Empress, our Enchi Pastave female, appears to be gravid! She was paired with Hartfors, our Clown male. Hartfors (right top) is an exemplary Clown with very crisp, clean, elegant markings. Empress (right bottom) had her pre-lay shed on March 3rd and now has the telltale V spine, plus has been laying in a coil in the hot side of her enclosure.
Chantel, our Champagne female, is currently deep in shed. This is very likely a pre-lay shed because maaaaan is she huge and miserable looking! Chantel was paired with Vader (Black Pastel) and Apollo (Coral Glow het Pied). Nuala, our Mojave female, who was paired with Ansel, our BEL, is showing signs of ovulation as well. A full list of all ball pythons currently being paired can be found here!
Our lone egg from our Lavender Albino x Het Lavender Albino clutch is due to hatch in approximately three week as well! Fingers crossed, next month we’ll be updating you with news about a healthy baby python and a new clutch in the incubator from Empress/Hartfors!
Our first clutch of the season has been laid, and while it isn’t quite the news we were hoping to have, some good news is better than nothing but bad news! Our het Lavender Albino, Mrs. Bucket, laid on February 1st, from our Lavender Albino, Buttercup. Unfortunately, we only got one egg out of it, and the reason we’ve taken some time before announcing it is that we wanted to make sure the egg was viable enough to make it through the first week, because it only has half veins.
While it is a little disappointing, we’re still very happy to have even one egg! Mrs. Bucket is 7 years old, and this was her fourth year being paired, however this was the first year she has actually conceived. Buttercup is a proven breeder (and a very good one at that! We always see so many locks from him!) so we knew Mrs. Bucket was the one having troubles. We started breeding them a few months earlier this year to see if it made a difference, and it did!
Mrs. Bucket’s pregnancy wasn’t smooth, so only getting one viable egg wasn’t a huge surprise. She had already passed approximately 5 teeny tiny slugs on two occasions before her due date (two immediately after her pre-lay shed, and another three a couple weeks later) and she laid 2 days early. She ended up laying 1 egg and 8 slugs on February 1st, so had the pregnancy gone well, we’d have had a whopping 14 egg clutch! It’s not uncommon for first clutches to have some slugs, so fingers crossed that next year, we will have better luck.
The egg is now over a week old and looking fine. We know there’s still no guarantee it will make it to term, but we remain hopeful!!
We’ve started off 2019 on a high note by growing our family of ball pythons with two new girls! A juvenile Cinnamon Pinstripe Sugar, and an adult Fire Woma het Hypo. They’re still settling in and will of course be in quarantine for three months, but we look forward to showing them off and getting proper photos of them after that time! We got them both from Jhun, aka: Ballistic Pythons, and we couldn’t be happier with the girls’ very apparent health and his great service. Definitely a great Canadian breeder to support!
Breeding Season News
Our newsletter has already been updated with how this year’s breeding season is going. We’ll be making some updates here soon as well, but if you’d like to read our latest newsletter to see where we’re at now, you can view it here!
Our Upcoming Morphs page has details about all our pairings this fall! We have seen a few good locks so far! Our Enchi Pastave x Clown (Empress x Hartfors) have been paired since September, and we have recently seen some bowl wrapping from Empress! She might just be doing it to get us excited of course… but it’s working! Our Champagne female (Chantel) has been paired with several males and we’ve seen some good locks from a few of them. She has recently become a VORACIOUS eater, so all good signs there too!
We’ve also got our het Lavender x Lavender Albino (Mrs. Bucket x Buttercup) pairing on the go. We have been pairing these two for many years now and have yet to get a clutch, though Buttercup is a proven breeder, so it’s all on Mrs. Bucket at this point! Many, many, many good locks (like, whoaaa you two…) but we won’t get excited until we see any signs of ovulation from Mrs. Bucket.
We just began our other Clown pairing (Alice x Hartfors) and already have seen locks, and we will begin throwing in our Pastel het Clown male soon as well. Our Albino x Black Pastel het Albino (Lilith x Finn) will begin pairing in a few weeks as well!
We had a blast at the BC Reptile Club Fall show in Abbotsford. If you’re reading this from the Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley area and didn’t attend, we totally recommend you check out the next one, which will be in Spring 2019!
We didn’t pick up any new scaly family members this time around because we have a few snakes in quarantine already. It was still great to window shop though. Even outside of ball pythons, there was so much to look at!
This season, our booth was between CTC Predator Feed and 2M Reptiles. CTC are great people who we use to supply us with mice and rats. 2M Reptiles are Marc and Michelle, two hilarious, kind people who breed bearded dragons. Michelle is also an incredible artist who tattoos and draws gorgeous reptile artwork. Rheanna loves beardies, so getting to hang out with them all weekend was by far the biggest highlight of the show for her. To Armani, the bearded dragon: If you are somehow reading this, Rheanna misses you!
If you’ve been reading our updates, you might remember that at the previous expo in the Spring, we only had six snakes for sale. In funny ‘of course that happened’ news, we actually ended up having even FEWER to sell at this Expo! We didn’t have many pairings because we moved in the middle of breeding season so we didn’t want to risk moving pregnant females, but to top it off-and we certainly aren’t complaining here!!- nearly all of the ball pythons we did hatch sold before the show!
Still, even with only five snakes at our table, it was entirely worth it to be there. If you’re reading this and are a small breeder like us, our advice is get a table at your local show, even if you barely have any reptiles to sell. At the Spring show earlier this year, we felt a bit embarrassed because we were surrounded by big breeders. That soon faded because we made so many connections and got to teach AND learn so much by being there! This time at the Fall show, even though we had even fewer reptiles, we didn’t feel that same nervousness! We had a great time, got to share with people why ball pythons are so rad, and learn so much from new friends we’ve met at the shows.
As always, a huge thank you to all the volunteers at the BCRC who organized the show, and another huge thank you to everyone who took the time to talk and check out our table!