THE VPI DIARY

05/01/14 VPI SNOW AND VPI SNOWGLOW BOAS

Sometimes projects take a long time. Let me rewrite that! Sometimes I take a long time to do projects! This is why people like to get snakes from us, because they have a really good shot at making the snake we worked so hard to make before we do!! But we are ok with that, and of course we are always thrilled for the people who support us and believe that the project we are proposing is worth sticking their necks out for and in the end they will be really happy they took the chance and got involved!

04/30/14 VPI Boas 2014

Approximately 17 years ago in 1997, we started working on a project here at VPI with one baby female boa and her siblings.

04/09/14 The Invisible Ark: In Defense of Captivity by David and Tracy Barker is released today!

The last entry I made here was Christmas day December 25, 2013. That was 105 days ago.

A lot has happened in that time.

We are very excited to announce the publication of our new book!

The Invisible Ark: In Defense of Captivity by David and Tracy Barker is released today, 9 April 2014.

This is a small paperback book that explains the importance of captivity in this modern world and promotes the work of the keepers of all animals and plants.

If you would like to get a copy, we are ready to ship!

12/25/13 MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL! FROM DAVE AND TRACY/VPI

This year has been a blur! But I think the past 10 years have been a blur!

As I say very frequently to anyone who will listen, "we aren't getting any younger!"

Having said that it appears that work amount and increasing age do not have an inverse relationship as I was led to believe!

These two things seem to be going up at the same rate faster and faster!

But...we enjoy our work, probably more now than ever!

We have great projects going on and we love every one of them!

We are so grateful to the people who have helped us.

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.

11/28/13 HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!!

It is really really cold here! 31F and as anyone who knows me knows I am more the 81F type!

We had a gorgeous sunrise this morning on this clear crisp Thanksgiving day and I was up to see it since my usual wake up time is about 4:00 am. I go to zzz early and wake up early, and at this point I have had two cups of coffee and decided that it has been way too long since I have written in my blog!

Every day seems to be filled with so many things that I have been unable to stop and write about them all!

10/06/13 LESSER CLOWN BALL PYTHONS INTERESTING LOOK

VPI started the "Clown" Ball project and through the years we have been very proud to see many individuals be enormously successful with this morph creating new combinations all along the way!

After all these years it appears that this morph is more popular than ever!

VPI reconnected with this morph on several new projects and made a lot of progress this year!

Our male clown poss het lavender, turned out to be a 100% het and in a project with Wes Harris, we have now landed several Lavender 100% het clowns.

08/16/13 VPI LAVENDER ALBINO RED BLOOD PYTHONS PYTHON BRONGERSMAI

 

 

I keep saying for every project, "this is one of my favorites" but I can't help it! I love the VPI Lavender Albino project! It still has questions that need to be answered. These snakes just look different than the other T Neg albinos. The babies are brighter than both the T Neg Red and the T Neg Orange. I have 3 older babies and they are a beautiful orange. This year we were lucky to hatch 3.3 Lavender Albinos, and they look awesome!

08/15/13 VPI WROUGHT IRON RED BLOOD PYTHONS FEMALES FINALLY!!

Well finally we have our female Wrought Irons!! It was a long time coming, but it looks like the third time was the charm!  The first two times we got eggs we hatched 4 males and then 1 male. Not very good odds for two clutches, but this clutch erased those memories when we hatched a great clutch, and a great ratio, from the Wrought Iron male to one of my absolute favorite albino females. We ended up with 4.3 Wrought Irons 100% het Red Albino and some very pretty 100% het Red Albinos!!

Now we can at least start on the path to see if there is a super with our 3 girls!

 

08/13/13 VPI "WHITESMOKE" AKA CORAL GLOW HET VPI BLACK AXANTHIC BALL PYTHONS 2013

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A ton going on with Ball pythons this year at VPI! This was a cross I wanted to make for a long time!

You are now entering the Whitesmoke/Coral Glow/Banana vortex!!

Results here from VPI.

A "male maker" was bred to an adult VPI Black Axanthic female.

Results: 7 eggs, 8 babies;  (4.0 Coral Glows 100% het Black Axanthic and 0.4 100% het Black Axanthics).

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