Our first clutch of 2020 has hatched! Six eggs, with three Highways, two Yellow Belly, and one Normal. At the time of writing this, all of the babies with the exception of one Highway are spoken for. It’s been so amazing seeing these guys in person. But WOW are these babies bitey!! The parents are both incredible eaters, so we’re hoping this means they’ve passed some of that onto their offspring! We’ll need to work with them a little more to get them more used to people, so please wish our fingers luck! (Curtis was bit five times trying to sex them!! It doesn’t hurt badly, but still, WOW!)
We got a video of the clutch, as well as some super fun footage of them hatching inside the incubator! Happy Canada Day!!
We’re excited to share our first foray into YouTube! Click on read more (below) to view our in-depth look at the Coral Glow Fire Woma clutch. Thank you so much to everyone who has subscribed, liked, and commented. We really put our hearts into this and are so happy people have liked the video!
Our Blue Eyed Leucistic clutch has also been laid! Nuala, our Mojave, laid seven big, healthy eggs yesterday! The father, Ansel, is a BEL, so we have a 50/50 chance at BEL babies. Three of the BELs have pre-hatch deposits already, so depending on what hatches, all of them may already be spoken for. We like to give our girls breaks from breeding so Nuala will be off next season, but we have other girls up to size who are ready to fill in. We may try to breed two BEL clutches as we can’t seem to keep them coming fast enough!
We have more clutches being laid late this month and early next month, and our first clutch of 2020 is hatching in approximately a month!
Life is still a bit crazy due to COVID, but there are still some normal things happening… Like ball pythons laying eggs in spring! Our first clutch has been laid, and we are so beyond stoked because this has been a highly anticipated batch of eggs. Ariamis, our Yellow Belly/Gravel, just laid six perfect eggs. She was paired with King Stumpington, who is also a Yellow Belly/Gravel.
We’re always excited to get eggs, but this one is something special since the results of the clutch may help us figure out if they are Yellow Belly or Gravel*. If we hatch some Ivories (Super Yellow Belly) we know they’re Yellow Belly, and if we hatch from Super Gravels, then they’re both Gravel.
If they’re both different morphs, we won’t be able to figure out their genetics, but we wouldn’t even be disappointed! If they are both different, it means we’d be hatching out Highway ball pythons, which are an incredibly striking, unique morph. We will also still have another shot at proving out King Stumpington next year, as we have Serafina, a Pastel Yellow Belly/Gravel, who will be up to size by next season!
*Yellow Belly and Gravel ball pythons are visually indistinguishable. Even the most experienced breeders can’t tell them apart! Why are they considered different morphs then? Because when bred together, either in their super form or as co-dom morphs, they produce babies that are very different in terms of looks!
Ariamis coiled around her eggs. There are six under her!
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.
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