I know that what I do isn't the be-all-end-all of Ball Python breeding.
I know I don't know everything, and neither does anyone else out there.
(If they say they do, well... keep walking)
But I do know for certain what I prefer.
I prefer to feed live, although there can be issues with that. Animals eat easier, but problems can and will arise with live prey if left alone for too long.
I prefer sani-chips, although there can be issues with that as well. Sani-chips can be swallowed, and although can also be passed... it can cause problems in the bowels and also in the reproductive areas. I use paper towels, but they are hard to keep clean for long, and need changing often.
I prefer to use closed rack systems, with sides that are enclosed. I use both, but I do notice that many animals do prefer the magic of darkness and enclosed spaces.
I prefer rats over mice. Mice smell and are small, wherein rats smell and are big. Big is easier to feed (if they are feeding) to a Ball Python than many smalls at one time.
I prefer to artificially incubate at 89F. I know people who do it lower, and those that do it higher. In general, this temp works for me.
I prefer to use substrate when incubating. I use vermiculite. It works. It's messy, but it works.
I prefer Coke to Pepsi.
I prefer Chocolate to Vanilla.
I prefer Dogs to Cats.
I prefer the 49ers over all other NFL Football teams.
I hope this helps.
What do you prefer?