Friday, April 18, 2014

It begins... Clutch one hatched!

So the first clutch of the season hatched on Good Friday, and it was a GOOD FRIDAY!

I have been planning to breed the dame, the Pinstripe het Pied possible het Hypo female, to be able to prove out the Hypo genes. With that, I needed a Hypo Pied something, and the Pastel Hypo het Pied male I had fit the bill.

This was one of those projects I was working on for a while, and finally got eggs from this year.

I am thrilled with the results of the pairing, even if the female has yet to prove to be 100% het Hypo.

The results are as follows:

1.0 100% Het Hypo 66% possible Het Pied
0.1 Pastel 100% Het Hypo 66% possible Het Pied
0.1 Pied 100% Het Hypo
1.0 Pinstripe Pied 100% Het Hypo
0.1 Lemonblast Pied  100% Het Hypo

This female Pied is almost solid with her stripe. I love it!

I had yet to hatch Pinstripe Pieds, and I have to say, I really like them! The stripe still stays, and the orange colors are so much more vibrant from the Pinstripe, I look forward to seeing them grow.

This male is really stunning.. I am very impressed!

And this little girl will be staying with me. I don't have many multiple gene Pied females, so of course, why would I not keep something that has two co-dominant genes and two recessive?

Seems like a no-brainer.

I am very pleased with this first clutch, and the next clutch is due in a few weeks from now as well.

I don't expect a ton of clutches this year due to the move, but if I do get eggs that are around during the move, that will be an interesting transition...

To be discussed (thanks for the question, Kristal!) at a later date.

Have a great day, my friends!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Official Announcement

So I have been holding on to this for a while, and can explain why the blog has been sporadic for the last year or so.

Are you ready for this???

I will be moving.

Joel and I will be moving to Charlotte, North Carolina so that I can pursue my Masters in Physician Assistant Studies. I got accepted into a program in late January.

We will be moving in July, and I have been making arrangements for a while since knowing.

I have known this for several months, but due to the nature of the internet and how things are, I wanted to keep it close to the vest due to my professional obligations and other situations until it was appropriate.

So, this is the reason why I am selling adults, moving babies and being extremely busy.

This is a HUGE change in our lives, as neither of us have lived outside of California for an extended period of time.

Now, as many people have already asked, here's how it will go.

I will still be Heather's Herps. I will still be breeding snakes, although not in quantity as I had been over the last few years.

I will be focusing on pairings that I have goals for, and will maintain a collection that will be manageable for Joel and myself while I am in a very strenuous and demanding program.

I did, and enjoyed it greatly, announce it on Facebook on April Fools Day. That was FUN!

Anyway, please keep this in mind while I am adjusting. I will be able to answer e-mails and ship animals as before, but I may have a period of time when I will be unable to do things.

Thanks for all of your support over the years, and I will be here still!

Have a great day, my friends.