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Mojave and Mystic Potion Ball Python Morphs

Brooke Billingsley

Ball Pythons are popular snakes and are available in multiple color morphs. Two of those sought-after color morphs are the Mojave and the Mystic Potion. These two color morphs are similar to each other, causing them to be confused with each other frequently. There are some differences between them, though. Keep reading for more information on the Mojave and the Mystic Potion Ball Python.

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Quick Facts about Mojave and Mystic Potion Ball Pythons

Species Name: Python regius
Common Name: Ball Python
Care Level: Moderate
Lifespan: 20-30 years
Adult Size: 2-6 feet
Diet: Carnivorous
Minimum Tank Size: 30-40 gallons
Temperature & Humidity: 72-80˚F (cool area), 80-85˚F (warm hide), 88-96˚F (basking area), 50-60% humidity

Do Mojave and Mystic Potion Ball Pythons Make Good Pets?

Ball Pythons in general tend to make good pets, even for beginners to keeping reptiles. They are often comfortable with human handling, especially if they are handled regularly. This helps them become fully accustomed to human contact, which helps them be more social. They are a great pick for people who want a reptile they can regularly handle. Their care needs are relatively straightforward also.

Appearance

While these two color morphs are similar to each other, there are some subtle differences with the main difference between them being coloration. Both morphs have a shared allele, which is what leads to their similar appearances. Mojave morphs have a coloration that can be described as grey and purple, while Mystic Potion morphs have muted grey, purple, and pink markings.

Related Read: Purple Passion Ball Python Morph

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How to Take Care of Mojave and Mystic Potion Ball Pythons

Habitat, Tank Conditions & Setup

Tank

Adult Ball Pythons require a tank that is at least 30-40 gallons. Glass vivarium tanks are a great pick. Other tank options include plastic tubs and commercially designed reptile cages.

Lighting

Ball Pythons don’t require any special lighting in their tank. They are happiest with normal room or natural lighting.

Heating (Temperature & Humidity)

Ball Pythons require three separate temperature areas in their tank. There should be a “cool” area that stays between 72-80˚F, as well as a warm hide that stays between 80-85˚F. The basking area should be far enough away from the cool area that allows your snake to choose its temperature area. The basking area should be between 88-96˚F.

Substrate

The ideal substrate for Ball Pythons is coconut husk-based substrates. Other acceptable substrates are orchid bark, cypress mulch, newspaper, and paper towels.

Tank Recommendations

Tank Type 30-40 gallon glass vivarium
Lighting Room or natural light
Heating Open basking area and separate warm hide
Best Substrate Coconut husk/coco coir

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Feeding Your Mojave and Mystic Potion Ball Pythons

Ball Pythons are exclusively carnivorous animals and do not require any vitamin supplementation. Adult Ball Pythons should be fed once every 7 days or so, while juveniles may require more frequent feeding. Adults eat small animals, like mice, rats, birds, and fish. Juveniles should be fed animals that are an appropriate size for their size, which is typically pinky mice, fuzzies, and large insects.

When feeding your Ball Python, the food should be large enough to create a slightly noticeable bulge in your snake’s abdomen. They should not be fed live rate or mice since this can lead to injury of the snake if it doesn’t choose to eat. As obligate carnivores, Ball Pythons need to consume the entire body of an animal to receive all the nutrients they need.

Diet Summary

Small animals 100% of diet (adult)
Very small animals or insects 100% of diet (juvenile)
Supplements Required None
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Keeping Your Mojave and Mystic Potion Ball Pythons Healthy

The best way to keep your Ball Python healthy is to ensure its environment is set up correctly and kept clean. Soiled bedding should not be left in the tank and uneaten food should be removed quickly. Maintaining proper temperature and humidity levels are necessary to help prevent problems with shedding, respiratory infections, and other medical issues.

Common Health Issues

  • Mouth rot
  • Parasitic infections
  • Shedding problems
  • Respiratory infections

The most common health issues seen in Ball Pythons are mouth rot, parasitic infections, shedding problems, and respiratory infections. These usually can be prevented with proper environment care and maintenance. Mojave and Mystic Potion Ball Pythons are not known to have health problems specific to the color morphs.

Lifespan

The general life expectancy for Ball Pythons is 20-30 years with proper care. With excellent care, your Ball Python may exceed this age. In 1991, the oldest Ball Python on record passed away at the Philadelphia Zoo at the age of 48.

Breeding

Ball Pythons are ready to breed at just over 2 years of age and can breed up to approximately 30 years. They typically breed between November to March and lay clutches of up to 11 eggs. A proper tank environment is important for stimulating breeding and healthy reproduction.

These snakes are usually stimulated to breed by slightly lowering temperatures within the tank. A male is introduced to the female’s tank if both snakes are healthy and large enough to safely reproduce. Eggs are typically laid near the end of the breeding season and then take another 45-60 days to hatch.

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Are Mojave and Mystic Potion Ball Pythons Friendly? Our Handling Advice

Ball Pythons can become accustomed to being handled by people with regular handling. It is a good idea to not handle them on feeding day and when you first bring them home, it is recommended to give them a few days to decompress before you begin handling them. Handling can occur by slowly and gently working up to picking the snake up by getting it used to touch. With more frequent handling, your snake will be more tolerant of being handled for longer periods of time.

Shedding & Brumation: What to Expect

Ball Pythons should shed every 4-6 weeks. They will shed their skin in one piece and before shedding, their eyes may begin to look blue and cloudy or opaque. Proper temperature and humidity will assist with shedding health. Ball Pythons do not usually brumate, although their appetite may drop during the cooler months.

How Much Do Mojave and Mystic Potion Ball Pythons Cost?

Mojave Ball Pythons usually cost considerably less than Mystic Potion Ball Pythons. For a Mojave Ball Python, expect to spend between $150-300 from a breeder. Mystic Potion Ball Pythons usually start around $400, but you may spend as much as $700 on one.

Care Guide Summary

Pros
  • Docile nature
  • Usually fine with being handled
  • Simple dietary needs
Cons
  • Best to be housed alone for safety and wellness
  • Needs time to adjust to a new environment and being handled by people
  • Diet involves handling dead animals

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Conclusion

Mystic Potion and Mojave Ball Pythons are both beautiful color morphs of the Ball Python. They can be difficult to find, and you will likely have to acquire them through a breeder. Both morphs don’t have any notable medical problems they are predisposed to, and they both make great pets. They can live long lives, so they are not a short-term commitment, and they do require a specific tank setup to maintain their health.


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Brooke Billingsley

Brooke Billingsley spent nine years as a veterinary assistant before becoming a human nurse in 2013. She resides in Arkansas with her boyfriend of five years. She loves all animals and currently shares a home with three dogs, two cats, five fish, and two snails. She has a soft spot for special needs animals and has a three-legged senior dog and an internet famous cat with acromegaly and cerebellar hypoplasia. Fish keeping has become a hobby of Brooke’s and she is continually learning how to give her aquarium pets the best life possible. Brooke enjoys plants and gardening and keeps a vegetable garden during the summer months. She stays active with yoga and obtained her 200-hour yoga teacher certification in 2020. She hosts a podcast focusing on folklore and myth and loves spending her free time researching and writing. Brooke believes that every day is an opportunity for learning and growth and she spends time daily working toward new skills and knowledge.