Wednesday, July 09, 2008


New SLR camera and NINE good Triple Het x Triple Het Suboc (Trans-Pecos) Eggs...

All in one day too!

I really wasn't expecting that many from her. I thought six, maybe seven...but Nine I can definitely handle.

Anyway, this camera takes HUGE pics, like 12.2 megapixels...and I wanted you to see the macro somewhat so here it goes.

Practically every simple recessive suboc morph you can think of could come out of this clutch, even a Snow Blonde, which has not occured yet. A Snow Blonde, if it were to occur, would be the very first triple recessive homozygous morph of subocularis.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008


Gray phase eggs

So, my Pandale Paved female laid a healthy clutch of four. She's an F1 who bred with her sibling/clutchmate. It'll be neat to see the F2s. She's seen her third winter, and I usually don't breed females until they've seen their fourth winter, but she was an exceptional size and girth for her age, which is the most important determining factor for breeding females.

She laid them quicly and without complication.

In other news, Triple Het eggs should be laid any day now...mommy's scouting for a place to deposit her clutch.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008


Recent Happenings: Ratsnake Foundation Interview, Recent Pairings, New and Old Literature, Gravid Females, etc.

Hello all! Busy, busy, busy. So much has been happening around here recently.

One cool thing to report is that I was was just interviewed by the Ratsnake Foundation ( for their quarterly online publication, the Ratsnake Digest. The July 2008 issue was just published to the web yesterday, and there are many great articles from a wide variety of respected experts. There's even a wonderful, lengthy, hard-to-find article on Charles Bogert (who many species of herps, including subocs, were named after) and another great rare one on Trans-Pecos Ratsnakes.

I would suggest becoming a member, if you haven't already. It's a great organization based in the U.K. and dedicated to the dissemination of everything related to ratsnakes, and the content caters to the academic and hobbyist alike. Go check it out! You won't regret it.

It appears we have several gravid females. The Triple Het female (hoping for Snows or something cool, of course), a couple of Axanthic Blondes, a Pink phase, a Gray phase, and some possible Het Albinos all are not interested in food, which is weird for non-gravid females this time of year (except the Pink one, she's always been a ravenous eater). The Orange phase animals have bred this past weekend, which was a pleasant surprise.

At least two of the aforementioned snakes were with the Patternless male, our one-of-a-kind celebrity here at More news on that soon.

Recently, I picked up a boatload of old issues of The Vivarium magazine along with several other older publications. I subscribed to that magazine as a young teeneager, and have always wanted to complete my collection. Anyway, I was pleased to find what are very likely the first pictures in print of a wild-caught Albino and an Axanthic (aka Silver) Blonde. Both of the photos were featured in two of the "Cutting Edge of Herpetoculture" special issues of The Vivarium in 1997 and 1998. The photos were taken by the originators of those two morphs -- respectively, Dave Barker of VPI, Inc. and Mark Bell of Reptile Industries.

Philippe de Vosjoli, once again, praises the suboc in these issues for being one of the most beautiful snakes in the world and for being an excellent candidate for desert vivaria displays.

If you ever get a chance to buy old issues of The Vivarium, do it. Though some of the info is now somewhat antiquated, content-wise, it went WAY above and beyond what any other herpetocultural publication has ever done, in my opinion.

More soon!

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