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You are reading the first journal of it's kind anywhere in the herp world!!.............no bone-heads were killed or injured while testing this product............make no mistake............what you are about to read is "the original"...............anything else is a fake...............Ralphie......:)

JOURNAL_JANUARY_2003
Friday_January_31 - The Mother Load!!! - Ball Breeding -
 

What a day!!!...........Jesus ............I have not felt a disturbance in the force like today in a long while. It's 1:30 am Saturday morning ..............I'm on an "all meat" diet for a few weeks so that I can fit back into my 36's............LOL................so I'm full of energy! This morning was unreal ................almost every pair I'm breeding were locked up ..............I though my hand was going to fall off marking down all the copulations ..................I have received hundreds of emails each week from all of you....................and I have noticed many of you are following my journal day by day...............and breeding your snakes the same method that I'm doing.............as far as resting and feeding the breeders ..............I get the "breeding temps" question a lot.............so I'm gonna note what I do as far as temps here for all of you ................I start breeding in October............in the first week of October I begin the breeding temps...............and I do it like this..............my heat in the off season is always set at 95 degrees...........and my heat in the breeding season is also set at 95 degrees .............I breed from October till the end of March............that entire time I set the day time temps to 95 degrees and the night time temps to 82 degrees................this is the temp of the heat tape.........right on the tape.............95 day...............82 night..............that's it.............now what I also do is manipulate the lights...............my very first night drop in October is set to start at 7 pm.............that is when the HELIX switches to the 82 degree night time drop................and that is when ALL the lights go out in the room ..............I do this for a few weeks...................then as the winter days get shorter .............I turn the lights and the day heat off at 6 pm...............the when "day light savings time" kicks in ..........I shut the heat and lights off at 5 pm......................5 pm is the final drop of light and heat .................I work my way down to this, and it stays that way until March 31st..................so basically my snakes are going into the 82 degree night time drop and the darkness at 5pm from the end of November until the end of March.............it's that simple.................and it is easy ................I just slowly bring the snakes into longer cooler nights...................in the off season they are used to 95 degrees 24/7...............lights on at 7 am and off at 9 pm.............at the height of breeding season .......November through March............the lights and heat are on at 7 am...................and off at 5 pm................so that is 10 hours of heat and light.................and 14 hours of night time temp 82 degree tape and darkness.................that's when the breeding happens..............at night................My actual air temps during the day in the room are around 80 to 82 degrees during breeding season and almost 88 to 90 degrees in the off season................my air temps at night during the breeding season are in the low 70's...............so at night ..........there is 70 to 75 degree air temp............82 degree heat tape temp............and 14 hours of darkness..............it works like a charm for me..................the best part is that at night when the lights go off and the heat drops down.............the entire room slowly gets cooler .............everything works perfect.................then in the morning when the lights come on and the heat tape turns up to 95 degrees..............the room slowly gets warmer..................it is noticeable to me...............and majorly noticeable to the ball pythons..............it's a season..............it's "making weather" in your own basement...............that will be another lesson..............."how to make cold fronts in your home".................the snakes go nuts for those. Now..............you want to know when I put my pairs together...............it's real simple..................In the first week of breeding temps ................I let all the pairs stay alone .................I give them one week to feel what is going on in the room..................in that week the males and females get restless.................they know it is time to breed .................after that first week ...............I introduce the pairs...................and I keep breeding all the way till the end of March the next year ..................rotating the boys through the girls................the girls through the boys.................two boys through one girl ..................three girls with one boy ...............I do what ever it takes to "trigger" breeding .................sometimes it is as easy as putting a pair together and that's it.................but sometimes it takes a lot more patience on finding out what exactly makes certain males or females "tick".................thats the fun part!!...............I'm always aware of what my snakes are doing ...........I know who is breeding well and who ain't................I know what females are responding and which females are being "stuck up"..................I'm majorly aware of the size of the follicles in my girls that have been bred well ...............depending