Choosing the Right Size Tank for Your Ball Python

Ball pythons are medium size snakes originating from Africa. They are among the most popular pet snakes, especially for beginners, because they are easy to take care of and don’t get aggressive. However, the one aspect you should worry about is the size of their tank to make sure they will have a healthy and happy life.

The size of a ball python’s tank depends on its size. It needs a 2x1x1 ft (0.6×0.3×0.3 m) tank if it’s less than 1 ft (0.3 m) long. A young python needs a 3×1.5×1.5 ft (0.9×0.46×0.46 m) tank, while adults over 3 feet (0.9 m) need 4x2x2 ft (1.2×0.61×0.61 m) tanks to survive. 

Stick around if you want to know more! I will explain the different tank sizes you need for different ages of ball pythons. I will also give you some more tips regarding the habitat of ball pythons and how to take care of them.

Minimum Tank Dimensions for Different-Sized Ball Pythons

Like any other type of pet snake, ball pythons require ample space to move and climb comfortably. More importantly, as pythons are cold-blooded creatures, they need a tank that is big enough to have a range of temperatures inside.

You may have heard that ball pythons don’t actually like large spaces and would be more comfortable in smaller ones, but that is not true. If you force your snake to live in a closed and uncomfortable space, it may develop health problems and even attack you due to irritation.

Ball pythons can be in different sizes. Typically, female pythons can be larger than males, but there are also differences depending on their age. Here are the minimum tank dimensions for every size:

  • Baby ball pythons up to one foot can live in a tank with dimensions 2x1x1 feet (0.6×0.3×0.3 m).
  • Young ball pythons up to 3 feet (0.9 m) long may need a tank with dimensions 3×1.5×1.5 feet (1.2×0.61×0.61 m).
  • Adults under 4 feet (1.22 m) long need at least a tank with dimensions 4x2x2 feet (1.22×0.61×0.61 m).
  • Adults over 4 feet (1.22 m) long need a tank with dimensions 5×2.5×2.5 feet (1.5×0.76×0.76 m)

You should remember that these are the minimum requirements for a ball python, which means that your snake will survive, but probably won’t be comfortable in such conditions. You need bigger enclosures for a comfortable and happy life. 

The rule of thumb for a comfortable enclosure is that the length of the tank should be twice the size of the length of the snake. So, for instance, if your snake is 3.5 feet long, you should find a tank around 7 feet long or more to make it as comfortable as possible.

Tips for Maintaining the Habitat of Your Ball Python

Here are some general tips for making sure the enclosure of your ball python is as comfortable as possible:

  • The temperature inside should be between 80 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit (27 and 29 degrees Celsius).
  • Preferably, a specific area inside the tank should be hotter than the rest, at around 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32.2 degrees Celsius).
  • The relative humidity should be high, at around 70%; placing some wet paper towels should do the trick.
  • There should be a branch for the snake to climb to exercise.
  • Because ball pythons are nocturnal animals, they need a place to hide and sleep during the day; put cardboard boxes or terracotta pots inside the cage, making sure they are big enough for the whole snake to fit.
  • Do not place two pythons in the same enclosure.


Ball pythons can be great pets, but they must be treated well and kept in a comfortable environment. To determine the dimensions that the tank of your ball python needs to have, you should keep in mind the age and the length of your snake. Additionally, you should ensure to keep the enclosure warm and humid enough. 

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