Banana Ball Python Care Sheet for First-Time Owners

Banana python is one of the many morphs of ball pythons that are selectively bred. They are well known for their beautiful bright colors.

Banana ball pythons have bright yellow blotches with dark freckles.

The first morph was produced in West Africa and sold at $25,000 in 2003.

However, since then, breeders have successfully bred more of these morphs. Thus, the price of one morph has gone down to $150.

Banana ball pythons are docile, hardy, easy to handle, and beginner-friendly. Thus, if you want to be a snake pet owner and don’t know which snake, to begin with, Banana ball pythons make perfect pets.

In this article, we will teach you everything you need to know to care for your banana ball python.

What is a Banana Ball Python?

What Is A Banana Ball Python?
What Is A Banana Ball Python?
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A banana ball python is a kind of ball python morph with either brown or tan base colors. And, bright yellow blotches across the body.

These snakes are similar to any other ball python except for the coloration and patterns. Banana ball pythons grow to an approximate length of three to five feet. 

The first morph was accidentally produced in West Africa in 2003. Since then, breeders have successfully been breeding more morphs of banana pythons.

Currently, there are over 20 different morphs of the banana ball python. They include:-

  • Banana spider
  • Banana Pied
  • Cinnamon Banana
  • Banana Clown
  • Black Pastel Banana
  • The Banana Enchi Spider
  • Bumblebee Mojave Banana
  • Banana Spider Mojave
  • Banana Fire
  • Pastel Banana
  • Rainbow Banana

Banana ball pythons are non-venomous and constrictors. Thus, they suffocate their prey rather than poison with a bite.

Banana ball python’s original habitat is in West Africa. Thus, their natural habitat is hot and only experience short rainy seasons.

Therefore, you should ensure that you provide adequate heat, high humidity, and plenty of hiding spots.

The best size for an adult ball python enclosure is at least 30 gallons. 

In West Africa, Ball pythons are considered symbolic of the earth by some tribes. Thus, they are buried with respect when they die.

Sudden moves can agitate the banana ball pythons. However, these snakes are tamable. Thus, you can slowly teach them to be handled.

Even so, remember that ball pythons prefer to spend most of their time hiding. Thus, it would be best if you would limit the handling session to avoid causing them stress.

When ball pythons feel threatened, they curl their bodies in defense. And, form a little ball shape, and thus their name “ball python.”

These beautiful creatures can have a long life span of up to 30 years in captivity. Additionally, they are hardy and easy to handle. Therefore, they make perfect pets for beginners. 

What We Like About Banana Ball Python

What We Like About Banana Ball Python
What We Like About Banana Ball Python
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Pros 

  • Banana ball python snakes come in bright yellow banana-like colors that make them attractive.
  • They are hardy snakes that require little effort to maintain. Thus, they are beginner-friendly.
  • These beautiful creatures can be with you for a long time since they have a long life span of about 20-30 years.
  • They come in many color and pattern variations.
  • You can breed these morphs with other selected mutations to create unique, colorful morphs.

Cons 

  • Banana pythons spend most of their time hiding in the wild. Thus, it requires a lot of patience and practice before handling them.
  • Banana snakes require a large enclosure. The enclosure should be at least 60 gallons and over.
  • They are carnivorous animals that require you to feed them entirely on rodents. Thus, if you are musophobia, ball pythons might never be your ideal pet.

The Banana Ball Python Appearance 

Banana Snake Appearance
Banana Snake Appearance 
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The banana ball pythons are normal ball pythons that are selectively bred to create color and pattern variations. 

It is easy to identify ball python from other morphs as they have a unique coloration. They can be identified through their tan body and bright yellow spots.  

Banana ball python’s lack of typical black or brown base color due to an incomplete genetic mutation.

They have small heads and chunky bodies, and smooth scales. Banana pythons just like most other ball pythons shed once every four or six weeks.

Their eyes become milky, and their scales loosen during the shedding process.

