1. SOAK THE SNAKE
The first thing you will want to do when your snake arrives is to soak the snake. The shipping process can really dehydrate the snake so soaking the snake will give it a chance to re-hydrate and to clean the snake should it have urinated during the shipping process. Make sure the water is lukewarm. By lukewarm, we mean just barely above room temperature. We aren’t trying to cook ’em! Also, make sure the water doesn’t come more than halfway up the snake. The snake shouldn’t have to swim.
2. SET IT AND FORGET IT
As exciting as getting a new ball python can be, try to resist the urge to take it out and show it off. Your snake is going to be very nervous about it’s new surroundings. Giving it a few days without handling will allow the snake to adjust to it’s surroundings and get comfortable. The sooner they get comfortable, the sooner they will eat and you can start showing it off to the world!
Give your snake a few days to adjust before attempting to feed. We always recommend feeding in the evening time for the first time. Snakes are more active in the evening and a shy snake that is still unsure of it’s surroundings will feel more confident with the cover of nightfall.