Popping a snake

I’ve received several emails on how to pop a snake.  I wrote a “How To” on a forum a while back.  So I figured I’ll just post it on my website as another article. 

Popping a snake is very easy, but it does take practice to get them to pop quickly.

First you need to pick up the snake, support the body on your forearm or have someone hold it.

Then you place your thumb in a way that the tip of your thumb should be right at the snakes vent pointing towards the tail.

Then with the other hand place your thumb a little way past the mid point on the tail towards the tip.

With the thumb on the vent gently pull back putting light pressure, so that you open the vent slightly, while at the same time with the thumb on the tail roll your thumb at the same time putting pressure towards the vent. Keep in mind that both thumbs should be moving in unison.

When doing this once your thumb on the tail gets to the vent everything will pop out….if it doesn’t then re-roll again.

If you have a male and know for sure that it’s a male then you need to move your thumb on the tail more towards the tip of the tail and re-roll.  

Many people that don’t know how to pop think that you just put pressure on the tail while opening the vent and the hemi’s will pop out.  When you put pressure on the tail you are also putting pressure on the hemi’s, and that’s why they can’t pop out.

The key is to roll from mid point or slightly past mid point towards the tail, then you put the pressure and then you roll towards the vent. The hemi’s will pop out for sure. Practice a few times on one snake and then give that snake a break and move to another to practice.

Popping an adult is no different than popping a hatchling.  The adult does have more control, but you can get adult hemi’s to pop out the same.  Probing is a lot faster, and a more secure way of sexing. However since it’s so easy on hatchlings it’s the preferred method.

Practice makes perfect!

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Cost Analysis

I’ve been really curious all these years to figure out how I really spend on my hobby. So I decided to capture every expenditure that goes directly in support to my hobby. This will give me as well as others how much one can really spend on such an addictive hobby. I’m sure I will be surprised with the final costs!!!

1-marHides$ 60.00
5-mar3 bags of animal feed$ 27.00
15-marWire connectors and 100m of wire€ 22.50$
15-mar8 bags of mortar mix€ 20.00$
16-mar1 bag of animal feed$9.00
17-mar1 bale of rodent bedding€ 9.00$
17-mar1 bag of animal feed$9.00
17-marCrickets€ 15.00$
22-mar2 bags of animal feed + 2 boxes of trash bags$24.00
    
 Total spent for march€66.50$129.00
1-Feb2 bags of animal feed€ 11.67$15.98
5-Feb2 bales of rodent bedding€ 26.40$37.18
 3 bales of rodent bedding$27.00
 10 bags of animal feed$90.00
    
 Total spent for February€38.07$170.16
3-Jan2 bales of rodent bedding€ 17.20$23.56
4-Jan1 bag of animal feed € 5.83$7.99
5-Jan2 bags of animal feed€ 11.67$15.98
5-Jan2 boxes of trash bags€ 3.65$5.00
7-Jan1 bag of animal feed € 5.83$7.99
10-Jan2 bales of rodent bedding€ 17.20$23.56
14-Jan1 bag of animal feed € 5.83$7.99
15-JanMop, self adheasive hooks, plastic angle trim€ 30.00$40.00
19-Jan2 bags of animal feed€ 11.67$15.98
20-Jan2 small boxes of crickets€ 10.00$15.98
21-Jan2 bags of animal feed€ 11.67$15.98
24-Jan1 bag of animal feed € 5.83$7.99
  
    
 Total spent for January 2011€ 136.38$188.00

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Genetics

Genetics….

What’s all that hype about???

Python regius aka Ball Python (for you Americans) or Royal Python (for you Europeans) currently hold the record for the most natural occurring variations or morphs in the wild. The morphs being either color variation, pattern variation, or both. In order for a “Morph” to be true, it must prove it’s genetics by passing on the genes to its offspring.
Genetically speaking the morph could be one of the following Dominant, Co-Dominant/Incomplete Dominant, or Recessive.

Dominant genes will have the possibility of being represented in a clutch when being bred to a normal (wild type). Each egg in theory from a clutch that is from a Dominant morph x normal (wild type) pairing will have a 50% chance of carrying that particular Dominant gene. The dominant gene being represented is the homozygous form for that morph.

Co-Dominant/Incomplete Dominant genes will also have the possibility of being represented in a clutch when being bred to a normal (wild type). However Co-Dominant genes have a twist in that they can be represented in a heterozygous or homozygous form.

Heterozygous (Het.) version of a Co-Dominant morph carries an incomplete gene that changes its appearance from a normal (wild type) whether it’s for color or pattern. The heterozygous version will act in the same way as a Dominant breeding when paired with a normal (wild type) with each egg having a 50% chance of either being a normal or heterozygous (Het.) for that particular Co-Dominant morph. When breeding two of the same Co-Dominant morphs together you have the opportunity of producing a homozygous version of that particular morph. Each egg from a Het. x Het. pairing will present the following percentage for each egg……25% for normal, 50% for heterozygous, 25% for homozygous.

A homozygous (usually called Super) version of a Co-Dominant morph carries the complete genes needed to present a different appearance from both the heterozygous (Het.) form and normal (wild type). The advantage of having a homozygous form is simple, when a homozygous form of a morph is bred to normal or any other morph, each hatchling will be heterozygous for that morph to include any other morphs that were used in the pairing. For instance when a Super Pastel (homozygous) is paired to a normal (wild type) you are sure that each hatchling will be a pastel (Het.). When a Super Pastel (homozygous) is paired with an Albino you are sure that every hatchling will be a Pastel (Het.) and heterozygous (Het.) for Albino.

Recessive genes can be looked at with similarity of a homozygous Co-Dominant/Incomplete Dominant in the sense that a recessive morph is basically a super while not having a visual heterozygous form for that morph. All heterozygous (Hets.) will look like a normal (wild type). The only way to produce a recessive morph is to breed it to a heterozygous or homozygous form of that morph. When you breed a recessive morph to a normal (wild type) all the offspring will be heterozygous (Hets.) for that particular morph and will look just like a normal (wild type). However each hatchling will carry the gene needed to reproduce that particular morph.

When you breed two recessive morphs together you will produce double hets. When you breed these double hets back together you have a 1/16 chance of producing a double recessive visual. Sometimes you have luck on your side producing a great clutch with a double visual recessive. Sometimes if can take several years of multiple pairings to produce that 1/16 ball python.

Breeding ball pythons never gets stale. It’s a great feeling to see all your hard work pay off and see your eggs hatch after a successful season. By mixing all the morphs currently available the combos are limitless. I truly believe in the upcoming years many CB normal’s offered for sale, particularly males, will have unknown genes. And with breeding one will prove out many unknown hets. that were thought to be normal’s or offered as normal’s.

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