As with so many things in life right now, COVID has affected even our small reptile community here in Vancouver. The BC Reptile Club Spring Expo has been cancelled, so the Fall Expo will likely be the only reptile expo we are able to vend at this year. For the time being, we have also stopped shipping in order to avoid the airport and taking public transit (fun fact: neither of us drive!). Like everyone else, we’re hoping this will resolve quickly and life will get back to normal soon! Hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy!
Our 2020 ball python breeding season is in full swing! We’re already seeing clear signs that two females will be laying in the next few months. The big news is that one of these potentially contains everyone’s favourite Blue Eyed Leucistic ball python. The second is proving out Yellow Belly or Gravel in two of our snakes, so we’ll be seeing some Ivories, Super Gravels, or Freeway babies from that clutch. We have a second female who is Pastel Yellowbelly or Gravel we need to prove out, and she just got up to size. We aren’t sure if she will go this year since it is getting late in the season, but we’ll be beginning to pair her soon in hopes that she will! You can see a full list of our current pairings here.
If you want to keep up to date, we encourage you to sign up to our mailing list. The list is always the first to know about new clutches, meaning they get the first chance to place holds on new babies!
Freyja (Fire Woma het Hypo) and Apollo (Coral Glow het Pied)’s eggs have hatched, and the results are what we hoped for! Among the babies are two Coral Glow Fire Womas, which as far as we know, are the first ball pythons with that combination of genes. One of them is a hold back and is staying with us, but one is available!
The clutch results are as follows. All of these babies are now listed on our available ball pythons page with gender and pricing. All are 50% het Hypo and Pied:
2 Coral Glow Fire Woma (1 being held back)
1 Coral Glow Woma
1 Coral Glow Fire
This clutch hatched on December 21st, and was a great way to end 2019! We hope you had great holidays and a happy new year!
Left is the Coral Glow Woma, and right is one of the Coral Glow Fire Womas. Aside from Fire having a lighter colouration, another difference between the two babies after their first shed is that the Coral Glow Woma has a yellow belly, and the Fire has a white belly.
We finally have babies that are perfect for people who have been waiting for basic morphs for a pet ball python! As always, our mailing list found out about the clutch as soon as they hatched, and most were snatched up right away! There is only one Pastel (who is also 66% het Clown) remaining from the clutch. They are now on our available ball pythons page, as well as one 2019 Blue Eyed Leucistic female who has yet to be spoken for.
The 2019 season isn’t over yet though! We still have one more clutch in the incubator. Freyja, our Fire Woma het Hypo, laid nine eggs last month, and they are due to hatch shortly before New Year. She was paired with Apollo, our Coral Glow het Pied, and MC Hisser, our Firefly. Pairing for next year’s babies is also well underway! If you’d like to see what morphs we’re breeding, check out our upcoming morphs page.
Freyja, our Fire Woma het Hypo, laid eight massive eggs a few days ago! She was paired with a Coral Glow and a Firefly, and either way, we are excited to see what ball python morphs are in those eggs!! We are also expecting Alice’s eggs to hatch in approximately 2 weeks. Alice is a het Clown and was paired with a Clown and a Pastel het Clown. That being said, our usual excitement for new babies has been tempered by some recent sad news…
Breeding ball pythons is normally full of excitement and happiness, but every once and awhile, something heartbreaking happens that reminds you of how delicate and unpredictable life can be. Our Champagne clutch that was dual sired between a Black Pastel and Coral Glow clutch has hatched. It appears that our Black Pastel, Vader, was the father, but unfortunately, most of the babies were mildly to severely deformed, and several did not make it out of their eggs. After a couple weeks observation and thorough examination, four of the babies needed to be euthanized. Needless to say, it was an extremely sad day over here and many tears were shed.
One of the babies appears perfectly healthy and normal, and we have high hopes that he will grow and develop regularly. Two others with mild deformities may be able to make it, so we’ll be hoping with all our might that they will accept food and be able to eat on their own. We cannot in good conscience end the life of an animal who can potentially live a healthy, normal life, though no matter what, any babies from this clutch who make it will be sold as pets only. Our hope is that our next news update will contain good news about these little ones!