on the size of the follicles and the way the female is acting determines whether I need to even keep a male with her or not...............when a female is done..............she is done..............she has been bred well.................she starts to "lay cold" ( lays at the cool end of the cage, maybe even around her water bowl, this is when you can almost always feel big marble sized follicles in her, she is done!! ).............she ovulates......................she sheds...................and she lays eggs..........no need to "dud your male out" on a girl that is done..............use him on the girls who are still warming up during the day.........I also offer food to all the snakes at least twice a month............usually every week...............some eat.....some don't.............if they eat thats great..........they get a meal and some rest..........I rest them on the weekends or two days after a meal..............I also do not feed big meals.............meals during breeding season are smaller............because of the lack of belly heat at night............I have had ZERO problems doing this...............the females that eat bounce back much quicker after laying eggs................so anyway................that was a good five minutes worth of "inside info"...............I hope this helps some of you..............make sure you copy this journal entry ...............because it's a good one!!............:)
Getting back to the day................man it was just crazy today................with the phone calls and the emails ................I will breeze through all my "Friday crap" now..............then I will get to the good stuff ...............Today was rat cleaning day................Robbie and his little bro Billy did 90% of the work.........Phil and I got there late..............we fed everyone and helped sweep the place and blow it out...............then we all went and had dinner ..............Earlier today Lou and I went down to the airport to pick up our new Clown female................she is awesome!!...............we really love her..............she has hardly any side pattern and a cool black back.............so that all went perfect...............she came in nice and warm.............she is plump and happy..............we have her set up in her new home.......:)...............Lou got robbed!!!............yep..............poor Lou had his garage broken into............he had some tools stolen...............he thought he knew who might have done it.............so on a hunch..............he called some local pawn shops to see if anyone had brought the tools in there to pawn...............sure enough a pawn shop called back and said they had all of it................so Lou flew down there and got the tools back...............it turns out that he knows the kid who did it................the kid hangs around Lou's garage a lot..............anyway...............the kid said that he was going to bring the stuff back once he got the money to get it back out of pawn??????..................I'm not sure if Lou is pressing charges.................or going to make the kid be a slave for life???...............but Lou is happy to have gotten all his stuff back..............Lou loves pawn shops.......he knows all the local owners of all the shops in the area...............so this poor kid was shit out of luck by pawning the stuff locally..........LOL..............Lou busted him in ten minutes..........so that's that................that's the day...............not including the hundred emails and 50 phone calls to "Big Brother Ralphie"...........all about two things..................and here they are.............like it or not guys. They are.......... the post on Kingsnake Classifieds about the "two week" sale on het Caramel Albinos for $3,000.00 a pair or 1.2 for $5,000.00......................and "Morph King Reptiles"............what a double whammy today was!!!
Lets do the easy one first...............the guy selling the het Caramels was emailed by some meanie like me................email is below>>>>>>>>>

That's just bull shit man.............there are a handful of Caramels on the planet and your selling hets at this price??............they should be no less then $4,000.00 to $4,500.00 a pair for the 2003 season...........I actually though the price of the hets would recover and stabilize this year, until I was sent to your advertisement .........I think you should re-think your price .........you'll get the $4,500.00.........forget the two weeks.

Ralph

Anyway .............I had emails and phone calls from all over asking me what I thought about this............and the above email is what I sent to him expressing my point............well it turns out that he had a "brain fart"..............it happens from time to time..............his reply is below>>>>>>>>

Ralph,

You're right. I decided to sell something else as opposed to a pastel female I'm raising for my Caramel male. I should have sold her instead of deposits on lower-priced hets that have yet to be produced. Paying f$%$%** bills when the work has been slow causes some stupid things to happen. The way I was looking at it was I know I have money coming in the first of next month, hold on to what I am raising to breed at all costs. Just didn't think it through clearly. I was actually reading your journal when I realized what an ass I was when I came to the part about Pete and what he's selling his pied hets for and that you're gonna make money getting in early. I like your journal, though there are some stories I could tell you about Jerry "The King" Lawler that most people don't know, as I'm from Memphis and so is he. Long story short, I've realized my mistake and have taken down the ad.

