You know that feeling when you’re sitting on the couch, holding your ball python, and you suddenly think,
“Why does my lap feel wet?
Your snake has just peed on you!
Maybe it’s happened to you before and you’re curious what’s going on.
So, why is my ball python peeing on me?
There could be various causes for this, such as nervousness and stress, preferring to go outside the cage, or simply needing to go at that time.
Your ability to comprehend your ball python will help you determine how well it is doing overall.
Understanding your ball python’s urine is important since it will help you determine whether it is urinating normally or excessively.
Continue reading to learn everything you wanted to know about ball python pee.
Do Snakes Urinate?
After finishing their meal digestion, snakes expel waste.
Solid urates, liquid urine, and feces are all examples of excrement.
The cloaca is an organ used by snakes to urinate and excrete.
This is a digestive tract entrance that is located at the tail’s uppermost portion. It is employed for both mating and egg-laying.
Snakes pee slightly more frequently and have an average feces frequency of 1–4 meals per day.
Although a snake’s urine might be a liquid, it is typically released as solid white lumps known as urates.
Depending on what and how frequently your snake consumes will determine the frequency and consistency of its feces.
Age and species may also have an impact.
Your snake can be constipated if it hasn’t defecated in more than eight weeks.
Do snakes pee out of fear?
If you just got your new python home or if it is a naturally cautious individual, it could become anxious when touched.
When handling your pet, take care not to stress it out.
Your pet should come to you on its own initiative.
If your pet is fearful or shy, you run the danger of getting pee on you.
A snake may also occasionally urinate, defecate, or both as a stress response, depending on the circumstance.
Since they are unable to ask to be set down first while being handled, this commonly happens, and you probably have a notion of what follows.
How to tell if a snake is comfortable with you
If your snake is generally calm and unhurried around you, eats and explores willingly in your company, comes to the front of the enclosure when you are around, and is calm and relaxed when you handle it, then you can assume that it likes or is comfortable with you.
Signs That Your Snake Likes or Feels at Comfortable Around You
Unhurried, calm movements.
When a snake feels threatened or uneasy around a person, it will typically try to flee, usually by moving quickly and frantically.
So a snake that moves around you with calm and ease is generally not scared of you.
Eats while you are there or takes food from you.
When a snake is eating, it becomes more exposed to predators, so if it thinks you might be a threat, it won’t take food from you or eat when you’re around.
Your snake probably trusts or is comfortable with you if it will eat right next to you or will happily take food from you.
When you hold it, it will calmly explore you.
Instead of trying to escape or grasping you forcefully, a snake that holds you softly and probes your arms, shoulders, etc. shows that it is comfortable with you by trusting that you will hold it there and not drop it.
When you are there, move to the front of the enclosure.
If your snake moves to the front of the enclosure when you approach, this is a very telling sign that it likes you or is comfortable with you.
A snake that is afraid of you will probably try to hide when you get close, but a snake that doesn’t care about you will probably do nothing.
Rest on you.
A snake that is comfortable to lay on your arm or shoulder while absorbing your heat is demonstrating its clear faith in you.
Snakes are even more trusting when they’re willing to do this for sleep.
When you are nearby, explore.
When you are present, a snake that is nervous of you may remain motionless or look for a place to hide, but a snake that is at ease with you will love exploring a new area.
Behaves differently when they are around you.
You can tell that your snake recognizes you and prefers to be around you over other people if it approaches the front of the enclosure or wants to be handled by you but not when other people are present.