This is actually something I don’t know! Probably. Snakes have very acute senses of smell due to their eyesight not being great. I know there are many breeders and snake-keepers who handles dozens if not hundreds of snakes a day without any real issue.
amazon has a lot of cheap scales - strike a good balance between low price and something that has positive reviews confirming its accuracy. most kitchen stores will have these as well - food scales are great because they’re meant to be able to weigh fairly light things. if you want to think ahead, get a scale that can handle 1.5-3 kg (about 2-6 lbs) as that’s the range adults will get into (although, most people stop weighing after about 1800 grams because by that point any adult is large enough to breed anyways, but it can be handy for checking your ball’s weight during a fasting period).
I use this scale personally (also available on .ca for canadian readers), it’s cheap and great for weighing my babies. haha. It does not weigh to one decimal point (not important to me personally) but it does weigh up to 5kg!
This one is good and comes in different colours, and this one has a bowl pre-attached for keeping your babies in place but may not fit full-grown females.
speaking of the desert morph, the mod of this blog just picked up a desert baby girl off craigslist! killer deal. the owner actually didn’t know the genetics, but it looks like a toss-up between desert and enchi pastel to me. opinions?
Killer dorsal on this Desert Pin. I’ve always love the contrast you get out of the combo but since it’s a Desert, I wouldn’t recommend breeding even if it is really nice.
Will always be an incredibly attractive pet though!
an interesting add-on to the desert comment - male deserts seem to breed and pass on their genes as per normal, but bred female deserts die or lay slug-eggs 99% of the time. this means that if you desert in your breeding program, any female animal with the gene is not a viable breeder. however, this does make them more affordable, gorgeous pets. something to consider!
Ball pythons aren’t smelly at all - they only poop about once or twice a week depending on its feeding schedule, at which point you throw the substrate away and replace it, problem solved. They are very low maintenance pets - a few things need to be perfect (tank temperature, humidity, surfaces to rub shed skin on) but otherwise there is very little they require from their human. I’d go so far to say that you could keep a ball for months without anyone knowing due to how quiet and odourless they are (not that I would ever recommend trying to keep one secretly).