Bamboo Ball Python Morph
The bamboo ball python is a relatively new morph, which can make them more difficult to find than other ball pythons. Keep reading our guide to learn more about these snakes and whether they are a good fit for you and your family!
Quick Facts about the Bamboo Ball Python Morph
|Species Name:||Python regius|
|Common Name:||Royal python, ball python|
|Adult Size:||3-5 feet|
|Minimum Tank Size:||30-60 gallons|
|Temperature & Humidity:||78° F to 95° F (basking spot), 40%-60% humidity|
Do Bamboo Ball Pythons Make Good Pets?
Like other ball pythons, the bamboo ball python can make a great pet, even for a beginner. While 3-5 feet may seem big, ball pythons are actually fairly small compared to other constricting snakes. Their small size in combination with their docile nature makes them easy to handle. Additionally, their tanks don’t need to be as big as other, larger species, which means they are appropriate for many different types of homes because they take up less space.
Bamboo ball pythons are characterized by a pale belly contrasted by a dark green “bamboo” pattern on their backs. You can also find pastel bamboo ball pythons, which tend to be more vibrantly colored. As they get older, bamboo ball pythons will start to lose their coloring and may begin to develop brown spots.
How to Take Care of a Bamboo Ball Python
Habitat, Tank Conditions & Setup
Your bamboo ball python’s tank should be at least 30 to 40 gallons large. Of course, you can always buy a larger tank if you have the space; there is really no such thing as too big. Provide your snake with a shelter or some other place to hide in the tank. In terms of cleaning, you can spot clean the tank as needed. Plan to clean the tank in its entirety about once a month.
While you do not need to provide UVB lighting for your bamboo ball python, you can still choose to include it in your snake’s tank. You should also add at least two heating lamps: one for the day and one for the night. These lights should be on a 12-hour cycle to simulate daylight.
Heating (Temperature & Humidity)
In addition to providing your snake with a place to bask, you should also make sure there is a “cool” area in the tank where it can go if it gets too hot. The basking area temperature should be about 95° F and the cool area should be around 78° F. In addition to heat, the tank needs to be moderately humid, between 40% and 60%.
Ball pythons are not especially picky when it comes to substrate; as long as the substrate is relatively porous and can maintain a level of humidity in the tank, it will probably work. Some ball python owners prefer sphagnum moss, but aspen shavings will also do.
|Tank Type||Minimum 30-gallon glass vivarium|
|Lighting||2 bulbs on 12-hour timers|
|Heating||Heating pad under the tank, incandescent light bulbs|
|Best Substrate||Sphagnum moss or aspen bedding|
Feeding Your Bamboo Ball Python
You should cater the type and size of prey you feed your snake to his size. The prey should be about the size of the widest part of your snake, but no bigger. Hatchling and juvenile bamboo ball pythons can eat crickets and pinky mice, while adults can handle adult rats and mice.
You do not need to feed your snake every day. Aim to feed a young snake about every 5 to 6 days. Adults need to eat even less frequently, once every 10 days to once every 2 weeks.
|Fruits||0% of diet|
|Insects||0% of diet (but some juveniles eat crickets)|
|Meat||100% of diet – small/medium-sized rodents|
Keeping Your Bamboo Ball Python Healthy
Even though you probably won’t be handling or interacting with your python as often as you would another kind of pet, it’s important to keep an eye on your snake to make sure it is healthy. Like all other animals, bamboo ball pythons are prone to certain health conditions that you need to be aware of. A healthy snake should have clear eyes and should shed and eat regularly. A snake that is experiencing a health issue might shed more often than usual, develop bumps on its skin, or seem reluctant to eat. Note that there are some perfectly normal reasons why a snake might not want to eat; for example, when a snake is about to molt, it may lose its appetite.
Below are some common health problems that your bamboo ball python could develop.
Common Health Issues
- Respiratory infections
- Ticks or mites
The average lifespan for a bamboo ball python is between 20 and 30 years, but they have been known to live longer. While they are low-maintenance pets, you need to understand that these are not the kind of pets you should buy on a whim as they will be with you for a long time.
If you are interested in breeding your ball python, there are a few things you should know. First of all, your female snake should be healthy, well-fed, and relatively large before she begins breeding; smaller snakes are more likely to suffer health problems associated with breeding. Males don’t need to be as large as females, but they should be at least 18 months old. When you are ready to begin the process, you should create an environment that mimics the natural world during your snakes’ typical breeding season. Since ball pythons tend to breed in the fall, you can gradually lower the night temperature of the tank to the low to mid-70s F.
Note that when a bamboo ball python is pregnant, she may refuse to eat toward the end of her pregnancy. This is perfectly normal; once she lays her eggs, she will regain her appetite.
Are Bamboo Ball Pythons Friendly? Our Handling Advice
Overall, bamboo ball pythons are known to be docile animals that take well to being handled by humans, but that doesn’t mean that your snake will be interested in being handled right away. Give your snake some time to adjust to its new environment when you first bring it home. You should also take care to avoid handling your snake when it hasn’t eaten in a while to avoid being bitten.