Take care,

Skip

Thanks for the reply Skip..............your country thanks you and I forgive!!!...............I would love to hear the story about Jerry" The King" Lawler...............Im glad my journal inspired you..........:)................So that is the first disturbance in the force I mentioned way up at the top of this " when the hell will this butt head shut up?" novel........:)..............but I'm on a roll...........It is 2:20 am ..............I'm still loose and full of good ideas ......Theresa is up in bed snoring away..............shes so cute when she snores...............not to mention I would like to end January with a huge pain in the ass to read journal entry..................:P..........so on to the final saga of the day .................which is actually not going to take up more then probably 1000 words...........LOL........I can't believe I'm going to "plug" these guys?

"The Morph Kings"...............Joey and Wess.............they posted a bunch of pics on Kingsnake's ball python forum today.............pics of their Lesser Platty, Spider, Axanthics, Caramels, Albinos, Mojaves and the list goes on.............these guys have the goods for sure!!.......Joey bought a ton of stuff from all of us "big breeders" last year................I made a post up on KS congratulating them on what they had................and a wise crack remark that it was funny how all the breeders were doing these huge deals with Joey.............yet everyone kept quiet about it .............including me. What I think is funny about the whole thing is how Joey "didn't want to really breed anything" ..........."he just wanted some awesome snakes to look at"...................I like Joey..............and I knew his line was a crock...............but he spent huge money with me...............and others to..............so I was cool with it ............I had no problem selling him a Lesser Platty and some Pieds.............and other stuff too..............it was a sweet pay day...................what I didn't know was that he was going to partner up with Wess.............who is active in the herp world...............and I'm sure knows how to work with snakes................but it's all good .................I'm just sure that all of the breeders who sold him these super high end mutations did not see this coming ..............I know I didn't..............but I'm happy for the guys.................Joey spent a a couple hundred thousand on the snakes and Wess will do the breeding ..............sounds like a plan...........So after my first post telling Wess and Joey how great I though it was that they owned all these awesome mutations .........I decided to go check out their web-site .................I wish I had not done that ................I seen my CROWN and a slogan that says "We Sell Them For Less"............well the word "Less" is all I had to see ..............I will get over the crown thingy...............but the slogan just struck me wrong..............it makes me feel that all those awesome morphs are not so awesome anymore ................CHEAP is the word...............and I don't like that!............Here all the big breeders sell off all this great stuff for major coin................we are all happy as clams................and then all of the sudden...............BAM!!..............there is all of our stuff out on one web site..............it looks awesome..................and it is "LESS"...............so basically I'm pretty pissed off about the whole thing .............I think their "unveiling" was poor............it got ZERO responces...............they do not seem like they are going to be very "protective" of the market .......the word "Less" coming from a person who has the mutations that everyone drools over only hurts the market............it will actually scare some buyers away from investing.............because they will feel like they can not catch up before the snake is worth low dollars..........."Less Wess".......I'm sure they will read this and be pissed off that I feel this way..............but that's how I feel.................that slogan is so "used car salesman" it's pathetic.............and Joey sells cars...........LOL..............Then to add fuel to the fire Tracy has to dig on me about these guys using a crown in their logo.................and I have a crown as well...............LOL...............your a bad girl!!!............It's great to be the King ..............nobody tells it like me..............you guys need me..............and I love you all............lmao!!.............it's late and I'm getting delirious for sure....................but I had to sit down and write ..............I feel like sometimes I'm the only breeder out there who even gives a hoot about what is going on ..............I know others think it..............but they don't say anything.............they email me instead..................and you KNOW I will always say what's on my mind.............that's why Joey and Wess love me so much...............So that's it folks...............this is one of my best pieces of work here on the journal that you all love so much to read..................and I know you do because I see the visits ..............I thank you for reading it too ...............I'm a blabber mouth .............I enjoy jotting down my day to day routine and things that happen.................this is where it will be...............and to all my breeder freinds................as I said on KS.............I know we all can not get along with each other ALL at the same time.............that's cool.................but I know I'm right on, as to what we all feel when we see that our hard work could be messed up by a few bone-headed moves in the industry ..............I'm totally here to stay ..............I have my policeman's hat on at all times ......................I'm out!!!....................cages tomorrow and then Karaoke!!!.............410-984-5194...........to chew some ass or throw flowers............:)..........What a day..........I'm sure the spelling sucked tonight..........zzzzzzzzzzz

