I have been doing this blog for so long, I know I have touched on every possible thing I could think of without repeating myself, and even a few that I have.
So with that in mind, I may start again from the beginning!
This is my 1000th blog post, folks, with many more to come.
I am FLOORED by how much it has grown and changed, and how many people actually come back and read after all this time.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for sticking with me during all these rants, raves, highs and lows..
Yes, I am not the only Ball Python breeder out there. I don't know everything, and I never will. But my intent with this blog was to put it all out there with my experiences for those learning, those who wanna know things, and those that just wanna enjoy some awesome Ball Pythons.
I hope it has been helpful to you, and that you utilize it well and ask questions when you can't find exactly what you are looking for. It helps me help you, and that is what this blog is about.
On to the questions:
"1st: Where do you get your acrylic displays for shows? I seem to
remember one breaking on you. Is there a model that doesn't break as
easily? What model would you recommend?"
I get my acrylics from Reptile Emporium, and I absolutely love their quality. They can and will break, as they are acrylic, but if you take good care of not knocking them around or dropping them from high places, they can and will last you forever.
For the record, yes, one of mine broke due to being mishandled. Acrylic is a sensitive material, so just be aware.
"2nd: If you have a male
that is breeding more than one girl, how often do you rotate him? Do you
ever give him a break? How often does the girl really need to be with a
boy to progress towards ovulation?"
Ahhh yes. This is a question that does not have a definitive answer that I can provide. (I'm sure there is an exact answer, but I am not sure of it)
I rotate my male thru several females giving him three days on, two days off (aka break time), and another female three days, and so on. How often does the girl really need to be with the male? Depends on where she is in her cycle.... So if you don't have a good way of telling (aka no ultrasound machine or amazing palpating skills), I would say go with twice to three times a month. This is more than likely overkill, but if you don't have a surefire way of assuring that the male is in with the female at the right time, more time is better than less time.
A female will progress towards ovulation as long as she has been exposed to a breeding male, and has been at least receptive to the point of developing. I say this because I have gotten complete clutches of slugs, which is a possibility even after ovulation. BUT!!! A female will not ovulate unless the process has begun.. AKA she has had time with a mature male.
I hope this helps, keep asking questions, keep being awesome, and have a great day, my friends!