Color Variations and Markings 

There are plenty of banana python morphs, and breeders continue creating more. But, the most common has a tan base and bright yellow blotches with dark freckles.

On the other hand, the coral grow, which is very similar to the basic banana python has a pink base instead of tan.

These two morphs are the same genetically except that they were bred by different breeders, and thus the little difference. 

Banana Ball Python Size

Male and female banana pythons look alike except for their size. They are both medium-sized snakes.

Even so, females appear larger than males. While males grow to an approximate length of 2-3 feet, females grow from 3-5 feet.

However, for juveniles and babies, the weight and the size remain equal for males and females.

During the first three years, the banana ball python growth remains at one foot per year.

Here is a table showing the average size of banana pythons size depending on their age

Age Female Male 
Length (feet)Weight (grams)Length (feet)Weight (grams)
Baby banana python1ft 45-70145-70
Juvenile 2ft 200-7002ft200-700
Adult 3-5ft1000-17502-3ft1000-1500

Banana Ball Python Care Sheet

Banana Ball Python Care Sheet
Banana Ball Python Care Sheet
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Good health and long life in ball pythons can only depend on how well you care for them in captivity. Thus, in this section, we will teach you how you can help your banana ball python thrive in captivity.

Banana Ball Python Diet

Banana ball pythons are carnivorous. Thus, they only feed on meat. 

In the wild, ball pythons hunt for mice and other rodents across the dessert. Therefore, even in captivity, you should ensure that you provide a similar meal. 

The best size of the mouse or rodent to feed your banana python should never be bigger than the broadest part of its body.

While some pet owners prefer to feed their ball pythons with live rodents, some might end up hurting your pet. Thus, it would be better to feed your banana python with a frozen rodent.

However, you should warm the mice to room temperature before feeding it to your banana ball python.

How often should you feed your banana ball python?

Baby and juvenile banana pythons need to feed more frequently than adult snakes. Therefore, you should feed your baby and juvenile pythons at least one mouse every 5-7 days.

For adult banana python, you should only feed it one mouse every 7-10 days.

Remember not to use your hands to feed your snake. The best way to feed your snake is by using tongs and ensuring that you wear gloves to avoid being bitten.

Additionally, don’t forget to add water in your ball python’s enclosure. The water bowl should be wide and shallow to allow the snake to soak comfortably, but without drowning.

Ensure that your banana ball python’s water is fresh, and clean all the time.

Ball Python Lifespan and Health

Banana ball pythons can have a long life in captivity. These creatures are known to live in captivity for up to 30 years. They are also hardy, and they rarely get sick.

However, poor husbandry can cause health issues to banana ball pythons. Some of these issues that are related to poor habitation include-

Respiratory Infection

Respiratory infection is a common health problem in snakes and most other reptiles. It can be caused by:- 

  • Inadequate humidity 
  • Wrong substrate 
  • Bad sanitation 
  • Inadequate temperatures 

Respiratory infection symptoms include:

  • Breathing with mouth open
  • Wheezing sounds
  • Both mouth and nose discharge

Mouth Rot

It is yet another health problem that you could encounter in your banana ball python. The vet must treat mouth rot in banana ball pythons through antibiotic prescriptions.

Some of the most common symptoms of mouth rot are:-

  • Smelly mouth
  • Mucus drainage from either or both mouth and nose
  • Pink or red wounds 

Skin Infection

Mites and ticks mostly cause skin infection. To ensure no mites in your banana python’s substrate, you can consider freezing the substrate and then microwaving it before use. 

Luckily, mites and ticks can be physically identified as they are visible via the naked eye. They attach themselves in the snake’s skin and look like black spots.

You can treat snake mites and treats through using safe-snake spray to eradicate them.

Anorexia 

It is one of the most common health problems in banana ball pythons. However, it is not a disease but a symptom.

Several issues can trigger anorexia in reptiles. However, poor husbandry is the primary cause of anorexia.

