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Spider Ball Python Project

 

By now, everyone knows how exciting the ball python world has become. Everyday it seems to change with new morphs, including patterns and colors, come onto the scene.

Ball pythons, in themselves are a fun animal. A great pet by far. And even in their natural form, they are wonderful. Like a finger print, no two are alike. With their relatively small size, (3-5 feet) and their shy personality, ball pythons will always be a favorite pet.

However, many breeders have discovered ways to improve on them. One of our favorite morphs, is the "Spider Ball". Discovered and proved out by Kevin at New England Reptile Distributors INC. aka "NERD". This ball python seems to not only have remarkable color and pattern differences, but a personality to go with it.

This past winter, we got together with another couple, (Brandon & Nicole L.) to form a breeding group of spider balls. The male was acquired directly from Kevin at NERD. This special animal booked a flight on Delta and was flown to us in perfect form. And, just as Kevin had promised, we were not disappointed. This animal has eaten, grown and now bred all in a few short months.

We have 6 females assigned to "Spiderman". (I know, I know, not very original). And in keeping with the spider's reputation, he has wasted no time at all. Photos below show him hooked up with 4 of the 6 girls. He was seen hooked up with a 5th but my camera battery was dead. Maybe next time.

So, in a few short months, we hope to hatch out our own spider balls from this great line of morphs. Well, keep you posted.

3/29/05-Finally caught a couple shots of Spiderman breeding BL-B-2. That's 5 down and 1 to go.

 


Spider breeding "OOR" 3/10/05


Spider breeding "Daisy" 3/14/05



Spider breeding "TK" 3/18/05

Spider breeding DW-B-2 3/20/05


Spider breeding BL-B-2 3/29/05

 

Pastel Ball Python Project

 

Speaking of color changes. The pastel is an amazing gene to work with. Like so many other genes out there, the pastel works very well by itself to create a beautiful ball python. And if that isn't enough, when bred to itself, it forms a super pastel. The pastel gene is a co-dominant. Which means you can breed a pastel, to a normal, natural looking mate and get 50% pastels and 50% normal's. When bred to a pastel mate, you get super pastels. When you breed a super pastel to a normal, you get 100% pastels.

There is no such thing as a "het" pastel. In reality, the pastel IS the het form of a super pastel. aka "Visual Het". This animal can be combined with most all other morphs to create pastel version of that morph. A very important "ingredient" in the morph game. Some day, with the spider project, we hope to combine the offspring to the pastel to create pastel spiders. Named by Kevin at NERD to be the "Bumblebee".

There are several different lines of pastels. The one we are working with at this time is commonly referred to as Bell Line Pastel. Simply enough, because Mark Bell discovered and proved out this line. We acquired this pastel indirectly from Mark Bell through Jay at Prehistoric Pets.

Our male pastel has proven to be a real challenge however. As of yet, he has not "hooked up" with any of our females. We have 3 females assigned to our pastel. If there has been any successful breeding, we have missed it. This pastel is also very jumpy and shy. A difficult eater. Now, this all may be due to his young age. Still at 500grams, he has a lot of growing up to do. We have high hopes for him next year.

 

 

 

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