They may indicate the presence of a respiratory infection. We have had him for about 3 months now and the previous owner who had him since he was small I’m assuming said he was feeding a medium size rat every 3 weeks. Calm ball pythons move about slowly but purposefully. While experienced keepers are often able to accurately assess body condition, it is often difficult for novices to do so. Not all vets deal with reptiles, but you’ll need to talk to a vet over the phone to verify the symptoms and decide how to proceed. Thank you for reading this post on ball python behavior types and meaning. I have no idea how to help him feel safer at night and not afraid of me. Just head over to the vet and start trying to narrow down potential problems. Stress will weaken a ball python’s immune system, making them more vulnerable to infections like RI. She hasn’t come out of her hide yet unless I get in the cage to take her out. Lower than this and they stand a higher chance of becoming ill. Also, poor living conditions make respiratory infections more likely. This will help prevent them from becoming stressed. Ball pythons require basking temps of between 88° and 94° degrees Fahrenheit (31° – 34° C) and ambient temps of 78° to 80° degrees Fahrenheit (25° – 27° C) (never below 75° degrees Fahrenheit or 24° Celcius). She isn’t Aggressive Aggressiveat all she’ll get defensive but even when she does you can pick her up and she never hisses or bites. Ball pythons are generally great escape artists. Whistling, sighing, and forceful breathing isn’t necessarily a sign of illness. Regardless, if she just did it for a short time period, I wouldn’t worry too much. Again, I’m so sorry about your pet, and I hope he recovered. If you were to disturb your ball python while its digesting, it might appear nervous and breathe quite heavily—perhaps not loudly, but with its sides rising more visibly than usual. My question: is there a time frame for this? It will take some time to get rid of it on his own so I wouldn't expect much difference yet. I honestly don’t know what to say – I’m not sure if you’re serious or not.

She is active at night and seems happy when I hold her (I only do this occasionally to get a better look at her) but when she is in her tank and I look at her to check in her she seems scared because she breathes hard. They’re easy to spot against a white enclosure wall, but they’re very difficult to see on the dark portions of a snake’s body. But, if she’s healthy, I wouldn’t worry about it. Make sure to get tight hides for your ball python, that have only one opening.

Thanks for reading and sharing your question. A ball python can make various noises when it breathes.

To be more descriptive it’s much like he’s doin the wave but with his whole body and by himself. That’s especially true with new ball pythons, which need time to get used to their new home. Our website is compliant with GDPR and adverstising laws of United States. I just recently purchased my first ball python (have had it for 2 months) and he used to be pretty active at night. In either case, you’ll really just need veterinary help. If your snake is mature or nearly so (somewhere north of 400 or 500 grams), then he may very well be lookin’ for the ladies! Snakesforpets.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Discover everything you need to know about the ball python behavior. It’s common for a ball python to change the way it breathes in response to external stimuli. Stress – such as often occurs when bringing a snake home or transferring him to a new habitat – will often cause snakes to refuse food. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Begin with 2-5 minute handling during its active hours, daily or every other day. Keep an eye on it and see if the wheezing continues. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding.

I guess from rubbing n warmth. Ball pythons enjoy basking temperatures of between 88 and 94 degrees.

Hey there, Aephus.

Although she’s very socialized, it is her first few days living with us and I thought maybe the body vibrating has to do with stress. This heat lamp's input voltage is AC 90-120V, power is 100-Watts, full size is diameter 2.95 inch x height 3.94 inch.

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