To treat anorexia in your banana python, you must first identify the underlying issue. 

Weight Management

Over-feeding your banana ball python can cause overweight. You can tell if your ball python is overweight by observing its middle section and neck. Overweight ball pythons appear large in their mid-body and also have scales all over their necks.

Signs of a Healthy Banana Ball Python 

  • Bright eyes 
  • Alert and alert
  • Eats regularly 
  • Smooth and healthy skin

Symptoms of a Sick Banana Ball Python

  • Lack of appetite 
  • Difficult in breathing 
  • White discharge in mouth and nose
  • Rubbing their heads
  • Lethargy 
  • Weight loss 

The Banana Ball Python Enclosure

Banana Ball Python Enclosure
Banana Ball Python Enclosure
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The banana ball python natural habitat is in the deserts of West Africa. They are hardy snakes that thrive in captivity.

Banana ball pythons are lazy and prefer to hide most of their day. Thus, in captivity, large enclosures can cause them stress. 

So, What Size Should You Get for Your Banana Ball Python?

If a too large size can cause your ball python stress, then you should get an enclosure for your snake depending on their age.

For instance, a 60-gallon cage is adequate for an adult banana python, but it’s too large for a baby or juvenile.

Therefore, to get the best size for your banana python, you should ensure that it has the same length as your python. And has a width and height equal to quarter your python’s length.

Thus, the best size for baby banana pythons is 10-15 gallons, 15-20 gallons for juveniles, and 30-60 gallons for adults.

There are varieties of ball python’s enclosure available in the market. They all differ from the size and materials. You can choose whichever material feels best for your pet. 

However, to make the enclosure comfortable and suitable for your ball python, you must include:-

  • Substrate 
  • Basking light
  • Hiding spots
  • Heating 
  • Adequate humidity
  • Accessories 

Substrate 

Substrate refers to the snake beddings. It allows the banana pythons to burrow in and also maintain humidity in the enclosure. 

The best substrate for banana ball pythons is cypress mulch or orchid bark. Cedar and sand substrates are dangerous as they can cause respiratory infections if inhaled. 

Basking Light

Basking light is essential for providing adequate heating in the python’s enclosure. Banana ball pythons require a thermal gradient cage, a basking spot, and a cooling zone.

The basking spot temperature should be 88-920F. It provides heating and sunlight nutrients to mimic their natural habitat.

The cooling spot should have a lower temperature of 75-800F. It is critical to include it in the enclosure for your python to cool off.

Heating 

During the cold seasons, the basking light might get too low, especially during the night. Thus, it is critical to ceramic heat emitters to provide adequate heating.   

However, you should ensure that whichever source of heat you will be using does not touch your banana python’s skin. 

Humidity 

The best humidity for banana python’s enclosure is 50-60%. 

Inadequate moisture can cause your ball pythons shed problems. And, too much humidity can cause respiratory infections.

To ensure that your snake’s enclosure has required moisture, you can use a digital hygrometer. If the humidity is too low, you can either add a humidifier or mist the enclosure using a spray bottle every day.

Hiding spots

Lack of enough hiding spots for your banana ball python can cause it to feel stressed. Thus, you should include at least two hiding spots, one in the basking area and the other in the cold spot.

The hiding spots for your banana python’s hiding spots should be big enough to fit in, but small enough to make it feel clutched.

Accessories 

Ball python accessories, also known as enrichments, include plants, background décor, water and food bowls, basking rocks, and branches.

They are all essential to make the banana ball python comfortable and stress-free. Including accessories in a ball python enclosure helps to mimic the natural habitat and reduce stress in captivity.

Cleaning and Misting 

Poor sanitation can cause ill health to banana ball pythons in captivity. Thus, it is critical to ensure that you provide a clean environment for them free from feces and urine.

To make this possible, you remove feces as soon as the snake poops and regularly change its beddings.

You should also ensure that you clean the water bowl at least once a week using soap and water.

