If you didn’t already know, the Ball Python is a type of snake species that’s extremely common in the world of reptiles. Whether you’re a beginner reptile-lover or an expert, Ball Pythons are an excellent investment- and a morph, in particular, that’s worth the money is the Mojave Ball Python.
A Mojave Ball Python is a popular morph (and common gene) of snakes that many people enjoy purchasing as a household pet. Once only known to the wild, as the breeding of Mojave Ball Pythons became popular, the demand for owning one increased- making this morph highly sought. Their easy-going nature, unique pattern, and vibrant colors also make this morph irresistible.
Many people love the Mojave Ball snake and believe it’s the perfect addition to add to your snake collection! To find out why people love this snake so much, as well as other interesting facts about the Mojave Ball Python, continue reading!
Are Mojave Ball Pythons Dangerous?
At first glance, The Mojave Ball Python might appear to be a scary reptile; however, when it comes to humans- they’re hardly considered to be a dangerous threat. If bitten by a household pet such as the Mojave, it’s reassuring to know that they’re non-venomous.
The best thing you can do is remain calm and allow your snake to release its bite on its own time. Pulling away in an aggressive matter may cause you more harm than necessary. Usually, a tiny bite won’t do as much damage to you as you might imagine it.
Mojave Ball Pythons prepare to kill by first stalking its prey, and then wrapping its body around it in an attempt to strangulate. For other reptiles/animals, however, this means the Mojave Ball Python is extremely dangerous- especially if it lives with other household pets, such as a cat, dog, or other small mammals.
How Much Do Mojave Ball Pythons Cost?
If located within The United States, the cost which you should expect to pay for a single Mojave Ball Python varies between $200 – $2500. This particular morph varies in price depending on the purity of its genetics, pattern, and color. It’s also a highly sought-out morph that many people love to add to their collection.
Sometimes, you may come across a breeder selling this morph for a lower price. Although most breeder’s standards are high, it’s essential to ask the appropriate questions to determine whether the low price is an indication of undisclosed issues or a genuine sale.
The cost mentioned above does not include additional fees you may incur when caring for a Mojave Ball Python. Here are examples of extra costs:
- Housing: Terrarium + Decor
- Electricity and Heating
- Food and Water
Remember: Please carefully consider before purchase if you are willing and capable of caring for a Mojave Ball Python.
How Big Does a Mojave Ball Python Get?
Once your Mojave Ball Python reaches full-growth, you should expect her to be as big as 3 – 5 feet in length (or 2 – 3 feet long if a male.) The Mojave Ball Python is one of the few species (and morphs) in which the female is usually larger than the male.
Their fully-grown length is a significant difference, compared to their tiny length of 10 inches when they’re hatchlings. Thankfully, however, their increase in width doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, it can take between 2 – 3 years for your Mojave to become this big.
Are Mojave Ball Pythons Good Pets?
It’s no doubt that the Mojave Ball Python is a perfect pet to consider bringing into your life. Not only are they easy to care for, but their calm temperament makes them the ideal addition for people of all ages, lifestyles, and experiences.
Whether you’re a beginner or expert within the reptile world, there’s no need to worry as the Mojave Ball Python is considered an easy-going reptile with fewer maintenance requirements (as opposed to animals like cats or dogs.)
Mojave Ball Pythons also provide different benefits to children, which can also add to the fact that they’re an excellent pet to invest in. As your children grow, these benefits include ongoing respect towards reptiles, love for different animals (apart from the typical household pets,) and an exciting spark/interest towards snakes.
Overall, it’s clear that the Mojave Ball Python can serve as a good pet for most people– and the Ball Python species, in general, are a great example of this.
Mojave Ball Python Cool Facts
The Mojave Ball Python is a super compelling, fun, and unique morph that I believe many people would love to learn about- if they knew more about this species. Below, I’ve listed a few cool facts about the Mojave Ball Python in the hopes you fall in love with it too!
