2017 Clutch #6

Joppa x Champagne

Hatched December 31st, 2017

The Champagne gene tends to overpower most genes it’s combined with. We wanted to see how the Joppa gene fared against such a domineering morph.

Our little female champagne gave us three large eggs, and the odds were in our favor. One champagne, one amazing looking Joppa, and one (assumed) Champagne Joppa.


2017 Clutch #4

Banana het Pied x Pied

Hatched 9/22/2017

This pairing was produced via a breeding loan, one of our het pied females was paired with a banana pos het (now proven het!) pied.

One banana Pied, one Pied, and one banana stayed with the owner of the sire. We chose one Pied, one banana, and one AMAZING banana Pied paradox/chimera.

A chimera, usually referred to as a paradox, is produced when two zygotes fuse and create one animal. The genes that are expressed around the cloaca/reproductive organs are the genes that are likely to be passed on to the animal’s offspring. Our chimera has only Pied markings around the cloaca, and being female from a male banana, it is unlikely that she will pass on the banana gene. (But we don’t care, not even a little).

We are borrowing the sire to repeat the pairing again next year. Maybe we’ll get lucky again!

2017 Clutch #3

GHI x Super Pastel

Hatched 7/6/2017

Pancakes is not known for producing excellent clutches. Her first breeding she became egg bound due to a torsion of one of the oviducts and required surgery that left her with only one oviduct. Once healed, the Veterinarian said she could breed again. After two years to recover she was paired. This time she produced a bizarre conglomeration of eggs, out of which came one viable hatchling. We have opted to retire her after this second failure.

2017 Clutch #2

Mojave het VPI x Fire het VPI

Hatch 6/23/2017

his was the second pairing between Leia (Fire het VPI Axanthic) and Raj (Mojave het VPI Axanthic). We held an Axanthic Mojave female back for our collection.

2017 Clutch #1

Het Pied x PieD

Hatched 2/2017

Unfortunately, this clutch suffered from an incubator malfunction. Three out of four eggs contained underdeveloped and kinked pieds. They were not viable and had to be culled. The lone survivor is a Het Pied with a slight overbite and a touch of a head wobble. It took a while to get started but ended up feeding and growing perfectly.

2016 Clutch #7

2016 Clutch #7

Clown x Hypo

Hatched 12/2016

This pairing was to produce Double Het Hypo Clowns to grow up and produce Hypo Clowns. We kept a male and female holdback and hope to breed them in 2019.

2016 Clutch #6

2016 Clutch #6

Joppa x Mojave

Hatched 11/2016

This pairing was an attempt to create a Joppa Mojave. An abberant Mojave offspring was produced but it is unclear if there is Joppa present. We will keep him as a holdback and breed him in a couple years to see. This clutch only had two viable eggs, the rest were unfortunately slugs or boob eggs.

2016 Clutch #5

2016 Clutch #5

Pastel Vanilla x Clown

Hatched 10/2016

We purchased the dam of this clutch as a hatcling. She was listed as a pastel. As she grew and her colors developed, we suspected that she might actually be a pastel vanilla. This clutch proved that we had gotten lucky, as she indeed had the extra gene. This pairing was to produce het clowns to plug in to future clown projects. We kept a Pastel het Clown male to pair with our Lesser Blade (possible Fire) Clown, and a Pastel Vanilla het Clown female for a possible Spotnose het Clown pairing.

2016 Clutch #4

2016 Clutch #4, Spotnose x Joppa

Hatched 10/2016

The Joppa gene, originating with Ben Renick at Renick Reptiles, is a dominant, (possibly codominant) gene that acts like the Orange Dream, brightening the colors and cleaning up the pattern. There is one snake in this clutch, featured in the header image, that we suspect is a Spotnose Joppa. The head pattern differs from the plain Spotnose, the body pattern is reduced and there is lots of orange in the lateral pattern. Another one of the hatchlings has been labeled as a dinker, because it doesn’t quite look Joppa, but doesn’t look exactly normal either.