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Old 07-27-17, 10:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Breeding. The basics am I doing this right?

So I've just got my first pair of ball pythons they're both babies about three months old and weighs about 75 to 85 g each sorry about the texting but I am speaking into my phone so I hope everything comes out the right way anyway I was thinking of just posting my breathing method here real quick because I want to know is it OK for me to try as early as two years from now or should the female definitely be three years old ? I was thinking for the first two weeks of October to reduce the temperatures to an Ambien of low 80s high 70s during the day low 70s all around at night and no more heat pad so basically just leave them in the low to mid 70s for about two months then in January start to increase it again until it's back in the mid-80s for daytime in the high 70s at night with the basking spot of 90 to 95 this entire time introducing the mail once a week for three days and letting him rest for the other four days I'm just curious is all that information correct and when is it that you actually see ovulation and how many days until they do their's pretty lady Schad and other things like that I'm just trying to get some opinions and some methods from you guys before I start breeding mine for the first time I have always owned large snakes including reticulated python Suriname Redtail boa and Burmese python that I have had ball pythons in the past but I've never bread any snakes so far. Nice to join the forum
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Old 07-28-17, 03:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Breeding. The basics am I doing this right?

Babies? Breeding? Slow down...not so fast!! You have years of waiting before you can breed the female--males can breed sooner, as early as a year old, but the female takes longer to mature.

In the meantime, take your time asking more pointed questions about each step of the breeding process as you get closer to the first mating cycle, and not unload a whole wall of text and trying to cram multiple questions about the whole breeding process into a single post.
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Old 08-03-17, 01:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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At a safe, healthy growth rate the female should be about 3 years old before breeding, and also weighing at least 1500g. You've got a long way to go yet before even worrying about breeding. Give it a lot of time and thought before going through with it as well. Remember that you'll be stuck with the babies until they're sold (unless you're keeping them). Even then, with ball pythons, a lot of people are breeding them. So you should expect to have the babies for a while. If you've never gone to a reptile show before, I encourage you to. You'll see there how many people are breeding ball pythons (about 80-60% of the snakes at the show are ball pythons).
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Old 08-03-17, 08:04 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum. While reptile reproduction is a exciting endeavor and spectacle that really never gets old there are basic principles that need to be adhered to. Research and experimentation will be your greatest contributors to your success. While you seem to have a working knowledge of what breeding entails, fine tuning that knowledge is something we all are doing. Lowering temps in conditioning ball pythons for breeding is controversial. Age and weight of your females need to be considered before pairing them. Initial factors will have a bearing on clutch size and viability of any eggs.
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Well I was just asking about breeding because I want to do it down the line I am very experienced with python and boas I have had reticulated python Burmese python and anaconda and so on. I know very well what I'm doing and how to take care of them how much to feed and all of that I was just wondering to three years down the line if someone could give me their breeding process I just like to know as much as possible until the time comes such as when do you start to call him. When do you introduce this next to each other when do you bring the times back up things like that I'd really like some input thanks everyone
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Old 08-10-17, 02:27 AM   #6 (permalink)
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For Ball pythons, a cooling period isn't really necessary from what I've heard. If you look at their climate, it's pretty much the same temp year round. So it makes little sense to put them through that process.
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