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Royal Pythons are one of the most popular pet species in the UK because they are gentle and easy to keep. They are beautifully marked and are now being bred in many different colours and patterns. Royal Pythons are sometime referred to as Ball Pythons, when they are scared they will roll into a ball with their head well protected in between its coils. They grow to around 1.2m long and are a heavily built snake, with a very gentle nature.
We recommend that all pythons are kept in wooden vivariums as they are better insulated than plastic or glass ones. For hatchlings, we recommend a 36-inch long vivarium, then upgrading to a 48-inch or larger vivarium once they reach adulthood.
One defrosted mouse or rat should be fed to hatchlings on a weekly basis. When the python has matured, you can then start feeding it fortnightly instead. Any food given to your python should be no bigger than the largest part of the body.
Enclosures should be cleaned regularly, removing any waste as soon as possible. Regularly clean the enclosure, water bowl and all cage furniture with a reptile safe disinfectant.