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And now for the blog George and Aimee have been waiting for! New Guineas!

Posted by Sonja K. at 11/4/2013 2:39:01 PM

Halloween brought an enormous treat for me this year!

Animals that I lost in the heat up here 2 1/2 years ago included New Guinea Water Pythons. They were animals and a breeding project that I was very passionate about. I lost my breeders, my holdbacks from 2010, and eggs in the incubator. They are similar to the more commonly seen Australian ones, but they don't get as big and the locale is quite rare here in the states. The last time any came into the states was in 2008 when I got those ones I lost. 

Halloween afternoon I received the list from Bushmaster - I scanned it for NGs as I have every list, every week for the past 2 1/2 years since it was Bushmaster that had brought them into the country last. But, this time, there they were, not a big group, but they were there, 2.1 New Guinea Water Pythons!! 

I immediately called Nick Mutton since I knew he had put the word in with Kamuran back in 2011 regarding the NGs. Nick knew exactly why I was calling. We spoke and it was bad timing for Nick. He didn't have the space to house them himself and told me he hoped I got them.

I then called Bushmaster. No one answered, so I left a message and hoped Kamuran would call me back and that they would still be available. It seemed like forever while I waited impatiently for his call, but he did call, and they were available still, and I got them!

My excitement is great to have the chance to work with the species again, but even moreso there is a sense of contentment that I feel. I always have felt that my collection would not be "complete" again until I had NGs. 

They arrived Friday and they are great looking animals. They are pretty much the same size as the breeding pair that I lost. The 3 were CH and have been raised on the farm there.

Last night I offered them F/T rats; which they took without hesitation. We are off to a good start and I couldn't be happier!

I will finish this with a few quick pics of them. It's really hard to get good pics of them. They are very dark with dark eyes. Hopefully I can get some better pics of them before long. For size reference they are in 28 quart sweater boxes currently.


Male #1

Male #2

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Posted At: 11/4/2013 2:44:40 PM  

How beautiful! Look at how iridescent!!   Congrats lady!!  

Pope of iHerp and Bread,
Posted At: 11/4/2013 2:59:31 PM  

You encourage the stereotype that women are attracted to shiny, pretty objects.

Posted At: 11/4/2013 3:17:12 PM  

Congrats!! They are gorgeous!

Aimee ,
Posted At: 11/4/2013 3:23:47 PM  

'bout damn time :D

they look great!  well done, Sonja! please keep me in mind when you have offspring...

Lauren ,
Posted At: 11/4/2013 3:28:41 PM  

Very pretty and shiny! I hope you have great luck with them.

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 11/4/2013 3:31:12 PM  

I'm going to touch you now...........

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 11/4/2013 3:49:51 PM  

Thanks everybidy!

Nate - Me? There's really nothing better than the iridescence on a dark colored patternless snake.

Aimee - of course!

George, I have to wonder, and giggle about what people might think when something like that in one blog gets carried over from another - LOL

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 11/4/2013 3:50:28 PM  


George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 11/4/2013 4:02:24 PM  

I didn't say anything. Mutes can't talk.

Aimee ,
Posted At: 11/4/2013 4:15:51 PM  

he can still bust out that appendage, though, mute or not.

Cynthia Chaplin,
Posted At: 11/4/2013 6:55:34 PM  
They're gorgeous! I'm so glad everything worked out for you!

Jeff ,
Posted At: 11/4/2013 8:30:40 PM  

Stunning!! I'm getting that jealous feeling again. Stop it :p

Jeanie Otten,
Posted At: 11/4/2013 8:40:49 PM  

Yeaaaayyy!  I'm happy for you Sonja.  They look great.

Sonja ,
Posted At: 11/4/2013 8:55:35 PM  
They look like they are in great shape. And so rainbowy! I'm happy you were able to get them again.

Bethany ,
Posted At: 11/4/2013 10:48:05 PM  

Oh my goodness! I bet you're so stoked!! Congrats <3

Ché Kinnard,
Posted At: 11/4/2013 11:33:34 PM  

Those are some awesome looking snakes. Congratulations.

Aecian Wandel,
Posted At: 11/5/2013 1:02:56 AM  

How lovely! Oh my goodness... I've been reading up on Australian/island pythons lately and these guys are just fabulous. 

Shannin ,
Posted At: 11/5/2013 2:51:52 AM  


Psycho Dragon,
Posted At: 11/5/2013 7:15:45 AM  

OMG!!!!  I want one!!! Congrats.


Emily Milton,
Posted At: 11/5/2013 8:39:22 AM  

Their bellies!  I love the yellowness.  I am SO insanely happy for you!!!!!  Here, have this: 

Sarah Auzina,
Posted At: 11/5/2013 10:02:25 AM  

I feel like Kermit the Frog. YAY!!!

So colorful, iridescent and beautiful! Hooray!


Macy "Mickey" K,
Posted At: 11/5/2013 1:08:02 PM  
Congrats!! I'm not familiar with their breeding seasons but when do you plan on trying for babies?

Mystic Exotics ,
Posted At: 11/5/2013 1:56:49 PM  

HUGE congrats!! How exciting! They are beautiful animals!

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 11/5/2013 2:13:14 PM  

Thanks all!

The two years I bred them before, copulations took place in the months of Jan., Feb., and Mar. The first year I got eggs in June, the next year I got them in April.

But, it is not uncommon for animals not to produce in the first year after acquisition. I think I will for sure try the Australians, but I won't be surprised if they don't go this year. While I've had the adult male for 2 years, I've only had the female for 3 1/2 months now. With the NGs being brand new, I'll have to see how I feel about pairing them come Feb. or so.

Posted At: 11/5/2013 3:58:03 PM  

How pretty! Congratulations on having them again :)

Dave Pierson,
Posted At: 11/6/2013 10:19:25 PM  

Congrats Sonja!!  I saw that on the Email, and wondered where they might end up! 

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 11/6/2013 10:29:51 PM  

And now you know! 

Thanks to you both!

Tyler ,
Posted At: 11/7/2013 2:16:10 PM  

Awesome pickup congrats. 

Patrick Malloy,
Posted At: 11/12/2013 1:48:49 PM  

I am sadly liasisless.

Congrats! Ill be watching for the first egg blog lol!

Posted At: 11/12/2013 7:14:09 PM  

so pretty! Is that me or their eyes are slightly upward-looking? Guess that's an adaptation for water, like in anacondas and nerodia :)

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