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The Complete Ball Python: A Comprehensive Guide to Care, Breeding and Genetic Mutations Hardcover – January 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: ECO & Serpent's Tale Nat Hist (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780971319
  • ISBN-13: 978-9780971311
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,333,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just finished reading this book from the library and will now purchase it in the near future.
chondroman
With the headline being said, I can say only that I have received the book and started reading this book right away, it is very informative so far.
Perry P.
The book is awesome, contains a lot of helpful AND necessary info for anyone who is interested in / already has owned ball pythons.
apirlo74

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dale T. Sirkle on January 4, 2008
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I had purchased several smaller paperback books on ball pythons and found them to not contain very much in the way of helpful information.This book covers all that you need to know to own,raise,breed,and provide proper care for ball pythons.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Samuel R. Van Norman on April 23, 2008
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this book is probably the best investment i have put into my snake hobby by far. It is more informative than the vets around my location and it contains beautiful full color pictures of every thing from enclosures to breeding and on to the many genetic morphs of the ball python its easy to read and contains the info for the entire aspect of owning and caring for ball pythons in my opinion and i hope other buyers will think so also.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Pearson on September 25, 2008
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This book is great for the absolute beginner, and no matter what is still an excellent addition to any collection. Every "ball python person" I knew sang the praises of this book, and told me it was the equivocal "ball python bible". I pined and pined after this book for months until I finally purchased it.

I sat down and promptly read it from cover to cover.

I was, a bit disappointed, actually. While it did have great information, this book is very much targeted towards beginners. It does not even touch on some issues for those of us who have been in the hobby a very long time. Then the last bit of the book is all pictures and descriptions of morphs.

I won't say I didn't enjoy it, because I did. I won't say it's useless, because it's not. I have it up on one of my racks in my reptile room, and thumb through it periodically. It is handy o have to show visitors what I'm talking about, or to loan to first-time ball python people in my life.

I suppose after reading the book, I just got a big sense of "Well... I already knew THAT..."

Maybe it's just a case of having too much buildup. I was expecting "the only book I will ever need". And this is, not everything I was told it was. Very handy, very informative, but not quintessentially necessary, or "the only book you'll ever need about ball pythons."

I do hope they'll come out with "The more complete ball python" as they did for chondros. I'll certainly buy it, and perhaps it will fill the gaps of this one. One can only hope. :)

So, overall, I could take or leave this book. Not happy having spent $50 on it, though. Should have waited until the price went down on it. ~.~
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris on September 16, 2011
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I have read so many ball python books and none offer the insight that you get from this. I was a little scared by the price, but if you love and keep balls(royals) you need to get this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By apirlo74 on June 4, 2014
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The book is awesome, contains a lot of helpful AND necessary info for anyone who is interested in / already has owned ball pythons.
The book actually got here faster than expected, so that's also a plus.
The cover was very LIGHTLY scratched on the top-left corner, but you can tell it was from the expedition, the book itself was sent new, but the package wasn't that much of a great protection against bad handling (again, from the couriers, and anyway you can't really know what exactly caused the scratches).

I would've given it a 4.9/5 because of the tiny scratches, but I'm not gonna give a 4/5, because the book itself deserves more than that.
5/5.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mona K. Wills on October 17, 2009
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The essential book for Ball Python owners. It's a pity that the information becomes old so quickly. However, this is what makes the Ball so fun!
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