Spike In Ball Pythons At Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

By Hope Bidegainberry on January 24, 2019

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) has received more Ball Pythons through their shelter in the last twelve months than in any other previous year over the last decade.  The shelter is seeking experienced snake owners to adopt the Ball Pythons.

“In the last twelve months, we received 10 Ball Pythons snakes in our shelter, which is more than we’ve received in any other year over the last decade,” said PHS/SPCA Communications Manager Buffy Martin Tarbox.  “Many of the snakes have been surrendered to us through no fault of their own, and are ready to placed in new homes.”

Ball Pythons make ideal pets since they are friendly and tend to be smaller in size, on average about two to three feet long once fully grown.  PHS/SPCA staff will help potential adopters understand the equipment and husbandry required in order for this animal to thrive.  Ball Pythons can live to be thirty years old with proper care. PHS/SPCA strongly encourages the feeding of frozen, defrosted mice or rats which are available at most pet supply stores.  Feeding live rodents is considered unnecessary and inhumane for both the prey and the predator.

“We currently have five Ball Pythons available for adoption,” according to Tarbox. “Potential adopters interested in meeting the snakes can visit us at our Center for
Compassion located at 1450 Rollins Road in Burlingame.

PHS/SPCA is open Monday through Friday 11 am to 7 pm and 11 am to 6 pm on the weekends.  The adoption fees for the Ball Pythons vary, but for more information please call 650-340-7022.


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