When you do handle your snake, make sure to use both hands in order to support your snake’s entire body and head. Keep a fairly loose grip on your python to allow it to move up and down your body. Snakes need to use their core to climb, so don’t be too worried if it starts to wrap itself around you; it’s not trying to harm you, and even if it were, you are much too large for your ball python to successfully constrict.
Even though ball pythons tend to tolerate handling fairly well, don’t try to handle your snake more than about once a day. Snakes are not social creatures, and handling your snake too often can cause it to become stressed.
Shedding: What to Expect
Snakes need to shed their skin regularly. You can expect your bamboo ball python to shed about every 4-6 weeks. You will know that your snake is getting ready to shed its skin when its scales start to look loose. Its eyes may also seem cloudy. Provide your bamboo ball python with a water bowl for soaking and some sort of moist substrate such as moss, to help your snake shed its skin more efficiently. You should never “help” by trying to remove the skin yourself.
How Much Do Bamboo Ball Pythons Cost?
Ball pythons tend to cost around $50, but morphs such as the bamboo ball python usually cost more. You can expect to pay up to $500 for one of these snakes. Make sure to do your homework before buying a snake from a breeder. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about your snake and the breeder’s practices.
Care Guide Summary
- Low maintenance
- Smaller than other constrictors
- Long-term commitment
- Tend to be picky eaters
- Can be shy and might spend a lot of time hiding
Overall, bamboo ball pythons can be great pets, especially if you are new to reptiles. Because they only need to eat once a week or less, they are fairly low-maintenance pets. If you are thinking about buying one of these snakes, however, you should consider their lifespan; with the proper care, these snakes can live 30 years or longer. If you are ready to commit to an animal for many years to come, the bamboo ball python could be a great fit for you!
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.
Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.
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Why Is The Bamboo Morph Not Popular?
I've been wondering why the Bamboo ball pythons are not as popular as many of the other morphs. When I first decided to get a ball python, I actually wanted a Bamboo ball python but couldn't find even one (there were very few from very sketchy breeder but I didn't want to buy from them since I've heard a lot of bad things).
Personally I find the Bamboo morph very appealing and I think there are some beautiful combos out there. So to any breeders or just ball python lovers: Is there any specific reason why Bamboos are not that liked? Is breeding difficult or are the combos just not special? Is the maybe that they're just not in demand?
I'd love to hear opinions.
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Re: Why Is The Bamboo Morph Not Popular?Originally Posted by HannahLou
I think theyre very popular but many people are waiting for them to go down in cost, especially people like me that collect the BEL complex morphs but can make an equally white snake without such an expensive base morph. If I were going for other combos with them then I would have a few. I see them at every expo and theyre always online so maybe you just arent too familiar with the common BP resources.
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Re: Why Is The Bamboo Morph Not Popular?I believe those were 2017 showsOriginally Posted by Ax01
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Bamboo Cinnamon Vanilla
The bamboo ball python is somewhat less common than other morphs like the albino, spider, and cinnamon.
Bamboos are named for their beautiful, pale brown coloration. While not nearly as striking as other, high contrast morphs, many keepers appreciate this subdued, chic look.
A major upside to this morph is that they are NOT prone to any of the defects seen in other morphs, such as head wobbles, kinking, or bug eyes.
With their relative rarity, these snakes once carried a hefty price tag.
They have become more common over recent years, with more and more breeders producing bamboos and bamboo crosses. Prices have already begun to come down a little as a result.
It’s quite likely that we’ll start to see these snakes more often in the near future.
What You’ll Learn
In this article, you’ll learn all about the bamboo ball python morph, including:
- What is a bamboo ball python?
- Genetics and pattern of inheritance
- Do bamboo ball pythons need special care?
- Common morph combinations including the bamboo gene
Ball Python Background Information
Ball pythons are endemic to Central and West Africa, where they mostly inhabit grasslands, scrub, and forests.
They’re particularly shy – even compared to other snakes – and spend much of their lives tucked away in burrows.
Ball pythons are also crepuscular snakes, meaning they are most active around dawn and dusk.
Compared to most other pythons, ball pythons are fairly short and stocky (though not quite as much as the short-tailed python and blood python). They also have a slightly more “rounded” pattern than other pythons.
What really sets them apart, however, is not their appearance but their behavior.
Unlike other snakes, ball pythons don’t try to strike when threatened. Instead they curl up in a tight ball. It’s this trait that earns the ball python its common name.
This handy behavior also makes them easy and safe to handle. It is also why they’re recommended for beginner reptile keepers.
Because this snake is very easy to breed in captivity, there are countless ball python morphs available on the market.
Different morphs vary in their patterns and colorations as well as their price tags.
Many people collect and breed snakes to create their own morph combinations. For these keepers, bamboos can be quite sought-after
What is a Bamboo Ball Python?
The bamboo ball python is a fairly recently-discovered morph of the ball python that comes from Ghana, West Africa.
This morph was discovered about eight years ago and still remains a ‘hidden gem’ of the pet trade world. Because of this, it can be a little difficult to find information about them.
The bamboo python has an attractive appearance, with light, silver to golden coloration.
