Ok, sorry for the break there, crazy busy but I have all kinds of things to catch up on, so have some good photos to put up here.
It took me all this time to wrap up the breeding season with the boas and the ball pythons so now we can get to the Blood pythons and Short-tail pythons!
While we are waiting for the red stripes to hatch (30 days to go) I started setting up some neat females in their nest boxes. I forgot how fun it is to watch these girls with their heads resting in the entranceway of their box just watching what goes on around them.
Yesterday a female het Marble Borneo laid her eggs, and as usual these snakes are the best little egg layers and just sit on their clutch so well! This will be interesting because for some reason the genetics of these snakes is confusing. After what seems like an eternity I still don't get why no one seems to know how this trait is inherited!
I am assuming that they are a recessive, but the problem is that these snakes are not like Ball pythons, and the traits that are at least dominant to a normal, may be dominant to each other, and to put it mildly we just don't have some of these things ironed out. This pair is descended from a known Marble male, but don't have Marble characteristics except the color and shading. They don't have any flecking or speckling on the sides, so either the female that the Marble male was bred to was dominant over the speckling part, or the Marble trait is recessive. With 13 eggs in this clutch we should learn something!