ball python care in winter
September 17, 2009 6:46 AM Subscribe
Ball-Python-Care-Filter: How do we best care for our ball python during the cold cold winter?
posted by crapples to pets & animals (5 answers total)
We just got him in May and we absolutely love him. We have been lucky because he eats really well, and is great with the kids.
However, I live in the midwest and when winter comes it will be cold. Our house will regularly get down to 58 degrees at night and rise to no more than 67-68 during the day.
He lives in a 20 gallon-long tank. We have an under-tank sticky heating pad on one side of the tank, and that has been his only source of heat during the summer. So, I know that I will have to get a heat lamp for the winter.
My questions are these:
1 - Do I leave the heat lamp on 24 hours a day? Or can he handle a cold night as long as he warms up during the day?
2 - Should we change his feeding schedule during the winter (right now he eats a mouse every week, exactly. He doesn't mess around either! He grabs that thing within seconds of it being in the tank with him).
3 - Anything else I should know?
Thanks a lot.