By April Justine
It’s February of 2016 so Terrell and I have had PLENTY of time to think about what additions we would like for 2016. We aren’t trying to go crazy by any means. We both house the snakes in our rooms so space is limited and honestly, so are funds. With that said, a lot of thought goes into what we are going to put our money into and who we get our animals from.
Terrell already has four new additions! He is beating me so far, ha! We are getting a trio of farm hatched Irian Jayas that have amazing coloring. I’m not really wowed by most Irian Jayas but these three have an incredible light color to them. You can’t help but admire them. They came from a farm out in Indonesia and I’m so excited to see if they keep their light colors as they grow and mature. They will play a large role in diversifying and outcrossing our Irian Jaya projects. We also acquired an impressive Irian Jaya het granite from our friend Tony of Revision Reptiles. Terrell also has plans to get an adult female axanthic pure coastal. It is very apparent by our collection of carpets that axanthic, zebra, caramel and granite are the morphs that we are working with the most. I can’t wait to see what he produces in the next few years!!
For bloods, Terrell and I received the opportunity to take over the collection of a good friend of ours. There are some true gems in the collection of about 40 animals ranging from hatchlings to adults. A lot of the snakes have the T positive gene in them which, as you know, is not my main focus. Reason being is that the T positive gene does amazing things to morphs such as pixel and 007. I am not really sure how the T negative versions of these will turn out. No one has produced them yet and they are mostly black and yellow snakes in their “normal” phenotype (oh! Big science word). This makes me think that the pixel and 007s or even magpies will just be yellow on white pattern. In my T negative ivories, the yellow on white causes what you will see as a yellow snake and I think that will be the same for the other morphs. I will be the first to admit that they may not be impressive snakes. They will be genetic powerhouses, but not necessarily and awe worthy animal. I’m hoping I’m totally wrong and the T negative versions will be just as awesome! Our friend has some amazing P. breitenstini that will blow your minds! I can’t wait to get pictures of these guys for you!! Also thrown in there are a pair of Kenyan sand boas and a pair of green tree pythons. We won’t be keeping ALL of these snakes so keep an eye out for some being put up for sale late April. All of them are truly amazing; you won’t want to miss out!
Because we are getting this large collection, I am not sure I will be making any other purchases. And
believe me that it’s going to suck when all my friends start to pop out amazing little blood noodles. The struggle will be real LOL. If I do get a baby it will be a Batik (pronounced bah-teek) het T negative which really is the last morph combination to create all my dream snakes. I got into breeding to make all my dream snakes instead of purchasing them HAHA! I can’t help that I want a stellar collection of animals.
Anyway… that is what we have planned for 2016. We will see how well we stick to our plan!
Thanks for reading and Happy Keeping!