Best year and worst year all rolled into one…

We’ve had some really good luck with the ball pythons this year.  Unfortunately our black bloods not so much.  Starting off we only witnessed one copulation between the two groups we paired up.  Then it looked like things were turning around when I came home from lunch to find that one of the girls had laid a surprise clutch.  Now however, it turns out that only one hatchling from the clutch survived.  At this point I’m pretty sure the rest couldn’t pip properly and ended up drowning in the eggs.  Turns out that first one didn’t get its head out of the egg until day 66 of incubation.  Anyways, here’s a picture of the one that made it…

Finally a decent recessive clutch…

We’ve had horrible odds on all things recessive this year.  From missing the odds on a clown from our het clown x het clown breeding to getting mostly males or plain hets from all our recessive gene pairings, the odds finally came out in our favor!  The albino x spider het albino clutch is done hatching and we ended up with the male albino spider we were looking for, along with 3 more albinos, 2 spider het albinos, and only one regular het albino.

We also got our male enchi het hypo that I was hoping for from clutch bp10-8.  Of course it was the ONLY enchi in the clutch!