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2013 Season: Pt 1 - BPs and Hogs

Posted by Abby McDufford at 7/30/2013 7:21:17 AM

I haven't posted a blog in a while, especially a positive one, so thought some babies might do the trick! Beware, it's a long one! I put together 11 pairs of ball pythons late 2012, and so far 7 of them have gone to ovulate, with at least 1 more who looks like she is on her way. Not bad numbers IMO. So far 3 of the clutches have hatched as well as my first (and only) Western Hognose clutch. On to pics! 

Clutch #1 - unfortunately not a good story (but this blog gets better.) I paired up Aria (Giant Normal - virgin) x Nostromo (Huffman - proven 3x)
Aria laying


She eventually went on to lay a sizeable clutch - 8 fertile and 3 infertile. At first glance they all looked fertile but the candling revealed the 3 infertile. About 1/3 through incubation a fertile egg died for no reason, and not long after another followed. This isn't typical for my clutches so I was concerned. Towards the last leg of incubation 1 other egg was extremely deflated, then died. I cut it open to find a very kinked up undeveloped baby. The other 5 eggs still looked healthy so I just kept my chin up till they were ready. As they approached time to come out I could see some of them were slightly kinked and had strange color to them. All 5 eventually came out (a couple without part of their yolks.) I tried to keep them all alive but it just wasn't meant to be. I have lost 3 of the 5 babies - something obviously went wrong with this clutch as I usually have no difficulty rearing weak babies. Speaking to other breeders they all seem to think it was just a bad clutch. It definitely wasn't incubation and genetics seem unlikely. The 2 survivors seem to be fine but they are proving to be difficult feeders. They are...

PR118-AM11-AxN - cute little female, this one has no deformities.


"Orange" PR120-AM11-AxN - this guy came out looking really orange. He has a single slight kink in his neck. Very easy to miss but I know it is there.

It gets better here on!

Clutch #2 - my first Western Hognose clutch. I bred Beewa (Albino) x Broucho (100% het Albino 50% PH Axanthic)
Beewa checking out her nest box

Broucho's handsome face

Ended up getting 5 fertile, 2 infertile and 3 slugs. I accidentally killed one of the eggs right off the bat (moisture) but the other 4 went the distance. They are the definition of cute.

"Pena" HN05-AM12-BxB - my holdback, the only female in the group. She was the first to pip so she is extra special ;) 100% het Albino.

HN06-AM12-BxB - Male Albino #1 - this guy is pretty awesome so he is going to His Awesomeness our very own Pope. 

HN07-AM12-BxB - 100% het Albino male. This little dude is the only stubborn feeder in the group, hopefully he gets going soon!

HN08-AM12-BxB - Male Albino #2 - my personal favorite from the clutch, he was the smallest but is now the biggest of the group.

 Clutch #3 - This is the first clutch produced out of one of my own hatchlings (the sire.) I bred Minerva (CH Dinker) to Gaebora (CH Yellow Belly)

On eggs

Minerva x Gaebora

Minerva has a cool stripey pattern and light coloration to her so I always categorized her as a Specter or Vanilla type dinker. I figured the YB pairing would be a good test for Specter (should produce a Super Stripe.) She went on to lay 6 eggs, all of which hatched perfect babies, but no Super Stripes although I do see evidence that she is a genetic trait. Speaking to others with experience with the Vanilla gene I am getting good feedback on her. I believe 1 baby looks like the combination of her gene + YB. Regardless of what they are, they are definitely all awesome ;) 

PR122-AM13-MxG - Yellow Belly female #1 - she still hasn't shed, but she has eaten twice already! So this is a newborn pic (commence the awwws)

PR123-AM13-MxG - Dinker female. Really looks like mom, not as stripey but bright and has that uniform pattern and head spot. She is going to Brittany!

PR124-AM13-MxG - Yellow Belly male who really didn't want to cooperate ;)

"Saturnine" PR125-AM13-MxG - One of my holdbacks, this is the one I am pretty confident is the combination of Minerva's gene + YB. He is the only YB out of this line with that dark uniform pattern in his aliens from head to tail. He's very cool looking!

PR126-AM13-MxG - Dinker male, he is also going to Brittany! 

"Val" PR127-AM13-MxG - my other holdback in this clutch, gorgeous bright Yellow Belly female.