Additionally, you should thoroughly wash the snake’s enclosure using 5% bleach every two weeks. However, ensure to rinse the bleach as it is toxic to snakes. 

Typical Behavior

Banana ball pythons are nocturnal animals that only come out at night to hunt. During the day, they remain hidden except when they need to bask.

When they feel threatened, banana pythons curl their bodies into a ball with their head at the center. 

They are never aggressive, and they hardly bite unless they feel threatened. Banana ball pythons are non-venomous, but you should wash and disinfect the wound immediately if they bite.

Adult banana pythons are territorial, and thus, they cannot be housed together unless during mating. 

To track their prey, banana ball pythons use scent, vibrations, and chemical traces. They can also use their forked tongue to maneuver around.

Do Ball Pythons Like To Be Handled?

Yes, ball pythons tolerate handling as they are naturally docile. However, the handling should be in moderation, as too much handling can cause them stress.

When you introduce your ball python to a new environment, it is critical to give it time to get used to their new home.

Therefore, you should not try to handle it at least for the first few weeks. Later, you can gradually try to handle it, but just once a week.

After your pet starts to get comfortable around you, you can now handle it more frequently, but in moderation.

Before the handling sessions, make sure to wash your hands with soap and water. Again, hold your ball python with a grip but without over squeezing. Too much pressure on it can cause stress.

Additionally, don’t handle your ball python a day or after feeding it. Ball pythons do not like to be bothered after their meal.

Even though juvenile banana pythons tend to be timid, they eventually get used to handling when tamed.

Baby Banana Ball Python  

Banana ball pythons lay eggs. Thus, their young once are born from eggs.

A banana ball python egg weighs approximately 70-100gms. They adhere together and only separate four days before hatchling. 

For the ball python’s eggs to hatch, you must provide an adequate temperature ranging between 86-800F. The humidity must also be high.

Banana ball python breeding occurs only once a year. And, 1-11 offspring are produced in a single clutch.

While mating in ball pythons can be difficult, you can typically trigger it by dropping the temperature in their cage and avoid giving them food.

When the babies are hatched, ensure to separate them immediately as they are territorial animals.

Amazingly, baby banana pythons do not feed until their first shed happens after two weeks. They only grow a foot per year, and base colors darken, but their yellow banana spots remain unchanged.

Buyer’s Guide

Unlike before, when the banana ball pythons were rare, they are now readily available in most snake pet stores and breeders.

Before choosing the right snake for you, you should ensure that the snake has clear eyes without any visible bones.

It is also necessary to try to handle the snake before purchase. Some pythons can be temperamental, especially if they have had a bad background or a poor handler.

Thus, it is important to ensure that your ball python is calm and alert.

How Much Is A Banana Ball Python?

 How much to buy your banana python depends on the morph you want. Some like scaleless bananas can be quite expensive. However, if you only want a basic banana morph, it will cost $100-150 for a juvenile and $200-300 for an adult.

Banana Ball python facts

Scientific Name Python Regus
Popular California kingsnake
Size 2-5ft 
Lifespan 20-30 years in captivity
Diet Rodents
Humidity 50-60%
Temperature 75-960F
Tank Size 10-60gallons 
Price $150 and above 

Summary 

Banana Ball Python Pinterest Pin
Banana Ball Python Pinterest Pin
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Banana ball pythons are beautiful, docile, hardy, and have a long life span. Thus, they make lovely pets for beginners.

They rank second most loved snake pets after the corn snakes. Their docile nature and bright yellow blotches make them adorable.

If you would love to own one of these beautiful pets, make sure you are ready to provide them with a suitable enclosure, adequate temperature, and humidity.

Also, you should ensure that their enclosure includes enrichments such as basking rocks, background decors, artificial plants, and a suitable substrate.

Banana ball pythons though typically docile, do not like to be handled frequently. Thus, you should limit the handling sessions and completely keep off when they seem stressed.

Don’t forget to choose that calm and alert snake that allows you to handle it when buying your pet.

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