Mymn is going through her first shed with me, so that’s exciting.
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Look at this cute little guy!
Aw he is cute, but looks a little dehydrated (and maybe has a stuck shed?). Make sure his humidity is at the right percent and temperatures are good!
Definitely looks like stuck shed on his head & neck. OP I’d recommend a bath in luke warm water, or put him in a box with a damp towel until he removes the shed himself. Retained shed, especially eye-caps, will cause problems if left on.
Alright, this isn’t really good news or bad news so we’ll just call this weird news.
Sunny has had a color shift towards the greenish. He’s still a completely active, energetic little bug, eats on his own (I was even gonna try a fuzzy tonight since his jaws are loosening up), poops, the whole thing. But is a very uniform greenish.
I can’t find anything about this happening. It could be just some weird thing, or it could be something failing (and if it is, I’ll be honest that I don’t think the vet will be able to fix it).
I just wanted to let everyone know, in case.
How interesting! Guess it’d be because he didn’t develop properly in the egg. But green? Sunny is definitely a special little snake o.o
Wait, maybe he’s anemic? As a pink tinge is usually due to the colour of the tissues underneath? Though anemia would be visible in the gums, so really I’m intrigued.
I know this is a horrible thing to ask, but in a worst case scenario, would you have a necropsy done to see what he’s like internally?
So Brian is teasing us with this close-up photo of the scaleless ball python’s face. It looks like it does not have heat pits, and Brian has said that it has “reduced” belly scales.
I’m really on the fence about this. No heat pits? :/
I’m curious to see how “reduced” the belly scales actually are. Seems like we won’t get much more information for another two weeks, which is a shame.
As long as its healthy I’m ok with it.
Not sure how a snake with next to no scales (and reduced belly scales which normally aren’t too affected in scaleless morphs) will do long term. This royals development within the egg is clearly affected by genes, which have caused this outward scaleless appearance, but I wonder what effect it’s had internally?
A Lesser Bee Calico, what I believe to be a Bumble Belly, and a Bumble Bee with the greenest eyes I’ve ever seen on any Ball Python from Pandora Morphs.
Hangin with Sasha on my last day here (don’t worry, there’s a petsitter involved). There won’t be any posts from me for about a week, so CIAO BROS.
Also this was an excuse to post her eyes, because I love the deep ruby action that is lav eyes (I love normal albino pink eyes too, I just rather my pink eyes on a white or pink snake for maximum girly factor).
A female Rio from Dan Wolfe Herpetoculture.
My dad didn’t “get” this morph and I feel like I’m the only person who really digs the dorsal stripe on these ones. Their colours are also very rich and according to Dan, can only get better as they mature.
I love these guys.
Gorgeous, but I’d want to know what the adults look like before I bought one!
mynameiszura asked: Speaking of pieds it has been my dream to have / produce some if my own. But one thing I've always wondered, how do you increase the percentage of white in the animal? Do you selectively breed the highest percent white pieds you have together?
I honestly am not sure on how to increase the amount of white.
I am 95% positive that there is no way, the amount of white is random, low whites can throw high whites and vice versa. Same way that low white calicos and sugars can throw high white animals.
Well there you go
From what I’ve been told by many breeders who work with Pied Beeps, breeding low white to low white or high white to high white can increase your likelihood to produce similar animals so selective breeding does play a part in it as well as certain colour mutations when paired with the Pied gene also like throwing animals that tend be more high white or low white.
Many Black Pastel Pieds are very high white animals, Spieds regularly have only markings on their heads/neck, and Lesser Pieds (although these have deformed eyes) are pretty much solid white. At the other end of the spectrum, morphs like the Enchi Pied (other similar variations) tend to favour towards being low white.
Seems like cheating including combo pied morphs as the other genes interacting with the pied genes will affect how exactly the pied genes are expressed :P
Group shot of several BP morphs.
Starting from top left to bottom right we have a Pastel Pied, Albino, Emperor Pin, Bumble Bee, Orange Crush, Pinstripe, Enchi, Spider, Pastel Butter, and a Pastel!
Egg tooth on a ball python.
In some egg-laying animals, the egg tooth is a small, sharp, cranial protuberance used by offspring to break or tear through the egg’s surface during hatching. It is present in most birds and reptiles, and similar structures exist in monotremes, Eleutherodactyl frogs, and spiders.
Some lizards and snakes develop a true tooth that is shed after use; other reptiles and birds generally develop an analogous epidermal horn that is reabsorbed or falls off.
Baby snakes generally hatch from eggs with tough, leathery shells. A baby snake’s egg tooth tears a hole directly through the shell, and falls off the first time the snake sheds its skin.