Thursday_January_30
  Last night I was feeling pretty crappy ........couldn't sleep .......Theresa is getting "the bug" now too.........:)..................so I went down to the snake room and started palpating ALL my girls that have been breeding ..............I was shocked to see how many actually had noticeable good sized follicles..............the kind that I know will progress into eggs!..............I won't let the number out now.................but it is way higher than I expected..............holy smokes!!......and it is way early in the season???.............maybe it is because I'm a smidgen warmer with my night time temps?..............there WILL be some very cool surprises in the Ball Python world this year!.............I went up to the rat barn this morning to check things out..............I hung out with Mr. John awhile ( he is the farmer who I rent from for the rat barn ).............his mom had a stroke..............she went blind.............and he is taking care of her at home...............he likes to stop down and see me when I'm around the building...............he used to help me tend the rats.............but now that his mom got sick..............he can't help out like he used to...............I think he misses the rats............and I really like talking to the old Rob's handy work!guy........;)................Anyway.........Robbie and I cleaned the snake room today.............I finally put all my breeding pairs back together this morning................I had to break out some of my het Piebald males to breed my het and poss het Pied females..................my two Piebald males are starting to slow down..............no worries .............I hope..........LOL............all in all..............the season looks like it will be awesome!!..................and the boas are just ovulating left and right.................I got these boas figured out!..............My "tub man" stopped by today with and order of 200 clear snake tubs that he molded for me..................we use the clear tubs for baby snakes, mice breeder tubs and rat mom birthing tubs..............I'm so glad I had these tubs molded...........FATASS stopped by after work.............he just finished a "custom job" that we did for one of my wife's customers. He did a room of wainscoting...........and it looks awesome!................the room had to have all the existing moldings removed..............then the wainscoting installed...........72" high............with a nice cap to finish it off at the top................3 1/4"crown molding was 410-Fat-Ass!installed................ the windows and doors were re-trimmed...........and new base molding was installed..........we have some "raw pics" now.................but we will get better pics after it is all painted.............I put a bunch of new crazy video clips on the "herp clips" page...............the ones with Lou in them are hysterical............lmao!!!..................I also got the 2003 Boa Potential Offspring page done.............I will be picking up a Clown female from the airport tomorrow ................I always love going to the airport to pick up a new baby......:)...................Robbie is going to bring his little brother Billy to the rat barn tomorrow to help clean.................so that will be nice.........that should shave a few hours off Robbie's time?.....................I'm writing this tonight............in REAL TIME..............that's rare..............LOL..................I just got finished watching CSI................It was pretty lame tonight.................no chicks!!!.................what's up with that?..................anyway...............I'm out...............I'm actually feeling better.............but now the wife has it........hee-hee-hee.......................later Lou Squatchie.........check it out.........
Wednesday_January_29
  WellThis guy owned a strip club........this is his Hummer it finally hit me!!..................I had dinner with Lou and Robbie last night ............afterI love his logo........ that I went and picked my daughter up from Church .............I got home and got Brooke to bed ..............I went in the Forum and checked some stuff out.............did a little posting ..............I was all ready to go into chat, when it hit me ................Yep................I started feeling cold and sick to my stomach ................I was feelinyepper........g all gassy and nasty ................I just wanted to die. I just went to bed aThe wife must have taken this one??????nd hoped it would go away .............I felt like crap!!...............well through the night I barfed 4 times...............yeah I know................what do you guys care ........LOL...............I had it coming out of both ends..............it was awful ...............I could have pooped through a straw!!...............I was pretty miserable the entire night...............this is what I get for laughing at my daughter Brooke when she had the Thats where we should have had dinner!!!!!!!"Squirts"............LOL...............anyway...............Robbie is feeding some of the babiesWhat a beast........34 Ford today...............he did a couple hours of work in the rat barn this morning ..............I feel like crap still ................I'm just sitting here writing the journal..............once I'm done ...............I'm heading straight for the couch ...............watch out for that 24 Flu you guys!!.............Both ends it hits ya!!!
