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!
The BC Reptile Club Fall show is on Sept 22nd and 23rd. We’ll be hyped up on caffeine and eager to talk, so come say hi and ask us all your questions about husbandry, ball pythons as pets, and breeding! We’ll have all of our ball pythons for sale at the show for purchase as well. The show is in the Ag-Rec building at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford, BC.
In other news, we’ve seen courting behaviour and good evidence of locks in our Champagne x Black Pastel and Enchi Pastave x Clown pairings. Our Phantom male is still figuring things out, but we’ll cut him some slack since it’s his first season in the ring!
Ansel (BEL lesser mojave) and Nuala’s (mojave) clutch hatched on July 26th, 2018. Information about individual ball pythons can be found on the available ball pythons page.