2011: Wow, What A Season!

The 2011 Breeding Season at SnickerSnakes has been, in a word, INCREDIBLE!! In the Pepper x Annabelle breeding I finally achieved my dream of hatching Avalanche Stripes. In addition, Pepper surprised me by revealing his Hypo gene, resulting in the breathtaking surprise Ghost Bloodred Stripe, Jörmungandr, who I will of course be keeping! There were also Fire Stripes, Fires and Avalanches. The normal-patterned babies are quite stunning, and there are several still available. Thank you, John Finsterwald, Colorado Corns, for the loan of your lovely female, Annabelle! I couldn’t have done it without her!

Before I could catch my breath from the Avalanche clutch, the Ancho x Aji Bloodred clutch brought me the thrill of a lifetime! My very first high-dollar cornsnake ever was a Plasma (Lavender Bloodred). I have loved this morph for years and was so, so envious when Rich Hume hatched the striped version a couple years ago. I jumped at the opportunity to take Ancho and Aji, Bloodreds het Hypo Lavender Stripe on breeding loan from Carol Huddleston, Low Belly Reptiles. These blazing beauties came straight from Rich Hume. Imagine my shock and amazement when the very first hatchling to pip was the target morph, Plasma Stripe! Hyacinth, above left, was followed by a lot of Bloodred brothers and sisters, some striped! The last baby to hatch, M, was a Plasma, and I named her Thirteen. This whole clutch is just a joy; big, beautiful babies who eat like there is no tomorrow! Six are available, including a flashy Bloodred Stripe with a Cubed pattern. Pictured below are Baby G, left, Carol’s keeper male and Baby E, right, female sold to John Finsterwald.

But to balance out the joy of the first two clutches, the third clutch to hatch brought incredible heartbreak. Expecting Bloodreds from the Fred (Rosy Bloodred Kastanie) x Penelope (Hypo Lavender Bloodred) clutch, I was stunned to discover a Lavender nose poking out of the first egg to pip. As I anxiously awaited the surprise hatchling, I researched my various theories of how this pairing could produce an unexpected morph. As it turned out, the one thing I hadn’t considered was retained sperm from Penelope’s 2010 mating…The hatchling emerged, a spectacular example of Hypo Lavender Bloodred, and was, unfortunately, extremely kinked. Two more eggs pipped and bubbled, but noses never appeared. I slit the eggs and no babies ever came out. When I opened the eggs, I found them all dead in the egg, all with extreme, non-surviveable kinking. I wasn’t sure if the lone surviving hatchling would make it, but he shed and ate and thrived. I named him Krinkle, and will keep him as a pet.

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