THE VPI DIARY

10/27/12

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I love Texas and I love Longhorns! This guy is awesome! I just love his "dewlap"!! You know pythons, boas, maybe I should broaden my available list!! Tracy

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This guy is awesome!!!

 

09/30/12 With apologies our phone is down and we are unable to retrieve our messages.

I have just checked our phone line this morning and it appears the phone is not working and needs to be replaced.

For any immediate questions please email me at tbarker@beecreek.net

With apologies!!!

Sincerely,

Tracy/VPI

09/28/12

VPI 2012!

1.1 Double het Ultramel/Piebald
1.1 Black Axanthics
1.1 VPI Axanthic 100% het Albino
1.2 VPI Axanthic

0.1 Firefly
0.1 Pastel Vanilla
0.1 Vanilla Scream
0.1 Vanilla Cream
0.1 VPI Snow
1.0 Spider 100% het Albino
1.0 High Contrast Albino 100% het VPI Axanthic

 

 

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09/25/12 HYPER PATTERNED BALL PYTHON

From perfectly patternless to hyper patterned, this is our new "VPI Super Pastel Crazy" and I think that this will set the bar for intense patterns to come. We haven't even bred two of these together yet!

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09/24/12

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This is a really neat project that finally looks as though it is getting off the ground. It is a simple recessive "patternless" snake! There are combinations of ball python morphs that make patternless looking animals, but this is a Patternless male from a breeding of Patternless x 100% het Patternless. I am particularly excited to put this with piebald, axanthic, and lavender albino. In the mean time this look is awesome on its own!

 

 

09/20/12 OVERSEAS TRIP, NEW PUBLICATIONS, AMAZING 2012 OFFSPRING!

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Ruby throat hummingbird Photo by David Barker 08/30/2012

We have been so busy that we literally had to step away from the computer and take a break writing my VPI diary and updating our FB page. I think you will be happy that we went in this direction because we always seek to be well rounded and do different things when at all possible.

07/14/12 PERFECT LITTER! "TRIPLE AND DOUBLE HETS FOR VPI SNOW AND VPI SNOW GLOW"

Sometimes they surprise you and that is what happened yesterday. By my calculations we were at day 99 post shed, and in a year where our female Boas were averaging about a week to ten days late on my usual delivery date calculations (instead of 104 days, we were getting 110-115 days post shed), Thursday afternoon 07/12/12, I leisurely put in some aspen bedding for our Ghost female to have her babies in. Not even 24 hours later as I went to do my last post work check at 5:30 pm, I lifted up her paper and there were a whole lot of babies staring up at me!

06/27/12 RED ALBINO BATIK BLOOD PYTHON 2012

The Batik morph is a fantastic look and the Red Albino Batik really lets the pattern stand out. I will be working on the yellow and orange version this coming year, which I think should be absolutely awesome. It is interesting that this mutation in Bloods is an amazing example of what in herpetoculture is referred to as a true "codominant", but in Burmese pythons "Granite" is a recessive, and has no "super" version. Both are really similar, so it is fascinating that they would not be inherited in a similar fashion.

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.

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