12/09/13 VPI ZZ AND SUPER ZZ BLOOD PYTHON PYTHON BRONGERSMAI UPDATE 2013
We have some really interesting Blood python projects coming up for the future and this is a neat one. As with all of our projects, it takes some time to get a handle on what exactly is going on and how the morph expresses itself phenotypically and what the actual genotype is.
The VPI "ZZ" project is no exception to what appears to be our trend of hatching something and then looking backward to see what has actually hatched in the past and how it may give us information into the future. This trend was started with the VPI Ivory project, when we didn't really understand what a "super" of a morph was. When we first hatched babies from our female Ivory, we just thought they looked unusual because they came from a strange white Blood python. Only in retrospect did we realize that those babies were actually a morph on its own, what we eventually named the VPI "Matrix."
This appears to be the case for another animal that had a very busy and unusual pattern, one we named the VPI "ZZ". This snake had a crazy pattern, going all over the place and I thought of the name "Zig Zag" to describe it, thus "ZZ" for short.
I bred the "ZZ" to a female RED Albino and produced a clutch of babies in early 2010, that were all 100% het albino, and the babies looked different from normal Red Blood python babies. Because of our previous experience with the Ivory Blood being a super and all the babies looking similar, but different than normals, I speculated that the ZZ could possibly be a "super ZZ" and the new babies we were looking at could be "codominant ZZ."
Of course a lot more work needed to be done. We needed to raise up the new babies and 1) breed them to normals and see if we got ZZ and normals, 2) raise baby females and breed them back to the original ZZ (what we might soon be calling the "Super ZZ" male and get Super ZZ and ZZ babies 3) breed two baby "ZZ" to each other and produce, ZZ, normal, Super ZZ babies and 4) breed Super ZZ x Super ZZ and produce all Super ZZ babies.
We set about raising the babies and also enlisting the help of other individuals to move this project along.
We brought our first babies to the NARBC show in the Fall of 2010. They caught the attention of Sean Bradley of Exotics By Nature and Tim Bailey of Bailey and Bailey Reptiles. These guys are always looking for new things to do and I give them credit for being among the first, what many call "Big Breeder Ball Python Guys" to step up and get started into Blood pythons. Sean and Tim are absolutely enthusiastic guys who did not feel intimidated by doing something new. That gave them a huge advantage right off the bat! They realized they could apply what they had learned breeding Ball pythons to the Bloods and be some of the first guys to help develop what I consider to be a new market.
Flash forward to two weeks ago; Sean contacts me that they have hatched the first F1 ZZ x Het Albino babies! #1 task accomplished, thank you Sean and Tim!! The babies look awesome!!
To be continued...