Keeping ball pythons as a pet is a new fashion. They are pretty exquisite and look charming. But there are some difficulties in managing such a unique pet. This pet, unlike other pets, eat once in a few days, mostly once a week.
So you have to be extra careful to know if the ball python is eating properly or is it in good health. You have to consult the vet to make sure what should be the ideal weight of a ball python with every stage of its growth.
- 1 At what age the ball python should weigh 100 gm?
- 2 What is the average weight of the ball python?
- 3 How to understand if the ball python gets underweight?
- 4 How to know that the ball python is overweight?
- 5 How fast the ball pythons gain weight?
- 6 Average growth ratio as per age
- 7 The growth of head of ball python
At what age the ball python should weigh 100 gm?
As per the chart of ball python for every age, a 100 gm ball python should be the newborn one. The baby ball pythons usually weigh 65 to 100 gm.
What is the average weight of the ball python?
The fully grown and healthy ball python weighs 1400 to 1900 gm. The female ones are more huge in sizes, though they remain within the weight limit of 1900 gm, the starting point differs by 100gm.
How to understand if the ball python gets underweight?
If you are unsure that the weight of the ball python is okay or not, and if the snake has gone rickety, then check for these symptoms. Ridged back is something that is only seen among the weak and famished ball python.
Also, you can check if the belly is hallow, and the skin is not tightly wrapped, but hanging loosely. The jaw muscle also loses shape and eyes are seemed to be dug into the sockets. This condition does not appear suddenly. Rather it is a gradual process. So if you find any of these symptoms in your ball python, take better care of the creature and make sure all the needs of the pet reptile are being fulfilled.
How to know that the ball python is overweight?
In the case of ball pythons, assuming if it has gone overweight is not as easy as ensuring that it has gone underweight. The reason behind this confusion is, they are usually bulky bodied. Also, you may find the skin is pushing between the scales.
If you see fat wrinkles and a thick circumference can ensure that the ball python is overweight. Also, tail suck can be seen in ball python in such condition.
Ball pythons are hard to put on weight, as they usually stop eating before reaching the weight limit. But there are exceptions, and if it once gains weight, it is difficult to make it slimmer.
How fast the ball pythons gain weight?
Ball pythons gain weight gradually. It takes them one month to become weightier by 50 gms. One matured female ball python can weigh less than 1200 gm and its growth rate is low.
The owners who are experienced in handling ball pythons will be able to tell the age from different signs. A well-fed and healthy ball python looks much fresh and sickly or rickety ones look much aged. The size, weight, colour of their skin and head size make it easy to understand the age of a ball python is.
The weight of the ball python always stays stable and it grows with age. So along with the length and head size, this also should be checked to know if the python is growing well and leading a healthy life.
The rate of growth in female ball python is more than the male ball pythons so you can expect a female one to grow faster than male ones.
Average growth ratio as per age
As per the general chart provided by the vets and specialists, we can assume that the ball python weighs 65 gm to 100 gm after it is born. This weight is the same for a baby male and female ball python.
When the python reaches the age of 1 year, it weighs 400 gm to 600 gm, depending upon the individuality. The male and female one still weighs the same.
After reaching 2 years of age, the male ball python gains 200 gm and weighs a maximum of 800 gm. The female ball python gains much more and it weighs around 1000 gm at this age.
When the ball python becomes 3 years old and gets fully matured, it weighs 1300 to 1700 gm. This is the ideal weight of a male ball python, whereas the female one weighs1400 to 1900 gm.
After this age limit, the ball pythons gain a little amount of weight, and that is a regular process of their growth. This happens annually until it falls sick and the growth pattern is hampered.
The growth of head of ball python
The weight of the ball python also depends upon the size of its head, and the head also grows along with the age. Also, the head size of the ball pythons are much related to the size of the body and it continues to grow as long as the body grows.
However, at a young age, the head grows a bit more than the rest of the body, and this is why the head looks bigger among the young ball pythons. But with age the head growth reduces and it comes to a perfect ratio with the body.
If you find that the ball python is skipping the weekly meals and not moving much through the whole day, you should know that there is something wrong with this reptile baby. The weight usually deceases at the time of winter when they often go to hibernation. But not the ball pythons of every area go into hibernation.
If you are staying in a warm zone, your ball python will not be hibernating. Thus if you find the ball python getting skinnier day by day and looking lethargic, take it to the vet to make sure it does not lose weight for some ailment.
On the other hand, if you find the snake getting obese, as the body of the snake raise at every angle and it swells up when the body is twisted, then also take the advice of the vet and try to make the snake slimmer, by following proper diet chart given by the specialist.