Clutch number 2 is down…

and it’s a doozy!  This girl is turning into quite a monster.  She started out with 6 eggs her first clutch, 9 eggs her second clutch (although one was infertile), and now she just laid a whopping 10 eggs!  Hopefully they’re all good, I won’t have a chance to candle them until later tonight.  This clutch should also let us know for sure if there’s anything special going on with her and the brownback lesser she produced in 2010 or if he’s just a really nice lesser.  Clutch bp12-2.

Gotta take the good with the bad…

This past Tuesday marked another first for us in the realm of keeping snakes, but it wasn’t a good first.  I came home from work to find one of our breeding girls that had been fine that morning dead in her cage.  On top of that, our black pastel yellowbelly male was currently in the cage with her — let the worrying about something that could affect the rest of the collection begin!  We quickly called our reptile vet and made an appointment for a necropsy the following night.  After a ninety minute drive we were relieved to learn that it was nothing contagious, and nothing that we were responsible for.  It turned out that she had ovarian cancer and the tumor had ruptured, causing her to bleed out into the lower half of her body.  

RIP Speckles, 2006-2012

On to the good news!  We’ve had a couple more ovulations, one of which happens to be one of our ‘superblack’ sumatran short tailed pythons!  We had bought them as a male and female pair, but I guess this is definite proof that the ‘male’ is really a female… it’ll be interesting to see what comes out of this girl.  Hopefully we’ll end up with a male that looks as good as her to become one of our breeders.

The other ovulation is from one of our black pastel girls.  I’ve  been pairing her up with our albino spider male, so I’m hoping to get some black bee het albinos out of this clutch!