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Archive for May, 2014

Today’s project…

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Didn't get as much done today as I would have liked with having to go in to work this morning, but I did manage to get this rack built to replace some water damaged ones that have been out of commission. Guess today wasn't totally unproductive!

Sometimes plans change!

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Any ball python breeder that's been doing this for a few years probably knows what it's like to spend hours if not days mapping out and deciding their possible pairings at the beginning of each season.  They also probably know what it's like to throw that plan out the window on a moment's whim!  I had my albino projects mapped out a few years ahead beginning in 2010.  In 2010 I produced my male albino spider.  I then planned to breed him to one of my black pastel girls with the hope of hatching out a black pastel spider het albino.  I did hit one of those in 2012, but it was a female.  Instead I held back a male black pastel het albino with the intention of breeding him to both of my albino girls this season to produce some black pastel albinos, and then my years of planning went out the window! I picked up this butter het albino a couple of months ago, he's out of quarantine and locking up with my big 3000+ gram albino girl who is well into development.  She laid 10 eggs for me in 2012, so here's hoping for a good clutch of albino butters, which will definitely go well with the various het albino morph girls I'm already raising up! 😀

NOR-2006-F5 x OD-PIN-2012-M1

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Clutch ID: bp14-14

SIRE: OD-PIN-2012-M1


8 eggs

Results: 2.2 orange dream, 1.1 pinstripe, 1.1 normal

Status: Eggs hatched!
Laid: 07/18/2014
Due: 09/16/2014


BPYB-2012-F1 x BLD-CLN-2010-M1

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Clutch ID: bp14-13


DAM: BPYB-2012-F1

5 eggs

Results: 1.0 black pastel yellowbelly het clown, 0.1 black pastel het clown, 1.1 het clown

Status: Eggs hatched!
Laid: 07/06/2014
Due: 09/04/2014


VAN-2012-F1 X PAS-VAN-2012-M1

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Clutch ID: bp14-12


DAM: VAN-2012-F1

9 eggs

Results: 1.2 super vanilla pastels, 0.2 vanilla pastels, 1.0 pastel, 1.1 vanillas, and 1.0 normal

Status: Eggs hatched!
Laid: 06/29/2014
Due: 08/28/2014


ENC-HYPPH-2010-F1 x OD-PIN-2012-M1

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Clutch ID: bp14-11

SIRE: OD-PIN-2012-M1


5 eggs

Results: 1.0 od pin, 1.0 enchi pin, 1.0 enchi, 1.0 pin, and 0.1 od enchi

Status: Eggs hatched!
Laid: 06/28/2014
Due: 08/27/2014


LB-MK-F1 x OD-SPI-2012-M1

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Clutch ID: bp14-10

SIRE: OD-SPI-2012-M1


8 eggs

Results: 1.0 orange dream lemonblast, 1.2 orange dream pastels, 0.1 bumblebee, 0.1 spider, 0.1 pastel, 0.1 orange dream

Status: Eggs hatched!
Laid: 06/23/2014
Due: 08/22/2014


Barnhart black pastel comparison

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

These are a couple of Barnhart line black pastels that were produced from my Barnhart line black pastel yellowbelly male.  They're the same age, though the female is slightly larger.  I wonder if this is just natural variation in the black pastel gene or if it could be due to the elusive third gene that is suspected to cause the extreme look in the Barnhart black pastel yellowbelly combo?

Round number two!

Monday, May 26th, 2014

This is round two for trying to prove out this possible het clown girl.  She laid four eggs for me last year and I struck out on any visual clowns, but I did end up with 5 hatchlings.  She put the weight back on real quick and then some, so I was hoping for another egg or two this go around, but no such luck.  Instead she made up for it in egg mass!  This is the definitely the oddest sized clutch I've personally come across yet.  Four eggs, each a different size.

Lucky number seven!

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Clutch seven was laid last night.  This vanilla girl laid five healthy eggs sired by either my dream bee or orange dream pinstripe.  I'll be happy with either, but I'm hoping more for the pinstripe side of things. 😀

These two are getting a late start…

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

First observed lock for this pair.  My hopes aren't real high that this girl will go but it sure would be nice to hatch out a lesser dream bee!

Clutch six!

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Clutch six was just laid by a possible het clown female I produced in 2008.  This clutch was sired by my blade clown so hopefully she proves out!

Clutch number five!

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Clutch number five was laid this morning, this will be my second shot at hitting a lesser Barnhart black pastel yellowbelly combo this year.

Clutch number four!

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

This fire girl just laid six eggs today, she was paired with my orange dream pinstripe male.

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