I just had to post this picture of an enchi male we caught poking his head out of the egg this evening. He is only a few hours old in this picture.
This folks is why I love breeding ball pythons.
More to come!
Looks our first clutch of the season is going to be killer! We cut the eggs last night at day 48 on our first clutch. The pairing was our lesser and enchi male to a sweet looking normal female. Well it looks like our stunning enchi male is the sire of the clutch! Out of 7 eggs we definitely have 3 enchis. One of the babies is upside down and I am thinking enchi on it, but my wife thinks normal. So we will see. We should know by this time next week. I already have a few people interested in an enchi, so if you want a girl I’d suggest getting in touch with me asap.
I am so pumped! Let’s hope that all 3 are girls. This way I can keep one back and let go of the others. With my luck they will be all boys. HA!
We cut our next clutch on Tuesday and that’s the black magic clutch. Keep your fingers crossed for us, we could use a little luck considering the past 6 months of misery we’ve gone through. We have 5 eggs from the black pastel het ghost to our Mojave female. Imagine if all of them are black magics?
One can dream right?
Not every clutch is going to be killer, not every female is going to lay, and not every male is going to breed. But as breeders we can do certain things to level the playing field as best we can each day.
Things like making sure everyone has water all the time. Making sure to visually inspect everyone as often as possible. I like to check on everyone once a day when permitted. There are some points where I feel like I know each and everyone’s mood and well-being. You kind of get to know the animals real well if you pay attention enough.
But still even though we do out best to make sure the end result is a nice big clutch of pearly white eggs, it is still up to mother nature. Case in point. One of my bigger proven girls was getting HUGE. She had palpated for 9 eggs. I was so pumped, I had bred my lemon blast and bee to her. This was going to be a great clutch for sure.
Until this morning.
She ended up giving me 4 slugs and 4 eggs. OUCH! That hurt big time. Yes I got 4 nice looking eggs, but I wanted 9 dammit. I worked for 12 months straight with this girl. I fed her, bathed her, watered her. You name it! Don’t I deserve 9 healthy eggs?
Mother nature had other plans for this female. I wish I took some pics but I guess I was so bummed that the though didn’t even cross my mind. Will you forgive me?