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Is it normal for my baby ball python to pee and poop every time she is handled?

Hello Melissa,

Well, that really depends on the individual snake.  Does she seem nervous at all?  How long have you had her?  
Do you handle her then let her roam around on the floor at all in a snake proof room?  LOL
They can pee often if they get nervous, absolutely.  
If she seems nervous then maybe handle her a little less time to see if she eventually calms down.  
Do you have any pictures of her?  If so, feel free to post some of her.
Let me know about her tank setup too, the temperatures, substrate, etc.  Is she eating too?  



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I can answer questions pertaining to health, UVB specifics, overall husbandry care & supplementation, analysis of blood test results, and behavioral problems & handling. I can answer questions pertaining to bearded dragons, leopard geckos, iguanas, uromastyx & ball pythons. I can answer adeno virus related questions in bearded dragons, & then specifically about the testing methods as well. I am beginning an Pogona Adeno Testing Society in 2008 which will help to begin to start some standardization within the bearded dragon colonies of the breeders who choose to test.


I have been working with bearded dragons for over 5 years now, as well as leopard geckos, too. I am currently doing rescues, as well. I hope to be able to educate people prior to them purchasing an exotic pet in order to avoid any health crisis with them.

I have a master's degree in sports medicine & physiology, & 1 year of vet tech schooling, & am currently working on a reptile certification through the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.

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