Hello, my few faithful followers! Alright so, I know that there are many places to buy snakes from, but where are the best places? Well, your first option should always be a reptile show. No matter what state you are in, there is bound to be a reptile expo nearby sooner or later. Why here? Well, for one, most people who are selling at these expos are excellent breeders and handlers, and won't screw you over. Also, they are some of the most knowledgeable people that you can find. Plus, you can find the snake you want for a much cheaper price if you buy straight from the dealer. For example, a healthy pastel ball usually costs around $150, but at an expo, you can get it for half price. At these expos you can also get everything you need to keep a snake, such as bedding, the tank, even mice to feed or breed for it. If you cannot get to an expo, your next bet is to go to the local pet store. Never go to Petsmart. I know it's convenient, but the snakes are never taken care of the way they should be. My friend bought two snakes from there. Both snakes died within three weeks from an Upper Respitory Infection. If you have to go to a petstore, ask questions to the owner to see if they actually know how to take care of one. If they don't have a clue, then don't buy. Your next bet would be online, but this is definitely a desperate last option. Never go to craiglist.com or anywhere like that, because you never know what you get. Instead, go to BHBEnterprises.com or kingsnake.com as these are the top places to buy from. If you choose to buy this way, be aware that you will be paying nearly twice as much as you should, because snakes have to be shipped overnight, and there is a lot of paperwork involved.
So, in general, always buy at an expo. If you can't get to one just yet, sometimes it's best to wait until you can.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Now, before I get to the meat of this post, I need to point out something. If you get a snake, it will shed. And when it gets ready, it's usual beautiful colouring will start to fade out. If your snake is healthy, its shed skin will come off in one piece, but if it doesn't you will need to help it out. Pour some water on the stuck skin and gently rub it off. This is vital, because you DO NOT want dead skin stuck on for long. Why am I saying this? Well because the snake I will be talking about today always looks like he/she is going to shed.
The ghost ball python is a slightly weird snake. Because of a recessive mutation, the snake's black pigmentation is reduced, giving it the look like it is in perpetual shed. It is a basic morph, which means it is found in the wild, but it was first captively bred in 1994. Ghosts are varying shades of yellow, brown, grey and green. Their sheds are always clear much like albinos, with faded dark colors with a faded head. This makes it a bit more difficult to tell when they are actually are going to shed, so you have to watch carefully.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Sorry it's so late guys, I was hanging with the gf in the swimming pool. Anyways, tonight I am turning the spotlight onto the Cinnamon Spotnose ball python. As you can tell by the title, it is commonly called a Zebra Ball, and rightfully so. This pattern is amazing. What makes it cool to me is that the head looks a bit washed out, but from then on its like BAM! right in your face. This is a designer morph, meaning someone bred two different pythons together to make this beauty.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Alright, so I know at least some people have seen the paypal button on the side there. Well there is a good legitimate reason for it. The ball python that I am going for is a Pastel ball, which cost around $150. I have that much, but I also have to buy the tank, the hemostat, the hide box, the mice to breed and feed it, the heating pad, the basking rock, and much more. So, I have proposed this. I will make a contest for this. At the end of next month, there will be a winner, and said person will win something. My thoughts were maybe a Steam game, and the top price that the prize will be is going to be $35 dollars. Or they can choose something else of their liking, but it has to be >$35.
The rules are simple: To be eligible, you have to donate $1 to my paypal OR you can refer 3 people to my blog. If you choose paypal, just tell me your username on blogger when you checkout on paypal. If you decide to refer the users, then you need to tell them to leave a comment on this post, saying who it was who referred them to it. You can do either of these, or you can do both. For every dollar you put into my account, or for every three people you refer to my page, you increase your chances of winning.
For example, say I donate $2 and refer 9 people. My name will be in the drawing 5 times, instead of 1 time for someone who only donated $1. Simple enough. No matter how much or how little attention this receives, someone WILL win the $35 prize. Fair?
And so you will never know who is ahead, as soon as someone comments that someone referred them to my blog I will write down said person's name and delete the comment, that way no one can tell who has the better chance.
Sorry I took so long to make this one today, but I have been at church all day. My topic today will be about the Bumblebee ball python, and it's 'super-morphs'. They were first created by breeding a Spider Ball to a Pastel Ball. What makes these balls truly astounding is the fact that they are a man-made double homozygous, meaning they carry not one, but two different traits at the same time. Known for their gorgeous colouring, if you want one of these beauties, be prepared to pay a small fortune for it. But once you buy one female bumblebee, that is all you need. If you buy a much cheaper male normal ball python and mate him with her, you will end up with a 25% chance of hatching a bumblebee. And since most snakes lay 4-6 eggs each time, your chances look pretty good. Not only that but if your bumblebee lays 4 eggs, you should end with 1 of each of these: a bumblebee, a spider, a pastel, and a normal. I don't know about you, but I like those odds.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
So today I feel like talking about the Axanthic morph of the ball python. Now, why did I say black & white in the title? Axanthic means the opposite albinism. So in other words, an axanthic python is missing it's red and/or yellow pigments, and usually has just black, white, and brown pigments. This morph is only a morph of colour, so it's pattern follows the same pattern as the normal ball python. Though most axanthics "brown-out" later on in life, the best lineages can maintain their colours for a good while.