How Much Does a Ball Python Cost?

Last Updated on December 27, 2023
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

The ball python or royal python (Python regius) does not currently have a recognized subspecies but can be found from one region to another in a variety of colors and patterns. Breeders have also produced other varieties (morphs), but most of them are not found naturally in the wild. It is also called the ball python, due to the defensive position it adopts when it is scared, wrapping itself around its head to protect it from attacks.

How Much Does a Ball Python Cost?

The price of a ball python is anywhere between $70 and $250, while for a pastel or spider python, you will have to pay anywhere between $120 and $450.

Also, for a bumblebee python, you should plan on spending more than $650. There are hundreds of colors and morphs of ball pythons available on the market to choose from. The ball python cost will be influenced by some factors such as the color, the age of the snake, and the rarity of the breed.

Big Apple Pet Supply offers a variety of ball python morphs for sale with prices ranging from $89.95 to $339.

Snakes at Sunset offers baby ball pythons for sale, including juvenile and larger ball pythons, with prices ranging from $79.99 to $249.99.

AT Imperial Reptiles a Pastel Enchi Piebald Ball Python is available for purchase from $349.99, while at CB Reptile the price for a Pied Ball Python ranges from $469 to $1,699.

Ball python prices

In the table below you will find the average prices for different types of ball pythons.

Type/Color Price Range
Axanthic Ball Python $300 to $950
Albino Ball Python $200 to $500
Banana Ball Python $200 to $700
Ball Python Morphs $250 to $550
Butter Ball Python $200 to $400
Bumblebee Ball Python $120 to $240
Chocolate Ball Python $120 to $240
Candino Ball Python $350 to $550
Coral Glow Ball Python $350 to $600
Cinnamon Ball Python $100 to $300
Ghost Ball Python $100 to $175
GHI Ball Python $2,900 to $4,200
KIiller Clown Ball Python $1,600 to $2,100
Ivory Ball Python $200 to $400
Lesser Ball Python $100 to $175
Leopard Ball Python $100 to $350
Leucistic Ball Python $350 to $500
Mystic Ball Python $150 to $300
Mojave Ball Python $100 to $150
Pewter Ball Python $150 to $550
Pastel Ball Python $120 to $275
Phantom Ball Python $120 to $240
Pinstripe Ball Python $100 to $175
Queen Bee Ball Python $350 to $650
Spinner Ball Python $150 to $400
Spider Ball Python $100 to $175
Spotnose Ball Python $150 to $220
Super Blast Ball Python $220 to $400
Sunset Ball Python $1,300 to $2,600
Vanilla Ball Python $220 to $450
Yellow Belly Ball Python $175 to $350

According to the Ball Pythons online forum, the most expensive python is the Blue and Black Eyed Lucys, which is sold for around $22,000.

On the other hand, for a ball python found at a local pet store, you will have to pay anywhere between $35 and $85. The cost of a ball python at local reptile breeders or shows is, in general, anywhere between $55 and $185.

Ownership costs of a ball python

It is recommended to have a tank as an enclosure that can fit at least 20 gallons for your snake, but the larger it is the better for your pet. The majority of the experts recommend a 40-gallon tank. Plan on spending anywhere between $110 and $250 for a good tank, or even more if you want a customized one.

Also, you may need a terrarium stand if you don’t have a desk or a table to fix it on. This can cost anywhere between $30 and more than $110, depending on the stand you desire.

The snake will need a hiding area in the tank for it to rest in. You can opt for old tissue boxes or you can purchase a specially designed hiding box that costs anywhere between $15 and $25.

You might also like our articles about the cost of corn snakes, chameleons, or tarantula.

Bedding is also very important for your python pet. You can spend nothing if you use newspapers as substrate, or you can spend $7 to $15 for a bag of Aspen shavings.

You will also have to budget for an under-tank heater as the snake will need a heat source. Expect to pay $25 to $55 for such a heater. Also, you can purchase a dome or a heat lamp, which costs anywhere between $15 and $40 each.

To keep the humidity and the temperature levels under control, you will need a hygrometer and a thermometer as well. Each of these costs around $10. The humidity level should be anywhere between 40% and 60% and the temperature between 78 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

For a water bowl, you should budget around $12.

Also, you have to consider the costs of the food as ball pythons are carnivorous. The size of the prey depends on the size of the snake. Juvenile pythons usually start with pinky mice and progress to larger mice or rats as they grow.

For instance, you will have to pay anywhere between $2 and $5 for a large mouse, depending on how often your snake eats. The cost would get lower if you purchase it in bulk and frozen. To get an idea, young snakes eat once per week, while adult snakes eat twice per week.

Excluding the initial cost of the snake itself, an appropriate enclosure setup and initial supplies can cost between $360 and $600 or more, depending on the items you buy. Some other costs you should consider are vet expenses. The ongoing monthly costs for feeding and maintenance are relatively lower, generally around $20 to $40, depending on the size and age.

Pet python considerations

If you are thinking of a ball python as a pet, it is important to know that these snakes have a long lifespan. They live on average 20-30 years.

Due to its relatively small size and docile nature, the Ball Python is one of the best snake species for beginners and intermediates. Its care is not as demanding as that of other breeds of snakes. Most owners will have little trouble ensuring a suitable environment in captivity.

Feeding the python with pre-lifeless food is always the best choice, as live prey can pose a risk of injury, even to giant snakes. It’s important to remember that when offering/removing uneaten prey, always use a snake hook to create a barrier between you and the python.

Ball pythons are quite docile and like to be manipulated to a certain extent (a little), at most a few minutes a day. If you have just brought your ball python home, give it at least a week to adjust to its new environment before handling it.

If you go on vacation, leave two pots of water in the python’s aquarium – one bigger than the other – to make sure the snake stays hydrated while you’re gone. Ball pythons are excellent swimmers and can sink into their water vessels from time to time. However, prolonged soaking may indicate a mite infestation or an uncomfortable room temperature.

Be careful when buying a python from the reptile shop, especially if it is the first snake you buy. Stores often sell wild pythons, which are not used to being touched by humans and can have parasites. Added to this is the fact that these wild pythons do not recognize dead mice as food and can become anorexic.

Ball python feeding chart

Ball Python Feeding

How can I save money?

You would be able to save some money with the costs of your pet ball python if you choose to use newspapers and old clothing for bedding instead of buying shedding material.

Check on websites like Craigslist if any pet owners want to get rid of their snake. This way you may be able to get both the snake and the supplies at almost no cost. However, before getting the snake this way, make sure that you know the reason for which the last owner wants to get rid of his pet. You don’t want to get a sick or aggressive snake.

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