Thursday, January 5, 2012


Introducing the most frustrating male I have ever worked with.

Homey D. Clown, part of the YPBMC club (Yet to be Proven Breeder Male), has still to this day not given me a solid lock with a female. He has at least 6-7 females lined up for him, but he has no interest in any of them. 

I invested a reasonable amount for him a few years back after being shafted on a trade deal for a Clown het something male. I waited several years for that trade to come to fruition, to find that the Breeder in question decided to go out of business without completing our deal. All this time, I waited to get a Clown so that I could have the Clown we had agreed upon and I had already traded him animals for, but... it was not meant to be.

So with a heavy heart, I finally gave in and got a Clown male. And of course, over the past two and a half seasons, I anticipated him being able to and being willing to breed. 

He is able, there is no doubt. He produces reasonable sized sperm plugs often. 

The issue is that he won't use them for anything. 

So after all this time, waiting and waiting, and he is not doing what he is supposed to be doing... 

This just makes me that much more sad. 

And of course, to top it all off, there is more to be said about legislation to prevent people from even owning pythons. 

Quoted from the link below: 

"US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has a proposed rule being considered by the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB). This is the final stage of the rule making process. This rule, if enacted, would ban the import and interstate transport of nine constricting snakes; Burmese python, Northern & Southern African pythons, Reticulated python, all four Anacondas, and Boa constrictor. 

This rule has been called the "Constrictor Rule". All of these constrictors would be added to the Injurious Wildlife list of the Lacey Act. If this were to happen more than 1 million American citizens could be subject to felony prosecution under the Lacey Act. It is the job of OMB to weigh the purported benefits of the rule against the economic impacts. It is also their duty to assure the rule has been given due process under the Administrative Procedures Act, Information Quality Act and all pertinent Executive Orders. USARK has created a clear public record that FWS has failed at every level to make their case for this rule. According to emails obtained by USARK it appears that staff at FWS colluded with staff at the US Geological Survey (USGS) to manufacture "science" to support this rule making after the decision had already been made to pursue a Lacey Act listing. 

Further, FWS grossly underestimated the economic impact. USGS has justified their flawed "science" by saying they were not required to adhere to information quality standards for science used to support the rule because the rule did not meet the standard for a major rule making ($100 million). An economic assessment of the Modern Reptile Industry commissioned by USARK, and done by Georgetown Economic Services, has since debunked USGS claims by asserting that the rule could have impact in excess of $103 million. USARK believes the actions of FWS and USGS in regards to the Constrictor Rule are arbitrary, capricious and potentially unlawful."

Please take a look at this link to USARK and sign.

Do your part to keep these beautiful (yet frustrating) creatures within our grasp. 

Have a great day, my friends.

1 comment:

Jackie said...

Oh, Homey, you lazy jerk. I supposed you've tried all the tricks like putting him a tub with a proven male and letting them wrestle or lock, or putting another males' sperm plug on the females' back?

(Hey! I finally got Mr. Nibbles to lock with that pewter you sold me! I think it was the sperm plug on the back trick that did it, but who knows. He'd lock with my big pied last year, I was starting to think he just didn't like the pewter.)