I took this picture with my phone (which had a crappy camera in it) back in early 2008. I bred Ivory balls to a few Spider Ball Pythons in 2008 because I saw Spider Yellow Belly’s at the 2007 NARBC show in Chantilly, VA. To me they were absolutely stunning. They were the best looking Spiders I had ever seen. And that seems to be the way it goes with Yellow Belly Ball Pythons. Add that gene to anything and it makes it better. The Yellow Belly Bumble Bee (aka Bumble Belly) is ridiculous. I saw a few of those this year and remember thinking, “And I thought Bumble Bee’s looked awesome…”.
Take everything that has been done with designer Ball Python morphs and add Yellow Belly to it and it will be better than the original. The only exception I’ve seen to this is the albino. Albino Yellow Belly’s look like albinos. The difference is too subtle to be visually appreciated. I am interested in seeing what happens with Albino Spider Yellow Belly’s, though. Since Albino Spiders’s tend to be an overabundance of yellow/orange with the white of the spidering not standing out in most specimens I wonder if the Yellow Belly gene can clean that up and get some nice, high-contrast spider albinos. Time will tell.
Having a Yellow Belly Spider in your collection is a good idea if you want to make cool combos like Bumble Belly’s (aka Yellow Belly Bumble Bees), Spinner Belly’s (Spider Pinstripe Yellow Belly’s) and to the best of my knowledge no one has yet produced an Ivory Spider. My best guess is that it won’t be anything dramatically different than an Ivory but what if it does something else? You just never know with the Yellow Belly gene. It can unlock some really unexpected and cool stuff.
As I write this I have 1.0 2008 Spider Yellow Belly still available. Drop me a note if you are interested in adding him to your collection.
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The Genetic Stripe Ball Python is a stunner. They are, however, highly variable. The best genetic stripes are the truest representation of thier name; an unbroken stripe running the length of their back …and nothing more. The three photos above illustrate a perfect genetic stripe ball python (click on each for larger view):
The key features I look for in a Genetic Stripe Ball Python that I want to add to my collection are:
- Lack of any breaks in the dorsal stripe (e.g. the stripe is solid, uniform and unbroken from head to tail)
- Little to no pattern on the sides.
- Not that it makes a difference in their appearance but they need to be rat feeders, too.
Genetic Stripe Ball Python: Great, but not perfect
The picture below is another Genetic Stripe Ball Python that I consider to be be a very nice animal, but not quite a perfect one. Her stripe is perfect, unbroken and exactly what I shop for. Unfortunately she has a small amount of pattern on her side. This is the functional equivalent of a beautiful model only being 5′ 5″ rather than the standard 5′ 7″+. It doesn’t really matter too much, she’s still a knockout. But she probably won’t make it to the Victoria’s Secret fashion show.[singlepic id=45 w=150 float=left] [singlepic id=46 w=150 float=left] And here is another nice Genetic Stripe; he has a nice solid, unbroken stripe with just a touch of pattern on the sides. This picture was taken back in 2006 at Ian Gniazdowski’s facility (Outback Reptiles). She is not one of my breeders.
I have seen a lot of Genetic Stripe Ball Pythons for sale that are simply not very nice. Sometimes people try to sell them with special names to make it seem like they are something unique and different than a perfectly striped specimen. But seriously, calling an ugly Genetic Stripe Ball Python anything other than what it is (ugly) is like calling a brown diamond a “champagne diamond”. It’s just smoke and mirrors marketing. I don’t have any ugly specimens to show you because I don’t keep them in my collection. Do some searching on Internet and you’ll likely find some real brown-baggers out there.
As is usually the case, you get what you pay for when it comes to high-quality ball pythons. If you want to produce exceptional animals, price can’t always be your deciding factor. Sometimes it will cost you a little more on the front-end but it will pay off exponentially later down the line. Keep this in mind when you’re out shopping for a Genetic Stripe: No matter what the seller tells you perfectly striped parents (or hets that come from such) are MORE likely to produce nicely striped offspring. High quality begets high quality. Ugly Genetic Stripes with irregular patterns, broken stripes and lots of side saddling are more likely to produce the same. In a time when there is an even increasing amount of competition in the industry you don’t really want to be the one peddling champagne diamonds when the guy next to you is offering flawless gems.