Tuesday_January_28
  Toady The Texas Bikini Team?pretty much sucked ............I got a bunch of piddlie stuff done with snakes..............got some paper-work done .....................sigThe Family........:)ned a bunch of TAX stuff!!.............gotta love taxes .............I answered at least 100 emails..............Gail from Renaissance Reptiles had been nice enough to email me and congratulate me on getting my new Spider girl...............we did a little emailing back and forth and finally we just ended up talking on the phone...............we talked for two hours!!!........This chooper was unreal!.....I had to plug my poor cell phone in before it blew up!...............Lou Look at this engine..........holy smokes!and I have met Gail and Nigel a couple times.............but I never got to talk with her about ball pythons...........so it was really nice talking with someone new ............I enjoyed our talk Gail!!..............Thanks.......:):)
Monday_January_27
  Today is Mom's birthday!!.....The bald guy from Springer was there.........here he is writing a list of the most asked questions..................so we will be taking her and dad out to dinner later on tonight. Today was pretty lame ................I went up to the rat barn tThe list.........LOLo pack some orders............then I delivered them .................I feel like I'm coming down with something .............there is a pretty bad Flu going around ..............I have been dodging it pretty well...............but I think it is finally catching up to me ............I just don't feel like doing much. I didn't put my pairs back together yet ...............I should do them today .............I will probably put them back together on Thursday .............The PT's set-up..........I'm sure Friday morning there will be a bunch of copulations to mark down........:)............I catch a girl or two each week laying at Mom with Steve..........lmao!!the cold end of the cage.............when I see this I always pull the girl out and palpate her for follicles...............they usually always have nice sized ones when I see them "laying cold"...............looks like 12 girls so far that will lay eggs for me this year.............24 clutches and I will be I love Lamborghinis!!happy................:)..............it's real early yet...............by the end of March I may have 30?!................I sized down a bunch of pics from the car show we went to on Sunday ...............I'm going to stick them "here and there" around the journal this week ..............I'm toast!Fear Factor tonight........thats all I need..........I'm feeling puky!
Sunday_January_26
  Today my family and Phil's family went to Baltimore to see a car show............it is called "The World Of This Jag was worth $875,000.00.........only ten were made......Wheels"Interior of the 32.............my mom and dad have two cars that they show there ..............a PT Cruiser and a 32 Ford pick-up...............the show started Saturday.............but we were too busy to get down there................and I really did want to go ..............because "Mini Me" was there ................I love that little dude!!!............My mom got to see him in person and get an autograph ..............I will post his pic once I get it from her..................mom saidI love Road Runners that he drew a crowd so huge that some people in line never got to see him.................also Jerry "The King" Lawler was there.................he loved my dad's 32 Ford.................he sat in it and gave dad an autograph ..................wouldn't you know the boner didn't think to get a It's the General Lee............heeeeeee hawwwww.........and Cooter too!!pic?............Dad said he was a really cool guy to meet...............and not nearly as big as he would have expected him to be.............We all went to the awards ceremony to see how dad would do.............he won "Best in his class" for the PT Cruiser........."Best in his class" for the 32 Ford..............and "Best street drivThe General...........did you watch that show?en" for the PT Cruiser............so he was very happy!!.............So we hung out at the show long enough to help my parents load up and get out of there ...........I though I was going to die from carbon monoxide poisoning when everyone cranked up their engines and started getting out of the arena............sheeeewwwwwww!!...............then we all went to an Italian joint to eat...............that be thatMini Me is soooooo cute!!!.........
