Ball Python

Asked January 21, 2020, 11:56 PM EST

So my husband got a baby snake so they said we got it from pets mart for free because they said that it wasn’t leaving and that had to force feed it. Well we took a vet they said it had a infection and to give medicine every 3 days and feed a pinky at the same time. It’s done with the Anita biotechs but we still have to force feed by hand. My question is how much longer do we have to force feed it and will it eat on it’s own?

El Dorado County California

1 Response

Thank you for your question. First of all, has your snake recovered from the infection? Your vet should be able to determine this. If the snake is still sick, it will probably not eat on its own.

It can be difficult to get ball pythons to eat on their own, especially young ones. Your vet should be able to give you guidance on getting your snake to feed on its own.

This species can be very shy and easily stressed. There are steps you can take to reduce stress, for example, ensuring you don't have the snake in a cage that's too large. A baby ball python is fine in a cage the size of a 5-gallon aquarium. Also, ball pythons need a hide box where they can conceal themselves. This will make them feel more secure. They also need appropriate temperature and humidity. The following links will take you to a care sheet and an article on feeding ball pythons, both adults and babies, that should provide helpful information:

I hope this information helps, and thank you for contacting Ask an Expert.