The Story of Greenbean the Ball Python
This is Greenbean. He's a beautiful Ball Python owned by our son, Austin. Greenbean is a shy eater and a horribly picky one at that.
You might be wondering where Greenbean got his name. Well, I'm about to tell you the cutest story of a 3 yr old boy and his dream to have a ball python.
You see, when Austin was 3 years old, we went to the zoo. There, Austin spotted this huge ball python named, Monty. From the moment he saw Monty, Austin wanted a snake. However, since his father is NOT a fan of snakes, we got him a stuffed green ball python and was told that when he grew up and got a place of his own, he could get a snake then.
Fast forward 19 years, Austin is now 22 and lives in his own place. So for his birthday, his dad and I got him a beautiful Ball Python from a breeder in Tinley Park up by Chicago. About half way home with this new little friend, Austin says, "Mom, I know what I'm going to name him!" I said, "OH?? And what exactly is that?" He said, "Mom, you remember my stuffed snake? Well.. I finally have it... for real. and so I will be naming this little Boop Noodle, Greenbean!"
And, now, we have Greenbean... the friendly, happy, cuddly ball python that Austin has wanted for 19 years!!
And the Taters?
Since Greenbean is a picky eater, this is where the African Soft Furred Rats come into play.
Since Greenbean was fed ASF since hatching, he will refuse to eat anything else. SO, We got a breeding group of ASF from the breeder we got Greenbean from.
Now, we have babies coming out of our ears. In the last month, we've had 3 litters totaling 32 babies. Keep in mind, this is with ONLY 2 breeding females.
Now you are probably wondering about the name "Greenbean's Tater-Tot Hut". Well, where Austin lives, there are a couple of small children. When they asked what his snake ate, he told them "tater tots" He didn't want to traumatize the small children, and by telling them he ate tater tots, it satisfied their curiosity for now.
I mean, he did name his breeders after taters...
The male is Tater Salad and the females are Fried Tater and Sweet Tater and the babies are...
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African Soft Furred Rats
We breed African Soft Furred Rats (ASF) for your Ball Pythons.
We will add updates as required and are always available to answer questions.
Sizes and Prices
Price list is for LIVE & FROZEN
Currently we do not offer shipping but hope to be able to in the near future.
Pick-up and meet up are available according to our availability.
Current meet-up locations include*:
Bloomington/Normal ($7.00 fee)
Champaign/Urbana ($7.00 fee)
Downs ($5.00 fee)
LeRoy ($2.00 fee)
Farmer City ($2.00 fee)
Clinton ($7.00 fee)
Heyworth ($7.00 fee)
Mahomet ($5.00 fee)
Delivery to anywhere OUTSIDE of Bloomington/Normal or Champaign/Urbana is $20.00 per hour of drive time TO and FROM the meet or drop off location.
We also offer free pick up at our farm.
*There is a $2.00 - $7.00 delivery/meet-up fee to cover travel costs for local deliveries.
Complete Breeding Set-Up
So what DO you get?
- Breeding Trio (1M, 2F) of ASF
- Hefty 40q Clear storage bin with high rise locking lid.
- Water Bottle
- Pre-Done Ventilation holes in both lid and bin
- Small bag of starter feed (rat blocks, dried fruit, bird seed)
Weaning Set Ups include:
- Hefty 18q Clear storage bin with locking high rise lid
- Water Bottle
- Pre-done Ventilation holes in lid and tote
Just $20.00 each
Some information to consider
- They are not happy if they do not have other soft fur rats with them, the more in your group, the better but the advised ratio is at least two.
- They live in large colonies in the wild and they are happier in larger colonies though just keeping a couple is acceptable.
- The best way to pick up a soft fur rat is by the base of its tail, they are more apt to nip or bite when grasped from behind.
- Soft fur rats are strictly nocturnal, you will rarely see them out in the day.
- As for odor - ASF produce little to no odor unlike domesticated fancy rats/mice.