05/01/09

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         There are several lineages of Borneo short-tail pythons that represent a mutation that is a color/pattern morph for the species Python breitensteini. These lineages are known by several names as coined by their owners. VPI has always used the name "Ultrabreit" for it's lineage, Keith McPeek of the Bloodline uses "Ghost" for the lineage he has, Snakemaker has one called "Latte" and "Mocha," Tom Bellamy - not sure he has a name but calls it "Ultrabreit like" at bloodpythonuk. Kara and Ryan of  BloodPythons.com I know have these type of snakes, but I am unaware of their lineage name! I may have missed some, and hope others will chime in and fill in details.

In any case, I am reporting a few results from the VPI line specifically, and since it is a line bred lineage it does not involve any other animals of the other lineages. Whether these lineages represent the same mutation will be known when people breed them to each other. I think there are several crosses of the lineages going on this year and the results will tell us more!

This lineage was originally aquired in 1989. I would say it has been worked on in a non methodical way as other projects developed. Along the way there were things going on that were totally missed by me, which predated our awareness of terms such as  "codominant" and "dominant."

We are pretty excited to see some real development in this project!!  The project has gone on a long time, and I will outline its progression in the next entry.

There are more levels in this project than I can get a handle on right now, but I will say that at the most basic level other than breeding two "codom" " "het Ultrabreits" and producing Ultrabreits, just the basic breeding of Ultrabreit x Ultrabreit shows all kinds of surprises! Here are some babies produced from an Ultrabreit x Ultrabreit breeding!

 I call these "level 2" and "level 3" stripes...

Ultrabreit Borneo babies 04/25/09Ultrabreit Borneo babies 04/25/09

and there is the following!

Ultrabreit Borneo baby-hatched 04/25/09 Super?Ultrabreit Borneo baby-hatched 04/25/09 Super?

Huh?!! Wow is all I can say-this is going to be fun!! I have no idea where we are heading at this point!! 

Ultrabreit Borneo baby 04/25/09Ultrabreit Borneo baby 04/25/09

I think we are making some headway here, and there looks as though there are several levels that lead to the loss of pattern!

Ultrabreit Borneo babies 04/25/09Ultrabreit Borneo babies 04/25/09

Yikes! I like them all!

Ultrabreit Borneo baby 04/25/09Ultrabreit Borneo baby 04/25/09

Ultrabreit Borneo babies 04/25/09Ultrabreit Borneo babies 04/25/09