So you have an idea that you want to buy a ball python as a pet. Whilst that is a great idea, there are a few things you should be aware of, for example, the question, how long do ball pythons live for.
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Ball pythons are very docile, which means they don’t exert much energy. Nor do they get themselves into much danger. A combination of great health, being well fed, and generally being well looked after, a ball python can live 30 years or more.
Yes, that’s right. 30 years!
In the wild, ball pythons often don’t get the chance to grow old and die of natural causes. Commonly wild ball pythons only live until about 10-15 years of age. There are many more threats in the wild compared to captivity, so their chances of survival are much slimmer.
The record for the longest living ball python stands at 47 years and 6 months. This was a python in captive at Philadelphia Zoo, which clearly had very good care throughout its whole life.
This is a long time to be caring for a pet. If you’re up for the experience and can give the ball python the time and love it needs to live a happy life, then perfect. However, many times after 5, 10, 15 years, peoples lives start to change. Situations change, jobs change. There are loads of factors which can ultimately mean you can no longer care for a ball python in the way you should.
If you are fully aware of this, and have planned on a long life for your new pet then great.
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