Ball pythons have an innate need to perform natural behaviors such as foraging, mating, and avoiding predators, including us; Captivity limits this ability. A domesticated species is a group of animals that, over the course of thousands of years, have undergone a process of genetic modification through many generations of selective reproduction by humans to emphasize certain desired traits. In general, domestication involves changes in both appearance and behavior, which distinguishes it from its wild counterparts. Some captive-bred ball pythons may look different from their wild counterparts, but they still have the same biological and behavioral traits. Many people don`t know how close we are to constantly losing our rights to our own reptiles and most exotics. For years, groups like PETA, HSUS and many others have spent millions of dollars in court and continue to push disinformation into the hands of government officials and news sources who have the power to create bans and “safety lists.” The proposed banned lists are often far-reaching, banning entire genera of species, with no real idea of the animals on which they are blacklisted. Put on lists harmless animals such as ball pythons and crested geckos next to tigers, pit vipers or many other animals, often very dangerous and already illegal to keep. Essentially, the initial cost is usually around $350, while the current operating costs are around $150 per year. So ball pythons aren`t extremely expensive pets, but they`re not incredibly cheap pets either. Below we will cover in more detail the cost of owning ball pythons. It is not possible to get a python ball to eat “snacks”. Unlike many other snakes, ball pythons do not eat crickets or eggs.
These are common snacks for other types, but don`t bother trying your python ball on them because they don`t want them. Other species can eat fish, but even here the ball python does not. Many caregivers have the mentality “Who cares if my pet is banned, I`ll just hide it.” Unfortunately, the bans (and inaccessible permits that Canada likes to offer) further create this mentality, which in turn harms animals. An example of this is that you cannot take an illegal pet for veterinary treatment. This can cause neglected animals or humans to release their animals into the wild. (Which is illegal and cruel.) Another natural behavior that makes this animal popular in the exotic pet industry is its tendency to curl up in a ball (hence the python ball) when it feels threatened or stressed, rather than actively defending itself as other snakes might do. This natural behavior that helps them survive in the wild has been remarketed by the exotic pet industry, calling these animals “docile” and subjecting them to exploitation. Watch our channels for more content that highlights the trade in wild and captive-bred ball pythons, and share this page to raise awareness about the plight of ball pythons. Read the full report: Suffering in Silence: Exposing the Cruelty of the Global Ball Python Trade  Barker D, Barker TM (2006) Ballpythons: Their History, Natural History, Care and Breeding. Barker published by VPI Library.
Reptile bans are not new to Canada or the United States and affect you. In most laws, there is no definition to distinguish between animals caught in the wild and animals bred in captivity. Everything is marked among exotics and wildlife. Some laws in Canada give a list of the few animals that are not considered wild. Let`s be clear here, the only animals considered domesticated are cats and dogs. There are different rules for livestock and some for birds approved by the farm. But a pet guinea pig? Ferrets for children? They are exotic animals. Python ball? Third, fourth, 100.
Generation of reptiles bred in captivity? 100% considered a WILD EXOTIC animal. Over the years, the misunderstanding of ball python behavior has led to the false perception that ball pythons do not have special wellness needs and can thrive in restrictive environments where there is a lack of adequate stimulation.