In order to provide your ball pythons with the optimal environment and proper care, an enclosure is absolutely essential things. In this post, we are going to talk about the basic things that you need to consider when choosing and preparing your ball python’s home and you will look over our top 2 picks for best ball python enclosure: Carolina Custom Cages Terrarium Extra-Long vs REPTI ZOO Reptile Glass Terrarium.
We highly appreciate Carolina Cage since we do not find any dislike point about this cage. However, it is much more expensive than other ball python cages available out there.
#1 Cage sizing
At first, you have to choose the enclosure has a suitable size for your ball python. Generally speaking, an adult ball python (over 3 years old) needs an enclosure at least 36 x 18 x 18 inches, equivalent to a 30-40 gallons tank.
If you want your ball python to have large space for growing, then consider Caroline Extra-Long Terrarium since it is generously sized to accommodate adult pythons and even some decorations. It measures 48L x 18D x 18H inches. This size makes it perfect for a ground-dwelling ball python.
Repti Zoo glass terrarium measures 24L x 18D x 18H inches. It is slightly smaller at length than Caroline Extra-Long cage. This dimension is large enough to house an adult ball python.
#2 Design and Secure
The best enclosure for ball python should be convenient design and secure since snakes will always prefer to escape from the cage and explore the world outside. It should not contain any large holes, unsecured mesh lid, or easy to open sliding door.
Caroline is a sleek design and durably constructed from all glass with sliding front doors. The door features with the key lock security, which prevents your ball python from escaping.
Not only that, but this cage also allows modifications with holes for wiring. Caroline comes with 6,3 inches waterproof base that prevents the leaking and excessive humidity.
Repti zoo cage also features an all-glass construction with hinged doors. It is designed with a raised bottom glass panel, which allows you easy to place a heat pat or substrate heater.
The front door can open separately, allow you easy to feed and access inside. It features the waterproof bottom. Moreover, Repti zoo cage includes a reliable specially designed lock that will prevent unwanted opening from children or in case if your ball python trying to escape. This is an extra security method to keep the animals in the terrarium.
However, there is the drawback is that some users complained about the durability of Repti Zoo cage. The cracks can be appeared after a period of time using.
#3 Lid and ventilation
The lid of the terrarium should be solid, stable and also good ventilation. Ball Python needs some fresh air in its enclosure and the ventilation lid is a great solution for circulating the air and also good for regulated temperature and humidity inside the tank. It also needs fresh air to reduce the unpleasant smell from ball python bedding.
Carolina terrarium features the metal screen top, which will ensure the security and good air circulation.
Repti Zoo cage has a tough screen top to provide ventilation and allows for infrared and UVB penetration. It is also designed with window ventilation on left and right. But it does not have the ventilation on the front so the humidity levels will not be reduced.