In terms of pattern, the bamboo ball python can appear fairly similar to the popular “spider” ball python, with slightly reduced band width.
What’s more, you’ll be happy to know that the bamboo ball python morph doesn’t carry any known genetic defects.
So if you’ve ever wanted a spider morph but were put off by the ‘head wobble’, the bamboo python is about as close as you can get!
Compared to the spider ball python, the bamboo morph has slightly thicker bands, though the pattern is very similar.
Bamboo pythons also carry a leucistic gene, making them much lighter than most morphs.
This morph is sometimes bred with others (like the pastel or the calico morphs) to create new and interesting patterns. As this bamboo python is relatively new to the market, breeders are still actively experimenting with what they can create.
The combination of the thinner, broken-up bands and the lighter scales make the bamboo a unique-looking morph that many will want to add to their collection!
Purchasing a Bamboo Ball Python
Bamboo pythons are fine for beginner hobbyists. They are healthy, attractive snakes and do well in captivity.
Their (relative) rarity and beautiful appearance does make them fairly expensive, which can be off-putting for a first-time keeper.
These days, bamboo ball pythons are becoming cheaper than they’ve been in the past.
They’ll likely cost you over $100. A snake is likely to cost more if it’s interbred with some of the other morphs.
This is still only a fraction of what these animals would have cost a few years back, when they regularly sold for over $1,000.
Another downside is that they’re quite difficult to find and purchase. Not many breeders specialize in bamboo pythons, though they’re quickly gaining popularity.
If your mind is absolutely set on getting one, then one of the best things to do is go to some big reptile shows. You may just find a breeder displaying one of their gorgeous bamboo ball pythons.
You can also search online to find a breeder.
Websites like Morph Market are great for finding breeders who specialize in a particular morph.
Caring For Your Bamboo Ball Python
Caring for a bamboo ball python shouldn’t be any different from caring for a regular ball python.
In fact, some have said that it’s even easier!
Ball pythons are known to be fussy eaters, often turning their noses up at the food you give them.
There are reports, however, that bamboo ball pythons are less picky and will consume their food more readily than other ball pythons.
They’re also enthusiastic breeders, so if you’d like to get into the pet trading market then a bamboo python may be a good choice for you.
Bamboo Ball Python Genetics
The bamboo gene is codominant. This means that it can be expressed alongside other alleles, with an intermediate (or mixed) phenotype as a result.
The bamboo gene can mix with other genes to produce unusual, blended morph mixes. We’ll list some of the most interesting combinations in the following sections.
Super Bamboo Ball Python
“Super” in snake breeding is a term used to refer to homozygous individuals for a particular gene. This means snakes have two copies of the gene, instead of just one.
Super snakes can be useful to breeders, as – having not one but two copies of the gene in question – they are guaranteed to pass it on to all of their offspring.
Unfortunately, as the bamboo gene is part of the blue eyed leucistic (BEL) complex, a super bamboo ball python will be pure white with blue eyes.
This might not sound like a downside, but if you’re a breeder trying to sell snakes with a mixture of bespoke genes, it’s better to have something to show for it!
It also means that other BEL complex genes – when mixed successfully with the bamboo gene – also produce white, blue-eyed snakes.
Pastel Bamboo Ball Python
A pastel bamboo python is created by breeding a pastel ball python with a bamboo ball python.
The pastel bamboo python looks almost identical to a regular bamboo python – there really isn’t much of a noticeable difference!
The only thing that you might notice is that the pastel bamboo morph is slightly lighter and has a more yellowish tinge than the regular bamboo. The head of the pastel morph is also slightly more washed-out.
Bamboo x Lesser
Lesser ball pythons – like bamboos – are thought of as a great base for morph mixing. Lessers are noted for their intensified brown and tan coloration.
When lessers are successfully crossed with bamboos, they produce pure white hatchlings with blue eyes! Despite the brown coloration of their parents, bamboo x lesser ball pythons are all white, blue-eyed snakes.
This is because both the bamboo and the “lesser” genes belong to the blue-eyed leucistic (BEL) gene complex.
Any gene in this complex results in the same phenotype if hatchlings are homozygous.
Keep in mind that because it has the bamboo gene, this morph will be more expensive than the standard leucistic ball python.
Bamboo x Calico
This is a rare morph that might be difficult to find on the market.
The bands on the sides of a calico ball python are vastly reduced, to the point of being almost invisible.
Unlike the regular bamboo, the band on the top of a Bamboo x Calico’s spine is connected throughout and forms a thick line from its head to its tail.
Bamboo x Pinstripe
This morph has a strange and unique pattern. The stripes on the bamboo pinstripe morph resemble those of the regular pinstripe, but are broken up and disjointed.
This creates an interesting sequence of irregular lines and crosses on the snake’s back.
Its coloration is similar to the regular bamboo but is slightly darker with a hint of yellow.
Overall, this morph has a striking appearance that you won’t find on any other snake!
And if you find morphs to be as fascinating as we do, then you’ll love the cinnamon ball python.
Are you planning on breeding bamboo ball pythons? Share your journey in the comments below!
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