Saturday_January_25
  Today we built a rat breeder rack for ourselves...........Phil and I met in the morning and took a load of trash to the dump.............then we went to the lumber yard to get all of our supplies..............The rat breeder racks hold 18 tubs.............we can breed 1.6 in each Dad's 32 Ford............it won best in it's class......:)tub..............they have food hoppers in the front and a watering system...............they are our easiest racks to build.............Robbin ( Phil's wife ) was nice enough to bring us out some lunch today..........RobDad's PT Cruiser..........it won best in it's class!...........check out the hood!bie the Robot did not work with us today............Lou needed him to help out on one of his alarm jobs....................Lou and Robbie did come over tonight.............Lou went to the sushi bar and picked up a bunch of stuff for us to make our own sushi at my house..................Lou is quite the sushi master these days................he did an awesome job..............it all tasted just like what we are used to eating at the bar ..............I will say this.............Lou is one hell of a chef ................everything he prepares tastes great!!..............I think he missed his callingCheck out the interior of the PT........cool DVD players!.............he should have been a chef!...........after sushi...............we This bike was really cool............it won best in show!!watched "K-19 The Widow Maker"................I love submarine movies..................The Hunt for Red October has to be my favorite.................anyway.............K-19 was ok..............it was rather slow..................but it did have a good story ...............I give it two and a half stars.............out of a possible 4.....:)....U-571 was great too!!
Friday_January_24
  Well Lou and I met up with Pete last night...............we got our Spider Ball female!!..........whoooooooo whooooooooo!!............Pete and his girl Amy, Lou and I met at the Sushi bar........we gorged ourselves as usual..........I love the stuff!!................Pete actually is the one who first introduced me to Sushi...............that was almost ten years ago............when I bought my first Albino boa group ...........I have been eating it ever since............We all hung out until midnight or so...............On the way home we ran into some crazy winter weather??.................it was like a snow squal...............the snow was coming down in blankets...............and it was blowing side ways.............it was crazy!!!....................schools ended up being two hours late this morning ...............I mean this snow came down hard and fast...............and completely out of the blue??................I never seen anything like Yeah Baby!!!!!!!!!.........it.............Robbie the Robot will be doing most of the rat cleaning himself today ..............I have a ton of paper work and things to get completed before the weekend..............Phil and I will hook up later today and help Robbie finish up.............then I'm sure we will get some grub afterwards ...............I hope everyone has a great weekend!!!.......oh yeah I almost forgot.......>>>.........and for those of you who read Kingsnake.com's ball python forum .............there is a thread on there about "possible het myths".............I have been sent a bunch of emails telling me to go in there and kick this person's ass???..................I did go and read the thread..............and all I can say is I think this person is right...........and wrong.............there are some good points in the thread...............but I do not agree with that way of thinking at all............this person probably is not very lucky.................and I'm sure don't like taking chances. When we are talking about 50% possible hets..............the chance of the snake being a het is 50%.............that's it.............if one of the parents was a het and the other was a normal.............you produce 50% possible hets................the odds can go either way..............just like flipping a coin...............BUT.............the point of the thread is that it does not matter if a person buys poss hets from the same clutch............or poss hets from different clutches "That the odds don't change"...............I say this..............and it is really simple.................if I had the choice of picking four possible hets out from a breeder ..............I would absolutely with out a doubt pick 4 related sisters..............no way would I pick "one here and one there".................even though each snake does have a 50/50 shot at being a het ..............I feel better in my mind narrowing it down to related clutch mates.............my mind works like