Where is it safe to set my ball python free?

by tyankee7 on December 21, 2012

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Question by lan TOTZ: Where is it safe to set my ball python free?
I am going for a 3 month vacation and I have no one to look after my ball python. I certainly do not want to leave him in cage for 3 long months. I was thinking of just setting him free. Please let me know where would be ideally safe for him to live freely.

Best answer:

Answer by Bas Janssen
I don’t know where you live, but in my opinion you should NEVER ever release a ball python.
If you really want to get rid of it, bring it to a pet store or an animal shelter.
Or search for any reptile house somewhere in your village or near it.
In a normal village, the ball python can’t live in the wild.

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Kira December 21, 2012 at 5:01 am

It isn’t a good idea to set ur snake free, take him to the local animal shelter and leave him there. He has been in captivity so he won’t know what to do in the wild. Plus it is very dangerouse to set snakes free

Rhexi December 21, 2012 at 5:31 am

Please do not set it free at all. They have become a huge problem in the wild. They are not native and are eating all the native wildlife, while they dont have any predators to control them. Their numbers have gotten out of control and they are destroying our ecosystem!

Try giving it to a pet store for free, im sure someone will take him.

curious December 21, 2012 at 5:59 am

Please do not let the snake out, especially if it’s not native to the region. Give it to an exotic pet store or even consider putting it down.

Summer December 21, 2012 at 6:57 am

You cannot set it free. Give it to someone on a reptile forum or classifieds. With any luck you may get someone to pick it up at your home or pay for you to safely ship it to them. Try http://www.kingsnake.com. Setting it free if it has been a pet is certain death for the ball python.

Kristen M December 21, 2012 at 7:38 am

NOOOOOOOOO! Don’t do that. They are not indigenous to America! Thats the worst thing you could do for your snake and our environment!

James December 21, 2012 at 8:08 am

it is NEVER a good idea to set exotic snakes free in a country they are not native to. by setting it free you are endangering it’s life. take it to the local reptile pet shop and offer it to them. they may even be willing to board your snake for you while you are away. (for a fee of course). contact your local rescue organization, they may be willing to take it off your hands. please do not set it free in the wild. if it was captive born it won’t have any idea on how to survive in the wild. there are laws against setting exotics species loose in the wild. put an add in the free section of your local news paper. any thing but setting it free. hope this helps

pumpkinsmile5 December 21, 2012 at 8:41 am

The best place for you to bring you ball python is to an animal shelter or a local zoo. You could also ask the animal shelter if they could watch it for you, and you might be able to keep it for the three months if you still want it.
Releasing household animals into the wild is dangerous, and they would most likely end up dying. By giving it to an animal shelter or zoo that will accept it your allowing it to live a better life, and be taken care of.

Alex December 21, 2012 at 9:31 am

bad idea. Instead of releasing an animal that was raised and cared for in captivity and perhaps introducing a species that may or may not fair well into a foreign environment why not take him/her back to a pet store and see if they’ll take him and sell him for you. Post some adds on the internet if the pet store won’t take him. You’ll probably be able to find someone willing to pay between 50-100 dollars if he’s a normal ‘het’ coloration. if he a rarer morph then you might be able to get a little more.

Do not release your pets! it’s not fair to them and it’s bad for the environment. Not to mention most of them will not survive. Depending of course on the heat and how cold it can be.

this guy December 21, 2012 at 10:10 am

You are the type of retart that gives our hobby a bad name. Take the poor snake down to a petco or any other big pet store, they should take it off your hands for you. Don’t be so ignorant next time

gutt December 21, 2012 at 10:22 am

to the person that said they are becoming a huge problem in the wild…LOLZ…
to the OP, you are the reason for the negative opinion of the reptile community. A reptile rescue, pet shop, or even craigslist are great resources for a person like you (pet shops often look after animals for a small fee, and there a lot of good-hearted herp-enthusiasts that rescue animals from craigslist from people like you).
This post is probably a joke, but it still adds fuel to the anti-reptile keeping fire that is burning out of control in the country right now.
Please, do your homework before deciding to keep a reptile as a companion animal. It is inhumane to release your snake into the wild, and karma will surely follow if you choose not to heed the advice given by those of us who care enough about reptiles and the future of reptile keeping.

On second thought, you need to re-home your snake ASAP, to someone who is knowledgeable and passionate about keeping snakes, regardless of whether or not this was a serious question or a joke.

Also, to the person who said “consider putting it down”….. just… I…. ugh…

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