THE VPI DIARY

06/26/12 VPI WROUGHT IRON

Just chipping away at getting this project off the ground! Some times it is very slow, but I have always said one is more than none! This is exactly what we got in our clutch of 8 eggs VPI Wrought Iron x Red Albino! A single baby-a gorgeous male 100% het for Red Albino, so I am happy for that! We are still needing a female or we are not going to see if there is a super any time soon! Last time we had 4 males. They are coming up in breeding size, so when we can get them going we will have a much better chance to start producing some females, and more animals in general.

06/22/12 VPI SLACKLINE RED BLOOD PYTHONS PART 2

This clutch has some animals with nice head patterns and the head colors themselves reflect the variation in the adults. The breeder male has a slate grey head and the breeder female has an amazing red head. It will be interesting to see how these head colors change as the snakes mature. There is no question that head color has a variety of phenotypes that we need to work out better in terms of how the variation we see is controlled.

The variation in these snakes is amazing and we have a lot of questions to answer! But that is the challenge and the fun.

06/22/12 VPI SLACKLINE RED BLOOD PYTHONS 2012

This is a really neat project that surprised me and I think might continue to do so. As I have mentioned in the past, various striped Red Blood pythons are a well known, both in the wild and captivity. It is a documented dominant and perhaps in some cases codominant variation in pattern. I always thought that striped animals were a single mutation that came from wild type "normal" animals, that could come in a variety of phenotypes, and genotypes.

06/17/12 MY FAVORITE DAVE BARKER PHOTO

Of course I'm a little one sided on my favorite photographer, that being Dave!

He has taken a lot of awesome photos in the past, but during his photo session of VPI Midnight Gin, I think did my all time favorite.

The snake and photo are both a living work and a photographer's work of art.

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06/02/12 VPI IVORY RED BLOOD PYTHON ON EGGS 2012

The Ivory Red Blood Python is an amazing morph that has a great variety of looks. The amount of pattern is highly variable and even the color can surprise you with some animals showing pink and red coloration around the neck area. We have noticed that this may become more pronounced in adult animals, in particular males during the breeding season (?!) Not sure if we just happen to notice it more in males than females and if it actually is statistically significant, so we will get on that project next year.

06/01/12 VPI MATRIX HET ALBINO X MATRIX HET ALBINO EGGS 2012

I really love Matrix, the "codom" of the Ivory Red Blood Python. This project is a work in progress combining the Ivory and Red Albino to make Albino Matrix and Albino Ivories. They are among my favorites. This may just look like another snake on eggs, but it is several generations in the making!

VPI Matrix het Albino x same 05/29/2012

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close-up of female VPI Matrix 100% het Red Albino on eggs. Hope to see Albino Matrix and Albino Ivories in 60 days!

05/21/12 A STORY ABOUT A BOA PART 2

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After the decision to buy the Black Boa was made, Jeff kindly offered to take photos of it and the parents, and a few of its siblings. Jeff had assured me that the Boa looked exactly the same as I remembered her. As promised, a week later an envelope showed up in our post box, and in it was a really nice card, and photos of the snakes. When I showed the photos to Dave he was blown away. He had not been at the Arlington show, so he was strictly relying on my assessment of the animal and the potential of the project.

05/20/12 BABY BOAS VPI PINK PANTHER CARAMEL ALBINOS WITH WIDOWS PEAKS

It is really awesome when you have any Boas born, but this VPI Pink Panther Caramel Albino litter this morning really was a great one!

It seems every baby was big, and they all have  great widows peak patterns. This litter was in a word: perfect!

Here are some pics! First here is mom, what an amazing snake! She was born here in 2004! Boa_CarAlb-PP_mother_96o.jpg

 

Here are pics as I opened the drawer, this is a sight you want to see!

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