I always get a greater sense of satisfaction from my breeding efforts when the animals who are taking care of business have been with me since they themselves were follicles in their momma’s belly. Hatching a snake, raising it, and seeing it produce babies of it’s own is one of the biggest personal rewards of the reptile husbandry business. I don’t keep hundreds of animals because it’s personally rewarding, though. A small and sentimental collection accomplishes that with much less effort. In the final analysis I always acknowledge that my primary reward is financial. That’s too much honesty, though. It’s not very PC of me to write such things. Don’t worry, though. I’ll fight through it.
That being said I still get all happy inside when I see one of my boys become a man. That first time you open the cage and see those two little ball pythons tails wrapped around each other is oh, so cool! That satisfaction increases ten-fold when it happens inside the first year (that’s the financial reward lover in me coming out). The male Ivory ball python in the photo was born in June 2008. Today, at the end of February 2009, he is working his magic with the ladies like he’s been doing it for years. He weighs about 700 grams, is producing sperm and already has carnal knowledge of three female yellow belly ball pythons.
Good work, little man! Good work! Godfather is proud of you.