this..................6 eggs...............2 boys..............4 girls...............3 of the six should be normal............the other 3 should be hets .............I'm walking away with the four sisters...........and playing the "odds"............it's all about the odds.................and I have beat the total crap out of the "Possible Het Odds Gods"........lmao!!!........think lucky and you will be lucky!...................everyone has their own way at looking at something.............if you want to pick through a pile of poss hets and not care who is related or what the clutch sizes were..............be my guest...............but when I bought all my poss het Pieds from Pete..............I took ALL THE GIRLS IN THE CLUTCH!!!!!!!!...................and I SCORED big time !!................plus saved a lot of money too!!.................so who ever this person is on KS and this "Myth Thread"..................I can see your point...............but when I'm dumping out 5 or 6 thousand dollars EACH for Lucy "POSSIBLE" hets in the future...............you can bet your ass I'm buying an entire clutch.............and if we are talking about 66% poss hets...............thats just a no-brainer?????????...............buy the siblings people!!!............at worst case, it boils down to being six of one and a half dozen of the other.........does it even matter??.................all that matters is that the snakes are "Honestly 50% poss hets"............thats the best a breeder can do, is be honest................if the person selling the snakes is a crook............then all this hype don't really matter does it?.......................it ain't a scam to sell people the whole damn clutch.............I think it is smart...............and most breeders who keep back poss hets for the future, keep back entire clutches .............especially clutches high in females................this is just the way I see it............50% of you guys reading this will think I'm a boner...............and 50% of you will think I'm a genius ...............I know it don't take a genius to try and consolidate the odds in winning...........does it?.............sheeshhhhh!!!................go ahead............copy and paste this bad boy over at KS..........this is good stuff...........:)Boner!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday_January_23
  Today was what???....................that's right..............it was snake cleaning day..........:).............I separated all my pairs this morning and we cleaned the entire joint ............I'm going to let all the breeders rest this weekend ...............I will pair everyone back up on Monday morningTalk about dark!!!........The "Black Heads" will make killer Albinos!!. I was on the phone most of the day doing business ...........I spoke to Jeremy Stone about possibly getting a Motley Boa male from him this season ..............I have a beautiful striped albino female that I think would be the perfect mate for a Motley..............he says he should be producing some................so I asked This is an 02 Lesser Platty.........yepper!!!him to put me on the list. He also has these really cool little Central American boas............he calls them "Leopards"................I seen a pair of them at Pete's place and I fell in love with them ............I'm starting to build quite a collection of the smaller Central American boas ............I can't wait till my pair of wild caught type II anerythristic Centrals are big enough to breed.............they are much An 02 female "Black Head"better looking anerythristics then the Columbians...............and mine are striped???................anyway..............I have had my eye on a few new boa mutations to add to my collection...............so hopefully I will be able to get my Motley male and those cute little Leopards. ................Now the Big News!!!...............Pete and I agreed on a price for the Spider Ball female he wanted to sell.................so I bought her!!!........yepper...............I finally got a Spider Ball..............now I can start playing mad Remeber the "Sloth"scientist with her............LOL............Lou and I are going to meet Pete at the Sushi Bar tonight and have dinner................he will bring the little Spider girl with him.................sI love the cheeks on these guys!o Lou and I will be pretty stoked on the way back home with our new addition!!!....................Fat Ass brought me a cool "prop" from his movie store..............it is a box that was used to promote the movie "Seven" and also "The Cell"..............I loved both these movies .............especially "The Cell"........I snapped a pick of it for you guys to laugh at...............it will be part of all the other garb up in my third floor game roomWhats in the box???
