Advertisement My 12 year old son asked for a snake and we decided to let him get one. The breeder by us just got one of his baby ball pythons to eat its 3rd meal a few days ago and said we can come and get it today. He says its a female. So we are headed to the pet shop to get everything we need today and then setting things up. I'm super excited, but just want to make sure I have everything figured out. We are getting a 50 gallon tank because the guy said that will fit the snake for life. I will use coco fiber for substate. We will have a UV light and heat lamp. We will have 2 hides, 1 for the cold side and 1 for the warm side. The same with the water dishes, 1 on each side. A spray bottle to mist the tank (twice daily - I've been told). A laser thermometer. Shrubbery and what else? What am I missing? Also, what is the best approach to tame a baby ball python? The breeder said handle it every day, except don't handle it within 2 or 3 days of eating. He also said feed it once a week in the beginning, but when do I start to stretch out the feedings? We will be feeding with frozen pinkies. Any advice and help is much appreciated. Thanks!