Well, here we have a morph combination that is not often seen on the market, due to its abiguity of sorts. Het Red Axanthics are a "boring" base morph, and therefore do not get bred into many things. I know several breeders that work very closely with the morph, including myself, and hope to find some awesome never before seen combinations in the near future.
Now what makes a Pastel or even a base Het Red Axanthic?
First, it begins in the color. Het Red Axanthics have an overall darker tone, with less yellows and more browns. They are most well known for the common dorsal black back over the spine, but this is not the only indicator of the morph, and it also may not even occur on some Het Reds.
Note in the photos that there are odd shaped alien heads with squiggles.
These squiggles are located within the body of the pattern (in the alien heads themselves) and don't seem to fit anywhere else. Can you see them in the photo below? They are the random black side spots in an otherwise organized pattern. There is one right below the word "below".
You notice that these pastels are not as bright as some can be. Yes! That is true... Again with the Het Red morph being in play, the tone is more golden, not neon yellow as some Pastels can be.
They are, however, still stunning in their own right.
All three of these photos on the blog are of different Pastel het Red Axanthics. They can vary immensly, and if you are in anyway doubtful of a Het Red, just try and pinpoint what could be there as an indicator.
I have heard from many people that some Het Reds rival that of Black Pastels. This is true, and that is actually how I became the first person to create the Onyx. I thought it would be an awesome idea to breed a dark "normal" to my Black Pastel to see what would pop out.
Of course, the rest is history, and the Het Red gained popularity. I hope with other combinations, it will continue to do the same.
I'm spending more time in the snake room trying to get myself back on track. It's been a few days of being "off" due to all the things that are going on.
While centering myself and breathing, I like to spend time in the snake room taking photos. Beauty offsets any problems I am dealing with at the time for the moment.
So here we have a photo spread of some patternless animals I have shown occasionally, now more adult and more colorful.
Above we have a Silver Bullet, which is in this case a Black Pastel Cinnamon Pastel. I love the grey tone that this female exudes. The one thing I regret is not having a Super Cinnamon or something to compare the shades of grey, but I do have a Super Pewter below that is stunning.
Super Pewter is a great name for this snake, since it really is Pewter toned, almost silver.
And the yellow splotches, grey and black patches and white spots are all just icing on the cake. Just so interesting looking at such a "patternless" snake with a bunch of random dot pattern.
I really like looking at these two together. Just a brighter lighter grey between the two (Silver Bullet and Super Pewter) and the great comparison. Always a fun thing to look at.
And of course, this gal here has not been shown often, but she was looking amazing. This here is a Pastel Super Mojave female. She is epically yellow right now, and of course her head looks fantastic as well. I had to take many photos, and how else to incorporate her into the blog but to add her with the other patternless critters.
Anyway, enjoy your day my friends. Have a great one!
I have been trying to get a good picture of a Pastel Spotnose for the collection, and so far there have been not many good opportunities. They (the two sisters from this year) tend to bite when the camera comes out, so this one was especially docile for about five minutes, so I took the opportunity while I could.
I have to say, Spotnoses and their combinations are really growing on me. I did not jump into the morph very quickly. I actually did it somewhat reluctantly, to be honest, due to a trade offer that I took up.
I ended up with 1.1 Spotnoses het VPI Axanthic a few years ago, and bred the male to a few of my females.
I bred him to a Pastel, and this female was one of the outcomes of that breeding. So yes, she is 50% possible het for VPI Axanthic. Extra bonus? Absolutely.
It has been a blessing to have these guys here, as making things "Pastel" seems to make things that much more outstanding!
Just look at that head pattern. Spotted noses aren't really the best identifier of a Spotnose. The head pattern is. It is an odd patterned area on top of the head that is distinctive.
Gotta love it!
So there you go. I hope to have a significantly nicer photo for the collection page.
As you know, I've been introducing new males into the harem.
A few of these boys actually showed some kinds of promise, so I snapped some pictures.
Above is my Pewterbee with a Pastel, and he was actually locked as I checked. He likes the larger girls, and I can't say I'm upset about it at all.
I am upset about the mess they made before I took the picture, but... it's hard to clean without not messing with them.
