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The ball python (royal python) is a good snake for a beginning snake owner. Growing to a maximum size of 3-5 feet, ball pythons are not as large as many of the other constricting snakes that are kept as pets, and are quite docile and easy to handle. There are not a lot of recent books about ball pythons, but the following are worthwhile choices for any owner.
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"The Ball Python Manual"
A 76-page softcover book (by Philippe De Vosjoli, Roger Klingenberg, Tracy Barker, and David Barker) that is considered by many to be the best ball python reference on the market. Some beginners might find it a little lacking in the basics, but it has detailed information on more advanced husbandry topics as well as problems and treatments.
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"Pythons : Everything About Selection, Care, Nutrition, Diseases, Breeding, and
A softcover book in the Barron's "Complete Pet Owner's Manual" series, by Patricia Pope Bartlett, Ernie Wagner, and R. Pinney. This book is about pythons in general, with only a brief section specific to the ball pythons. However, there is enough general information on husbandry that many owners will find it a useful general resource.