The ball python (Python regius) is a good snake for a beginning snake owner. Growing to a maximum size of 3-5 feet, ball pythons are not as large as many of the other constricting snakes that are kept as pets, and are quite docile and easy to handle. A captive bred ball python usually flourishes given the proper care. Ball Pythons are a great choice for someone looking for a snake because they stay much smaller than other Pythons. They are also the most docile. Ball Pythons all have their own unique patterns and you know that no one will ever have a snake that looks exactly like yours! A 20L habitat is appropriate for one ball python, though providing a larger habitat is perfectly acceptable. In their natural habitat, they are often found in underground burrows so at least one secure hiding spot is required. Providing damp moss in this hiding spot is also not a bad option for providing some humidity. Include a water dish large enough for the snake to soak. As with most snakes, feeding once a week is recommended, especially as juveniles. Ball Pythons have increased in popularity in recent years as different color morphs have become available. Most commonly available are pastel, spider and pinstripe morphs as pictured to the right. Others are available, but in much more limited quantities.