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I don’t think I spend very much time talking about pets here, but we certainly have a few in our home. Growing up I had so many pets – especially of the reptile variety, but the demands of parenthood and my husband’s allergies have made family pets a low key affair for the last decade or so.
In more recent years I’ve managed to bring a few new family members in under the radar. It started with adopting hermit crabs from my son’s 1st grade class before summer break. A month later we adopted more hermit crabs from someone else who regretted their decision to take home class pets.
Then, in a very last minute decision, we adopted guinea pigs for my oldest son. Two weeks later a friend approached me about also taking her guinea pig, so we now have a trio of furry pals.
Fish tanks began sprouting up in various bedrooms.
We offered to adopt the hamster from my son’s 2nd grade classroom.
Somewhere along the way my husband realized he was losing ground. With four animal loving kids, he’s now outnumbered when it comes to adoption fairs and animals looking for forever homes.
Although my boys love the cute and cuddly, I’ve always been fascinated by reptiles. I kept lizards, snakes and frogs all through high school and college, so when I came across a photo of this hypo ball python one day I just knew I wanted to have a snake again.
So I dug out an old tank, cleaned it up and brought home this beauty.
The kids think the snake is the coolest thing in our house – and they’re right.
Of course, bringing home a snake meant stocking up on supplies. Fortunately we already use chewy.com for our other pet supplies, so I knew about the crazy fast delivery and huge selection of pet supplies on Chewy.com. If you’re a pet owner and you haven’t checked out Chewy yet, you need to check this site out! With an enormous selection of supplies for all types of pets, super fast shipping, great deals and big savings on auto ship and top notch customer service Chewy.com is my favorite place to go for pet supplies!
Since my husband believes that summer temperatures indoor need to rival arctic conditions I knew I needed a good, reliable heat source and Chewy.com had me covered with plenty of options at great prices.
Ball Pythons require a thermal gradient within their enclosure. This means they should always have access to a basking spot that reaches temperatures of 88-96 degrees, with ambient tank temperatures of 78-80 degrees. This allows cold-blooded Ball Pythons to regulate their own body temperature. Even at nighttime, when temperatures can drop, the enclosure temperature should never dip below 75 degrees. This sounds complicated, but can be easily achieved with the right kind of heat lamps and properly sized enclosure.
When deciding on heating for my Ball Python enclosure I chose the Zoo Med Daylight Blue & Nightlight Red Reptile Lamp Combo Pack because it offers the perfect solution for constant heat, day and night. I’m pretty picky about heat bulbs because many have a yellow color to them that gives it an indoor lighting feel. The Zoo Med Daylight Blue bulb has a very natural, realistic light, offers UVA rays for optimum psychological health and features uncoated blue glass for better heat transfer.
The Nightlight Red Reptile Lamp Bulb is perfect for viewing nocturnal animals without disrupting their normal cycle and provides the necessary heat to keep tank inhabitants comfortable and healthy, even when household temps may dip.
I run both bulbs during the day, allowing me to easily reach a basking temperature of 90 degrees. At night I turn off the daylight bulb, giving the enclosure a chance to cool down and simulate a normal nighttime period.
I have been running these bulbs all day every day for a month now, and I’m so happy with the results. I’m able to maintain the perfect temperature, my ball python is eating well and gaining weight – seemingly happy with the environment. The European quality of Zoo Med heat bulbs means you’ll get a long lasting burn life with fewer bulbs to replace and less worries overall.
My oldest son has happily named our snake Bellow, and I’m very excited that the kids seem as taken with our new pet as I am. I am sure this won’t be the last you hear of Bellow, as I’m hoping to highlight our awesome furry and scaly family member on the blog more often!
What’s your favorite family pet?