This guy below I've actually mentioned before, my beloved Spinnerblast.
He keeps trying to make things happen.
Problem is, you notice where his vent is? You can see per the picture what the issue is, but the thing is, he is trying! He is managing to lift the female's tail, and that again is a great sign, but no hemipene work at all so far.
I know that some times I mention words that some people may not be familiar with.
Candling is taking a flashlight to an egg and illuminating the insides to tell if there are viable veins.
I like to use LED lights to keep it bright, and when there are questions, turning off the light does help.
If the egg is all yellow, or if there is only weak veins, it may be a slug.
Usually when the eggs are like that, but fully formed, I incubate it anyway.
It usually does go bad, but when in doubt, go ahead and incubate. No harm in doing so at all.
In this egg, you can see the growth ring of the veins right after it has been laid. I would surmise at least six hours or more out of the cloaca. Usually by 24 hours, it is completely formed and there is nothing left to determine between where it began and where it ended.
Here we have an angle where you can't see the line... But you can see strong veins.
These are all photos of good eggs.
I hope you can use them in your own candling endeavors.
Well, I put one of the males in the YPMBC club, my Spinnerblast male with a proven Pastel female... And he got to work trying! BUT, he isn't doing work. He is looking like work, but nothing actually functioning. So, let us make some wishful thinking occur...
There are a few doing the same thing, but this guy was one I didn't expect anything from, so these good signs are making me excited!
And of course, when the camera was out, the photos happened!
Above is a Super Pastel Mojave female of holdback groups... I LOVE HER COLOR!!! I am very excited to have her in the group, and her younger sister should grow into these colors just as well.
And above this is a Spinnerblast female holdback from last year. I love how much she has grown into herself. Spinnerblasts are one of my favorite morphs, and this photo does her not enough justice.
The last of the holdback group is my Pied het Hypo female that I produced this year. She bit me while I was taking this photo, but I have to say I love her pattern. Look at those four fingery projections of white! How cool is that?
It is January 7th and 8th, and at the Pomona Fairplex.
It should be a great show, and I have plenty of critters left to sell.
And actually, I am going to be having a special sale to assist in funding my real life endavours, specifically my wedding that is coming up.
For you blog readers, when inquiring about an animal, mention the word "Wedding" in the e-mail/inquiry, and you will receive free shipping off on your animal! This is a large savings for those animals under $300, and for those animals over $500, take an additional 10% off, including free shipping!
This sale is thru the month of December, ending Jan 1st, 2012, and only referenced here on the blog. Tell your friends!
I hope this helps those of you that are short due to the holidays, and are in desperate need of that one extra animal...
So with that, enjoy your weekend, and have a great day, my friends.
I got an e-mail asking about the differences between a Pastel Crystal and a Crystal. And even with my most eloquent and flowery description, it didn't quite cut it, so I went and took pictures.
So here we go.. with more eloquent and flowery descriptions..
Above, we have a photo of the closeup of a Pastel Crystal adult head.
It is faded light grey to lavender, with blue eyes and a bright yellow and creme coloration.
Compared to the head of a regular Crystal, it stands out like a sore thumb. The head of the Crystal is deeper tones of grey and lavender, with a splash of yellow towards the neck area. Also, note the blue eyes...
The colors of a Crystal are a bit deeper, but not by much. It's a subtle darkness, mostly over the spine ridges.
The body tone is just a smidge lighter on the Pastel Crystal as an adult than that the base Crystal. And of course, nothing like that of a baby..
Can you imagine this turning in to that above? WOW! Pinks turn yellows, lavenders get deeper tones, and in general, they are just gorgeous.
I could stare at them forever, really... And I don't like pink.
So there you have it. Adults compared. I don't have a baby Crystal that is within the same shade tone as the Pastel, as they have at least three months age difference, and in that time, they turn into the adult colors..
Got to love Ball Pythons and their chameleon-esque changes..
I have traveled around the world, and have experienced many other countries. I have been to China, Mexico, Brazil, and others...
Red, White and Blue.
United States of America is the country that holds my heart.
But I can say with all seriousness, I do not enjoy Jury Duty.
