Monday, November 8, 2010

Hets... The Recessive Story

So I was doing the Pasadena show this weekend, and I had a really hard time selling Heterozygous animals.

I'm going to be honest with you all.

I didn't sell any. 

Why is that, Heather? Don't people trust what you have? Don't people know you are legit?

Well, I would like to think so, but I don't think that is really the problem. 

Most people are finicky. 
They want animals that look like something different, and they don't want to have to deal with animals that look normal with a higher price tag.

I had many people ask me about Pastels I had on the table... Pastels that were het for stuff. I explained that while they were the same morph, they carried the gene for another morph, which made them that much more valuable. 

But you CAN'T SEE IT!

So, Mister and Missus Everyman thinks to themselves, "This chick here is crazy... They look the same, and there is nothing that looks different about this one than that one, and she's asking another $100+ for that one?? HAH!"

And they walk away.

But I am talking about Mister and Missus Everyman, the people who don't know about morphs.

There are also those of you out there that want immediate satisfaction.

Hey, I get it. I do too... 

But Het Females are worth their weight in GOLD when the time comes to breed your visual recessive morph into something. 

You CANNOT get a VISUAL Recessive trait (Albino, Pied, Ghost, Axanthic, Genetic Stripe, Caramel, and the list goes on) WITHOUT ANOTHER HET (or Visual)!!!!!

You can't breed X recessive into a Normal and get your visual X recessive.

You must have genes of the recessives on both sides of the coin to make it work...

Why people don't appreciate the value of that normal looking het, I do not know...

But then again, people want immediate satisfaction.

I have to admit, if you have the money to get a pair of recessive visuals, I say GO FOR IT!

Make it happen! Go for the gold! 

But, that het for recessive female over there, or that het male... they can do the same thing for you. 

And they are still cool.

Don't forget about the Hets, my friends... They are key ingredients to many many different things. Worth it 100%. 

Have a fantastic day, my friends.

And to those of you who stopped by this weekend to say Hello, I greatly appreciated every moment I had to share with you my passion for Ball Pythons. Until January at the Pomona show...


Jackie M. said...

het females are worth their weight in gold

Just out of curiosity, are you ever left with a room full of het males at the end of the season? And what do you do with them if that happens?

Anonymous said...

just curious what is the snake in the picture

Heather Wong said...


Het males get sold as normals to pet stores, depending on the morph of course...


That animal is my male double het Albino Pied.

Mike Kessler said...

I did the same thing at shows when I didn't know much about snakes. My wife and I looked at 2 of the same looking Ball Pythons with a big price difference between them. We thought "How Stupid"! I later ended up buying a pair of visual Albinos in 2007. Then I read, read, read, read some more, and still read today over and over educating my snake knowledge. Now we have 35 or so Ball Pythons, a pair of Cornsnakes, a couple Carpets, and a couple Boas. I do admit most of my Ball Pythons are visuals and about 5 normals. I only have 1 Het. and she's only a 66% Het. We'll see if we can change her percentage this season. I really do wish I had a bunch of het. females. It would sure make my breeding plans a lot easier.