Finding the best ball python enclosure doesn’t have to be rocket science, but like with anything it can be time consuming shopping for one. In an effort to save you some time we have reviewed 5 different ball python enclosures for you.
Because this is a short python, it doesn’t need a lot of room. An adult ball python needs just a 20-gallon tank. Unlike large tanks, these small tanks are affordable and easy to find.
Best Ball Python Enclosure Comparison
Vivariums, as they can be called, are made of several materials including glass, plastic (such as PVC) and even wood. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. While wood is conducive for maintaining a steady temperature, it isn’t transparent. Glass makes for gorgeous terrariums but absorbs heat quickly if placed by a window that receives a lot of sunlight.
1. Exo Terra Outback Terrarium
This terrarium is perfect for your snake. Not only is it affordable, but it is also gorgeous. It has a front door opening, as most good transparent terrariums do.
This makes feeding the snake and removing it very easy. In addition, front openings make maintenance and cleaning simple. Ball pythons are escape artists and find ways to escape any tank that isn’t well secured. The Exo Terra Glass Terrarium has specially designed locks to prevent this.
Since it is important to maintain a temperature gradient, the bottom plate of the terrarium is raised making it easy to install a heat mat. It also has inlets for wires/tubes just in case you need to install decorations such as waterfalls and sensors in the terrarium.
2. Reptizoo Reptile Glass Terrarium
This vivarium measures 36 x 18 x 18 inches and is big enough for a ball python. The top screen is tough yet provides good ventilation. This screen also allows infrared and UV light to enter the enclosure.
And while ball pythons don’t require UV light, infrared lamps are a great way to heat up the terrarium. On the subject of heating, the REPTIZOO Reptile Glass Terrarium has a raised bottom frame that makes it easy to install a heating map.
A big selling point of the REPTIZOO Reptile Glass Terrarium is how easy it is to set up and knock down. This makes for easy and convenient storage. It has front opening panels for easy cleaning, feeding, decorating, and maintenance. It also has closable inlets for tubes and wires.
3. Hagen Exo Terra Snake Starter Kit
The Hagen Exo Terra Snake Starter Kit comes with all the things you need to set up a living space for your snake. The kit includes a vivarium, bedding, heater, hiding cave, a water basin, a thermometer, and a day-night LED fixture.
Of course, you will still need to get an extra hide (as the snake will quickly outgrow the hide provided), and a thermostat to regulate the heating mat. To me, it is the best ball python setup kit available. It works well for other snakes as well.
The terrarium is transparent and well ventilated.
4. Carolina Custom Cages Terrarium
This enclosure comes in several different sizes, with the smallest being 24 x 18 x 18 inches and the largest being 72 x 24 x 36 inches. Of course, with a ball python, you want to get the smallest enclosure, since large tanks stress ball pythons out.
The Carolina terrarium is easy to assemble and knock down when you don’t need it. The base is waterproof and 4 inches deep. The screen top is metal and allows for excellent ventilation.
It also works marvelously with heat bulbs. The doors aren’t easy to open even when not locked so you can rest assured knowing the snake won’t accidentally get out. This is one of the best if not the best habitat for a ball python.
5. UniPaws Tortoise House
Although it’s called a tortoise house, this terrarium is perfect for young ball pythons. It is divided into two compartments, a dark and cozy opaque sleeping area and a larger compartment with a screen.
The sleeping area allows your young snake to feel safe, secure and stress-free. In the wild, ball pythons spend most of their lives in burrows and holes so the sleeping area is perfect.
You can easily place the tank in the garden so your snake can get natural sunlight. It is among the best terrarium for a ball python. It is escape proof and will keep your snakes happy although it isn’t fancy.
Types of Snake Enclosures Explained
The best ball python enclosure depends not only on the snake but also on you, the snake keeper. You can go with a wooden vivarium or a glass vivarium depending on what you prefer.
Ball pythons prefer small vivariums with dark hide boxes (like most snakes and reptiles they prefer to remain hidden) so be sure to provide at least two hides. Also, be sure to check out our review of the the best substrate for ball pythons to ensure its optimal comfort.