Snake growth

Asked December 11, 2017, 11:31 AM EST

How long will a ball python grow a week on average?

Furnas County Nebraska

1 Response

Thank you for your question. I don't have any information on how much a snake can grow in a week. In terms of annual growth, a ball python generally grows approximately a foot per year for the first 3 - 4 years. There are several variables that affect growth, including the amount you feed and how often, the temperature and humidity at which you maintain your snake's environment, health of your snake, etc. Also, just like people, individual snakes grow at different rates.

An excellent reference for everything you always wanted to know about ball pythons (Python regius) check out the following reference:

Barker, David G. and Tracy Barker. (2006). Ball Pythons: Their History, Natural History, Care and Breeding. Boerne: VPI.

Hope this answers your question, and thank you for contacting Ask an Expert.

Jim