Monday, July 27, 2009

Het Reds

This one is for Krystal!

Thanks for bringing this one up, as it is a topic I've wanted to touch on, but haven't gotten a chance to do so.

Here we go!

Het Reds are a VERY stubtle morph. And because they are so subtle, most people choose not to work with them much. If you showed this snake to someone who had no idea what it was morphwise, they would say Normal.

Here are the two girls I have from proven lines...

They are beautiful in their own right, but they are rather plain. If I told you they were normals, I have a feeling people wouldn't really question it.

And what is also fascinating is that there is so much variation in the base morph. These gals are Het Reds, but look completely different! And it is kind of hard to pinpoint some Het Reds compared to Normals. There are some tricks, including the lines inside the alien heads, a slightly off color compared to normals, and floating donuts, black backs, but that doesn't guarantee it to be a Het Red. Confused yet?

So to touch on Krystal's question, people would rather use Het Reds in Combos rather than make the Super, which is why you don't see many Red Axanthics around. Me? I'm planning on making a Super next year, because I think it would be a great morph to plug in to so many different things.

Something I did last year on accident was to create the first Black Pastel Het Red. I am not using a proven line, so I need to make sure that everything is on the up and up and that it is reproducable, but Ralph Davis and I were the only ones that made them last year, and I was first in producing my Chipo.

Why did I do it? Well, I thought a Black Pastel would look great going with my "normal" female, who had some traits of Black Pastelness as well... So I did the pairing. They do look somewhat similar, don't they?

(Photo of Black Pastel next to Het Red -neither are related to Chipo-)

And look what came out??? She is one of my favorite morphs, really. I love the colors, and she just keeps getting better and better...

So next year, I will try the pairing again to make sure the Mom really is a Het Red (my own line), but it is pretty much solid that she is, thanks to Ralph doing the same breeding.

But again to touch on Krystals comment, Het Reds are great, you just need to make sure you really have them from a proven line, and that you use them how you will. Supers are great, they have a great color, but I don't have any photos from the personal collection to share.. But I will eventually!!!

Hope that helps, and shoot me more questions!!!

Have a great day, my friends :)


Krystal said...

Yay! Thank you! This clears up quite a few things!

I think I'll be adding Red Axanthics to my breeding plan. I'm going to focus on VPI Axanthics overall, and I think it would be neat to try making VPI Axanthic Red Axanthics (Red Axanthic^2 ?) and Red Axanthic Snows. Guess I should get a het pair to start it off since getting a full Red Axanthic is going to be both difficult and probably expensive!

Jackie M. said...

I thought Ralph David did het red plus cinnamon? Either way, I was very impressed. And I'm impressed with how yours is turning out. Hmmm...

Heather Wong said...


You are correct, but considering the situation (and how closely related Cinnies and BPs are) I kinda blurred the lines.

Thanks for pointing that out!


If you want a Red Ax, I'm sure you can find one. They are out there! And Red Axanthic Snows should be a fun project. Good luck!

Krystal said...

So far, I haven't had much luck, but my search area hasn't exactly been broad. Will look more!

Thank you!