Clutch #4 - This clutch was the first trial to shoot for the homozygous/super form of my line of Yellow Bellies. I bred siblings Kaepora (CH YB) x Gaebora (CH YB)

They are pure examples of the line descending directly from WC animals. Kaepora laid 4 fertile 1 slug. All 4 babies came out day 57 - all chubby boys!

"Azor Ahai" PR128-AM14-KxG - My holdback (of course) Ivory male. He is super colorful just like I was hoping. Lots of purple on him!

 no flash so you can see his color better.

PR129-AM14-KxG - Little dinker looking guy. The parents had some dinker siblings that looked similar to this guy. 

PR130-AM14-KxG - Male Yellow Belly #1 - looks a lot like dad did as a baby

PR131-AM14-KxG - Male Yellow Belly #2 - a little less orange than #1 but still very pretty

Minerva and Kaepora's babies are proving to be perfect babies, all of them are eating easy for me already. Another clutch should be hatching any day now, with 2 more due to hatch mid August. Lots of babies <3 As more hatch I will post more blogs. Enjoy!

 Comments: View Oldest First  

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 7/30/2013 7:45:06 AM  

Lots of fun there! Congrats! Love the little Hoggies from their eggs pic! So cute!

Sarah Auzina,
Posted At: 7/30/2013 9:34:41 AM  

So much cute! I love that purple baby!

Posted At: 7/30/2013 9:59:56 AM  


George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 7/30/2013 10:10:29 AM  


Emily Milton,
Posted At: 7/30/2013 10:14:05 AM  

Wow!  They're beautiful!

Also, major props for naming one of your snakes Nostromo 

Abby McDufford,
Posted At: 7/30/2013 10:37:17 AM  

Thanks everyone!!

and Emily, you're one of the few people who's made a comment on his name, so major points to you ;) Most of my snakes have nerd names... Movies, video games, books and mythology are my main sources :P

Emily Milton,
Posted At: 7/30/2013 11:06:04 AM  

for Abby!!!

Lauren ,
Posted At: 7/30/2013 1:07:00 PM  

Those hoggies are adorable! The balls are pretty cute for duck beaks. ;) congrats on the babies!

Posted At: 7/30/2013 3:00:23 PM  

Grats! So jealous of all your babies, still impatiently waiting for mine to be born!

Aundria McDufford,
Posted At: 7/31/2013 2:35:57 AM  

Great job once again Ab!

Posted At: 7/31/2013 10:48:27 AM  

Congrats on all the success! They all look great, but I think I love some of those yellowbellies the most!

Abby McDufford,
Posted At: 7/31/2013 10:51:25 AM  

Thanks :) The Yellow Bellies are exciting to me since they are my own line. Descending from WC animals they are some of the brightest YBs I've ever seen. It'll be fun seeing how this line crosses with other morphs down the line, so far only one other person has one of these guys so not much has been done yet.

Posted At: 7/31/2013 10:56:59 AM  

That's great! They really are super bright! If you ever want more people to work with them, just send 1... or 10 of them this way!! 

Pope of iHerp and Bread,
Posted At: 7/31/2013 2:21:37 PM  

You know I love Dibs!

That dirt snake isn't too shabby either.

Pope of iHerp and Bread,
Posted At: 7/31/2013 2:21:54 PM  

You know, that purple dirt snake.

Lisa ,
Posted At: 7/31/2013 5:17:46 PM  

They are beautiful!  They need their cute little heads smooched!   

Andrea ,
Posted At: 8/6/2013 9:23:13 PM  

Very cute little hoggies!! Congrats on the good clutches!

Posted At: 8/31/2013 9:44:31 PM  

Genetics is as much as a sure thing as anything DYNAMIC.  When you think of getting AB, you get AB, AAC, ACC, Abc and possibly AABB...  We try to play God and Darwin throws that monkey wrench in to the equasion...  I love it...

Posted At: 8/31/2013 9:48:53 PM  

My last post was completely biased...  Fai enough for any critique from EVERY  breeder that has produced successful LIVING cluthces or litters.  I still say that genetics will always be a complete gamble...  For the faithful you accept this, the agnostic you accept and know this.  The athiest will argue that my typing skills are off and that you make a het from any normal...  And still get 100% normals...  LOL!!!

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