Last night the Spurs won to go ahead 3-0 in the NBA finals!  After the game I decided to go down and check our female pastel-dream / het-Sharp-albino boa, since she was roaming around all day, and according to my calculations her due date was somewhere in the next 24 hours (ok, it is a guess, but I'm getting better at it!). Talk about sensory overload--a Spurs win and then I found out that while I was watching the game my boa was having her babies!


Here she goes again. This big striped blood python female laid a beautiful clutch today. This is her fourth clutch. She is the founder of one of our striped lineages, and her babies include some of the prettiest bloods we have. It's nice to have a snake like this big girl, we can always count on her.


After weeks of pacing and days of worry, this past month has been the countdown to the projected delivery date of my female jungle boa. This big girl is bred to my ghost boa male. I was pacing because this is an important clutch. I've invested five years of effort to see this clutch born. But I've been pacing because my female had seemingly gotten too big and sometimes boas in this condition deliver dead babies or, worse, they die before delivery.



            Yesterday we spent the day at the ranch of friends. Our sons have been friends with the Campbell boys since they were little kids and the Campbell family recently bought a ranch in what is just about the most pristine part of Texas Hill Country. It's a very beautiful spot, and their property is absolutely magical. Dave caught a black-headed snake under a rock, and catching any snake at all just makes the day for him.



You know, just a soon as I said that nothing astounding happens in the herp business, something pretty astounding did happen. Actually, a couple of things happened.



            Welcome to the VPI Diary. We intend to report on what it's like in the "snake business." We'll share with you some of the things that happen here at VPI, the good things and the disappointments, too. We'll try to add new reading here often.