Designer Morph Ball Python Breeder
Colubrids, Pythons and Boas are phenomonal creatures. The color and pattern variations that occur naturally are rivaled by few other creatures on earth. Of all the reptiles that exist, few have the amazing variation of the ball python. The combinations of color and pattern seem to be without limit. They are endless. What is already more than a decade old in the making is really just begun. Through selective breeding and and understanding of reptile genetics, Colin Weaver, owner of East Coast Reptile Breeders, dedicates himself to the production of exceptional quality ball python morphs. These animals are investment quality, selectively produced from the finest specimens available. Some of the results often take the better part of a decade to produce. But when they emerge from the egg for the first time, it’s all worth it.
If you are new to the hobby or a professional breeders with years of experience, we have a project of interest to you.
As of today our site is a work in progress. In the coming weeks you will see a lot of new functionality and content being added, hopefully daily. Standing up a great web site is a big undertaking and we’re committed to making this one a good one.
When fully functional, our site features constantly updated content. Here is what you will find:
- Tons of reptile photography. We are constantly developing our photography skills and we thoroughly enjoy reptile photography.
- List of available animals for sale. Most of what we sell was produced here at ECRB. Depending on the time of year we may have a little …or a lot.
- Blogs, videos and other commentary.
- Links to other sites and/or breeders we feel are worthy of your attention.
The Yellow Jacket ball python is what some might call a super-exceptional Pastel Jungle ball python. It is not, however, a pastel. It is a different blood line and it is actually a multiple-gene animal. Ian Gniazdowski from Outback Reptiles was the first to produce the Yellow Jacket and the exact ingredients used to make them is something of a secret. Very few have been produced to date and the photo shown here is the first ever Super Pastel Yellow Jacket. She hatched out of a clutch of six eggs in June of 2008 and was the only super in the clutch. Click on the photo to see a larger view.
Pictures can barely do her justice and she was even more yellow than the photo shows. In person she was simply stunning.
Unfortunately, this girl was born with a congenital defect that made it impossible for her to survive. She died about a day after this photo was taken. So, to date, there is no living Super Pastel Yellow Jacket. With a little luck Ian will produce some in 2009 and we will slowly begin to seem them available to the rest of us. I will be fighting to be first in line for the first super pastel yellow jacket male he lets go of.
I think Valentine’s day is a crap holiday but I still give it my attention. My wife knows how I feel about the day, too. But she likes the holiday. It’s important to her. That kinda’ makes it important to me, too. It’s a lot easier for me to respect the holiday than it is to defy it and deal with the fallout at home. Seriously. You’ve got to pick your battles and decide when it’s time to fall on your sword. Valentine’s day isn’t one of those times for me.
So imagine my surprise when I see that the Havre De Grace reptile show is scheduled on Valentine’s Day. It’s either brain damage or the show promoter has been devoid of companionship for so long that he doesn’t remember that it’s a day of significance. Scheduling a reptile trade show on Valentine’s Day is silly. The same can be said for any other holiday worthy of note. My best guess is that not only will vendors not show up (myself included) but customers will tend to stay away, too. Should be a great show…
We had the same thing a few months ago when the Long Island reptile show was scheduled the day after Halloween. I can almost accept the error of thought on that one. It’s not Halloween, it’s just the day after. That makes it OK, right? I guess the show promoter failed to realize that Halloween is usually from 6PM-8PM at night and that’s the time that most of the vendors are traveling to the show. I’m guessing somewhere around zero show vendors actually live on Long Island so pretty much all of us with families had to either bail on the kids or drive to the show. Me? I held my daughters hand as we walked door-to-door … in Virginia. I think the show promoter got the message when most of the vendors were no-show’s. The customers who came to the show were probably a little pissed, too.
Now, if you’re into reptiles AND your significant other is too then a reptile show could be a cool Valentine’s Day date. I recently met a couple at the Hamburg, PA show that was on their honeymoon (that’s “Dream Date Barbie” in my book). But I suspect that many of you are like me …my wife won’t think that spending the day at a trade show is a cool way to spend a “romantic” holiday.
Wise up show promoters. Wise up.