to weave his way into your heart. Known for his calm demeanor and striking patterns, Slider is the perfect addition to any home seeking a unique and fascinating pet experience.  

Personality Traits

Slider has earned a reputation for being a laid-back snake, a characteristic that makes him an ideal companion for those looking to explore the enchanting world of reptiles. His favourite pastime? Cuddling up in the hoodies of his human friends. 

Exploration and Retreat

Ball pythons, including Slider, are known for their curious nature. Slider enjoys exploring his surroundings, but he equally values finding snug and secure spots to curl up in. Whether it’s the cozy nook of your hoodie or a specially designed hide, Slider appreciates the importance of having a retreat for some quiet time. 

Handling and Trust-building

While Slider might be reserved initially, with patience and gentle handling, he can quickly develop a bond with his human companions. Ball pythons, in general, enjoy being handled once they feel comfortable in their environment. Building trust through gradual interaction is key to fostering a strong and positive relationship with Slider. 

Ideal Home Environment

To ensure Slider thrives in his new home, it’s essential to create a quiet and low-stress environment. As a member of the snake family, Slider benefits from a secure enclosure, at least 3 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet in size. Coconut bedding or reptile bark is recommended to maintain humidity levels and prevent mold. 

Temperature and Lighting

Maintaining the right temperature is crucial for Slider’s well-being. The enclosure should be kept between 26-30 degrees Celsius, with a warm side aided by a heat lamp that gives him a basking spot of around 34 degrees Celsius. A cool side with a UVB lamp is also necessary to provide a balanced environment. Regular monitoring of temperature and humidity using a thermometer and humidity gauge is vital. 

Wet Hide and Shedding

Slider, like all ball pythons, requires a wet hide, especially during shedding. Providing a safe and damp space allows him to facilitate the shedding process comfortably. Ensuring Slider has the right conditions during shedding is essential for his overall health and well-being. 

Proper Diet

Being a rodent-eating species, Slider has specific dietary requirements. Currently, he is offered a thawed out, previously rat every 10-14 days. Adhering to this feeding schedule ensures Slider receives the appropriate nutrients and maintains a healthy weight. 

Veterinary Check-ups

Just like any pet, Slider needs regular check-ups with a reptile-savvy veterinarian to ensure he is in top-notch health.  Regular veterinary visits are essential for addressing any potential health concerns and ensuring a long, happy life for Slider. With good health, Snakes can live up to 30 years. 

If you’re ready to embark on a unique and rewarding journey into the world of a snake pet parent, visit us at 11 River Street to start the adoption process to bring Slider, the charming and snugly companion, home.  

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