I’ve always wondered why are ball pythons usually a new keepers first snake?
Is it because of the variety of morphs available? Because so many people produce them each year they are more available overall? Or because they are relatively tame from the start or they take less work to tame down if they are defensive? Or could it even be because as adults, they stay a manageable size overall?
For some issues they can create, as picky eaters and highly stressed snakes if husbandry is off, why do so many choose this species as a good beginner snake?
With many common kept colubrids, why don’t more people start off with a species from that pool instead of jumping in with balls?
Ball pythons for me are a fun species to keep, a little boring most the time, but still fun. At the same time there are many others I find to be more interactive during handling and much more fun to watch feed. Which are the 2 top reasons I keep snakes.
What are some of your opinions or info you all have on balls as a first snake? Do you think other species are overlooked with the popularity of balls? Or do you think it’s completely justified as why they are so popular?
Always has been a curious thought of mine, and I’m interested to hear different views and opinions on the matter.