A new clutch of eggs was laid today! Alice, gave us a clutch with eight eggs total, though five were slugs and one of the good eggs has weak veins. We actually weren’t expecting her to go (she was paired earlier in the season, but as both males had gone off food in late spring, she hadn’t been paired recently) so we’re considering the two good eggs and one questionable egg a bonus! Especially as she never lost her appetite so is only 150g smaller than her weight at start of pairing last year. Alice is one of the first girls we got and is a big ‘ol het Clown. She was paired with Hartfors (Clown) and Petrie (Pastel het Clown) so our fingers are crossed for at least one visual clown ball python from the clutch.
And in fantastic news… Our little Lavender Albino baby, whose aversion to food has been the subject of a few previous news updates, has finally started eating F/T on his own! In an adorable coincidence, someone put a hold on him literally the day before he started eating, so we joked that he was just holding out until he knew he had a home to go to.
Our Fire Woma het Hypo also had a CRAZY ovulation a couple weeks ago! If you have ever wondered what a ball python ovulation looks like, check out the highlight category called Upcoming on our Instagram profile. Picture of her building and soaking lead up to the craziest ovulation we’ve ever seen!
A nice, big clutch of 9 eggs has been laid by Chantel, our Champagne. The clutch is dual sired with a Black Pastel and Coral Glow, so it’ll be interesting to see what comes out of the eggs in 2 months! Lots of people have been asking about Pied ball pythons, so keep this clutch on your radar. Black Pastel Champagne shares some visual similarities with Piebald (usually having a white ringer around the tail) though genetically, is an entirely different morph!
Our Blue Eyed Leucistic x Mojave clutch is now all out of the egg! All have been spoken for: The three BELs have holds (and a waitlist if a hold falls through) and the one Mojave will be a holdback! We’ve posted photos of the BELs on our instagram and will put them up as holds on this website when they’ve been sexed and photographed.
And alas, we were hoping that this year would be the first time we could attend the Western Canadian Reptile Expo in Red Deer, Alberta, but we are in the same position we were in last year at this time: sold out of ball pythons!! It’s a nice problem to have, but we hope that won’t be an issue for much longer. We got a great new incubator from Cornel’s World in Calgary, Alberta, so we can now plan for at least ten clutches a year. As always, we are so grateful for all the support and interest we’ve received from ball python enthusiasts across Canada!
We got home last weekend from our trip to Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta, just in time for our latest clutch of eggs to hatch! This one is a clutch containing a very popular morph (and if you’re into ball pythons, we’re sure you can guess what it is… rhymes with True Spied Juicy!) so before the new babies are on our website, we’ll be notifying our general mailing list and notification list about them. Our mailing list and notification list always hear about new ball pythons first (and thus get first crack at them!) so if there’s a morph you’re interested in, we invite you to sign up!
In other news, our little Lavender Albino baby still isn’t taking food on their own. We’ll never give up on any of our animals though, so we’ve continued the routine of assist feeding (putting a F/T mouse into his mouth and allowing him to swallow) and once a month offering a live mouse. He is slowly putting on weight and is otherwise a great little guy. Many folks at ball-pythons.net were very helpful and encouraging when we felt down and worried about him. One person even said they have had had snakes take a year to eat on their own, so to keep at it! It was very reassuring to hear. If you ever have questions or would like feedback from a group of experienced people about anything related to ball pythons, their forum is an excellent resource.
We also have more eggs due to be laid soon! Fingers crossed that this time next week, when we post the new babies, we’ll also be announcing the arrival of a new clutch!
Remember our previous post about the egg with half veins from our Lavender Albino clutch? Well that baby sure knows how to keep us on our toes. Months after hatching, they still have not begun eating well! We’ve kept a close eye on the baby’s weight to ensure they didn’t starve, but after exhausting all other options, had to do the last straw: force feeding. We have seen some progress though, as they are now accepting assist fed food! Every hatchling is worth helping if we can, so we will continue working on this baby for as long as it takes for them to start taking food. Hopefully we’ll have good news about them soon!
note: Force feeding and assist feeding should only be done by breeders or vets to hatchlings when all other methods of encouraging the snake to accept food have been exhausted.
It should never be done to a ball python who has previously accepted food on their own and is just in a fast. Fasting snakes is a major cause for anxiety among snake owners, but it is completely normal-we have a male for fasts 7-8 months straight every year and is perfectly healthy!
We’ll have a table at the upcoming BC Reptile Club Expo in Abbotsford on April 27th and 28th. Come say hi and chat with us! We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about ball pythons, their husbandry, and breeding*. Our table will be along the front wall, to the left of the entrance.
If you’ve seen our instagram or availability page, you know we’re currently sold out of snakes until our 2019 babies are ready for new homes, so unfortunately, our lovely, tired faces will be the only thing you see at our booth! Aside from answering general ball python questions though, we will gladly tell you all about our upcoming clutches and projects that we have on the go!
*And if you really wanna keep up occupied, feel free to chat with us about what you think is going to happen in Game of Thrones or who you think is gonna snatch the crown on Drag Race!