Females Grow Larger Than Males
As the heading suggests, indeed, the female Mojave grows longer in size than a male Mojave. (With approximately a 1 – 2 feet difference in length.) This is super uncommon with many animal species and is a feature that makes them unique to the different morphs of Ball Pythons.
Their Lifespan is Between 20 – 30 Years
That’s correct- the average lifespan for a Mojave Ball Python can vary between 20 – 30 years and onwards. With the longest ever recorded Mojave Ball Python living up to 40 years!
They Have Teeth Instead of Fangs
Unlike many variations of snakes, the Mojave Ball Python (and Ball Python species in general) has a row of teeth instead of the typical fangs. Their teeth assist them with the process of stomaching their prey, slowly moving their prey along so it can help them to digest quicker.
Mojave Ball’s Are Non-Venomous
Thankfully, Ball Pythons are neither venomous or poisonous- meaning they’re less of a threat towards humans.
Mojave Ball Pythons Have Many Morphs/Combos
The Mojave Ball Python morph has various additional morphs that create even more of a difference in colors and variation to the regular Mojave Ball pattern.
The Mojave Ball is One of The Oldest Morphs
Ball Pythons have been around for a very long time. However, the Mojave Ball is believed to be one of the oldest co-dominant morphs- alongside with the Albino and Pinstripe.
Their Belly is Completely Covered White
One of the key traits that can help you identify a Mojave Ball Python is its entire belly is completely covered in white.
Mojave Ball Python Genetics
The genetics of a Mojave Ball Python is magnificent, adding a “flaming” twist to their overall pattern- something that makes them different to the Ball Python pattern we’re often familiar with seeing.
A Mojave Ball Python has vibrant color shades of brown, black, yellow, and creamy-white. Their pattern is also unique, as it’s like a split version of the “alien heads” that are found on common Ball Pythons. Inside of the splits are flame-like shapes, something that makes the Mojave Ball Python stand-out!
Another genetic feature of a Mojave Ball is its two little spurs that are found at the end of their body. Many people believe these spurs were once an indication of this species having legs, whereas others think it’s nothing more than a mutation coincidence.
How Rare Are Mojave Ball Pythons?
In this day in age, the Mojave Ball Python isn’t exactly rare– as many breeders can produce this gene quickly. This also means that they offer a Normal Mojave Ball for much less than a Mojave Ball Python combo/morph.
Breeding Mojave Ball Pythons
Breeding a Mojave Ball Python isn’t for the faint of heart, and it’s also not an easy task- especially for people who want quick and fast results! The breeding process of a Mojave Ball requires someone with attention to detail, patience, and, most importantly- passion for this morph!
Mojave Balls should only be bred once they reach maturity, as attempting earlier can result in genetic deformities or other unknown health issues. A respected and reputable breeder understands this.
Mojave Ball Python Shedding
Like most Ball Pythons, their shedding cycle is a process that’s relatively easy for both themselves and their handlers to follow. Thus, the Mojave Ball Python is no different, with a regular shedding cycle of every 4 – 6 weeks.
Younger Mojave Ball Pythons shed their skin more frequently, ranging between every 2 – 3 weeks up until they reach adulthood. This process never stops, even after they reach full growth.
If your Mojave Ball Python is about to come into its shedding cycle, follow these tips listed below:
- Give it space (both before and after)
- Expect a sudden decrease in food.
- Provide plenty of water
- Its eyes may turn cloudy/grey- so don’t worry.
- Inspect the dead skin to ensure the process has been completed
Most Popular Mojave Ball Python Morphs
Many different Mojave Ball Python morphs are incredibly breathtaking. Find below a list of 6 of the most popular Mojave Ball Python morphs currently on the market.
1. Mojave Spider – Mojave Ball x Spider Ball
2. Hurricane Mojave – Hurricane Ball x Mojave Ball
3. Firefly Mojave – Fire Ball x Mojave Ball x Pastel Ball
4. Mojave Ultramel – Mojave Ball x Ultramel
5. Satin Mojave – Satin Ball x Mojave Ball
6. Mojave Vanilla – Mojave Ball x Vanilla Ball