Yes, it is our right and duty as Americans to participate in the due process of the legal system. Yes, it is a great honor to be chosen for a jury. Yes, it is a very educational experience when you sit on an actual case.
But when you are stuck in the court room jury holding lobby for eight hours straight with more than 200 other people, it can get very tiresome very quickly.
Especially if those people are Angelinos (the term for Los Angeles county dwellers)...
New York has a bad reputation, and rightfully so. I have been there, I have experienced it, I know.
There are a few other cities, of course, but New York holds the title for me...
But Los Angeles residents have such an odd way of anger about them, it is off putting to say the least. They are a close second when it comes to being rough around the edges and rude.
When one has to deal with one to two hours of traffic to travel 10 miles... people get a bit wierd.
I have lived in Los Angeles for 10 years now... I am still not used to it.
And I was reminded of that yesterday at Jury Duty. (I was also reminded why I like animals much more than people some days)
For the record, I was not picked for a panel.. I wasn't even called to be a part of a panel to be picked from. My iPad and I sat in that waiting room the whole time.
FYI: Free Wifi in the court rooms and access to Netflix is a godsend.
So I am now signed off and will not need to report for at least another 12 months to serve again on a Jury.
Am I sad about that?
No way, man.
I like Democracy and stuff, but I can like it while going to work, going home and doing what I need to do, far away from large groups of grumbling angry Angelinos stuffed in small rooms.
Right now, life has been hectic to say the least, and then this happens...
My super exciting last clutch of the season ends up being a huge bust.
I have never had an egg bound female before, and this girl looks like she is in pain.
Her cloaca is hugely swollen, and three large eggs are still left to be laid. She laid two, one day at a time, and neither of them were fertilized.
I had high hopes for the other three, and then she ends up egg bound.
She is probably at the vet as you read this, being taken care of. I expect that the eggs will be aspirated (have fluid drawn out of the eggs to make them easier to pass) by the vet, and that the clutch will be a bust.
But as long as my first Enchi girl that I ever hatched is alive and well, I'm willing to accept the inevitable.
I just look at her and feel horrible.
I soaked her in warm water, and tried to help her passing, but her cloaca is so swollen and tissue is exposed (prolapsing), I didn't want to risk damaging internal organs.
I've helped other females before, but this is different.
So off to the vet she goes.
Again, these are the things you can't plan for at all, and just have to handle it accordingly. I'm sad I'm loosing the clutch, but I'd be much sadder if I lost her completely, which could be a possibility if I let her try for much longer on her own.
Well, my last clutch is being laid. Problem is, she is having a problem passing the eggs. I pulled the one egg in this photo, and there have been none since. The egg as well is infertile... Well... Fertile, but not going to go to term.
This makes me sad for the last of the season...
Fingers crossed at more good things. There are four more eggs on queue..
And of course, the long awaited Pastel Pied versus Pied blog!
Here we have my Pastel Pied male, and he is around a year old. Pastel Pieds tend to dull out as they age, and Pieds in general tend to mellow out as well. It's an interesting contrast, so I put my Pastel Pied with another Pied his age.
Pastel Pied and Pied
Here we have both side by side. You can tell the subtle nuances of color between the two. Yes, the Pastel Pied is brighter, but not by much! It is heightened even by the fact that I used my flash.
Pastel Pied and Pied
Here we have a more realistic color comparison. Yes, the Pastel Pieds are more yellow, but the basic pied on its own has a gorgeous golden tone to it as well.
And of course, the question about the eyes...
I have to admit, eye color unless striking has never been a quality I pay much attention to... Granted, Spider eyes are awesome in their green cat-like tone, but for those like the Pieds, I never paid much attention.
So of course, I did. And I noticed in ALL of my Pieds, (basic Pieds) the eyes are deep rich tones. You cannot see the pupil much at all, and they are basically deep brown or black.
Pastel Pied eyes
Now let us take a look at the Pastel Pied eyes...
You can't see it very well in the photo, but they have a tinge of gold green, and you can see the pupil. They are lighter, and yes, they are Pastel-y.
Pastel Pied Eyes
So what did I learn from this?
The eyes are windows to the soul... and I should pay attention to them more often.
I hope this helps in your Pastel Pied to Pied comparisons.