Wednesday_January_22
  I got a ton of work done in the Currently Available section ..................I finally got the ball rolling on taking pics and figuring out how to use my new Adobe software..............so I won't be My Striped male breeding an Albino female 2003dreading taking pictures as much as I used to........:)............We decided to take the week off from feeding snakes..............we usually feed on Wednesday nights ...........everybody is nice and plump...............and all my pairs are breeding so well that I don't even want to go in the room and disturb any of them ...........things are looking really well ..............I have follicles in a bunch of females...............so I expect a good year..............NOT 50 some clutches again though .............I'm taking it easy this This is that Super Pastel female I picked up a  while back............she is really nice!! year.......:)..............yeah right! ..............I have been taking pictures of inventory and collection snakes every day now ..................taking the pics is easy................it takes a lot of time to size them and get them all organized...............but I'm chipping at it day by day..............Have any of you watched the new show " Meet My Folks"???................I'm telling you ..............I live for Reality TV these days.................this stuff is so entertaining to me.................lmao!!...............and I used to hardly ever watch any TV....This is her again...............now there is a Reality show on each night!!................Maybe I will be the first to do a "Reality in your face ball python site"?.............oh yeah?..............I am doing that now ................don't ya hate me?...........:)...............I got emails from my clients in England.............they said that the snakes arrived perfect and warm..............so that makes me happy.............each guy told me that the snakes were nice and toastie.............and both were extremely happy with their snakes ...............I'm just full of myself today ...............I met Clint up at the rat barn to load up 350 small rats for Pete Kahl...............Clint is a young guy who works for Pete.............he is a really good This is a pair of Super Pastelskid..............he told me his grandfather is rich.............and that he was going to buy a Platty male from me................whooooooo whoooooooo..............that would be nice..........:) I must have spent 5 hours on the phone today..............it was crazy ...........I'm spent!................It looks like I won't be having that Clown Ball, that I made a deal for, shipped until somThis is an 01 female produced from my Goblin male bred to an aberant femaleetime next week...............it is too cold to ship ..............Delta said "no way"...................so hopefully we will get a warm day or two next week and I can receive my new Clown girl!!............Now I'm working on getting a Spider ball female from Pete Kahl.................he bought an 02 girl from NERD a few months back...............and he has decided to sell her..................so I'm hoping I can work out a price with Pete and make her mine...............I'm out............ I hope I get that Spider girl!!
Tuesday_January_21
 

This morning I went up to the rat barn early and checked for floods and the usual rodent stuff ...............I had to pack up a few orders for a small delivery to a local pet shop ............I want to get all my stuff done early so I can spend the day at the computer updating my Currently Available pages ...............I finally have been able to shoot some pics of my inventory DH Snow male breeding  my  "Paradox  Snow" boa 2003 ..............I love my new camera........the Nikon 5700 on a tripod rules!!!..............It makes taking pictures not such a pain in the ass again ............I'm sure this camera will "suck" in a year............. digital cameras become so obsolete "so fast"..............I came home to see that Pete Kahl is having a "sale" on his Piebald and Het Piebald ball pythons...........Nicaraguan slider...."Oh my God!!...........the sky must be falling"..............not to worry .............I trust Pete to find the "actual market value" of the Pieds for the 2003 season..............that's the thing about "following" the market...............if you get into a project nice and early.............you will easily make the big bucks that the originator of the mutation will make ............maybe not as much because you don't have as much stock?..............but the early bird does get the big dollar benefits" in this BIZ ...........I'm curious to see where the price on 2003 hets will be?................I will be selling them at $4,000.00 a pair ..............because that is what they should be.......as far as Pieds.............they will probably be $17,500.00 to $25,000.00 a pair .............maybe more on "high white" animals.....................if only everyone could be on the same page in this industry and hold the values of the best mutations high.............then it would be a perfect world.............and everyone who invests would make good DH Snow male breeding  my " Paradox  Snow" boa 2003money in return .............a happy customer will always come back when they are making good money on their investments...............and the breeder who "controls" that investment needs to always remember that .............investors do not like to see their stocks drop fast!!.............it scares the hell out of them...............and worst of all.............they loose faith. I always say that there are actually "professional ball python annalists" on the web who lurk in the classifieds and the forums.One of my prettiest yearling albino balls..............they watch all the breeders................and they start to paint a picture of who is a bone head and who isn't................who drops prices............who don't.............who always needs money for some stupid reason................and who don't ...............a true business person should never show they "need" money............its weak!........anyway ...............enough of the rant..............this has nothing to do with Pete..............it just seemed to fit.......so there it is........:)................On a much better note................this new Albino female that Christy, Kathy and I purchased together is getting a great response in the ball python world .............I have been flooded with emails and phone calls about what it is and where I got it...............and when will I have hets for sale ...............I will run down the story as I know it and try to make it quick ...........A guy named Randy Barr had this albino ball python...............my friend Christy seen it and thought it was "different".................she had been talking with Randy about the snake for a The New Albino female !!while..............she wanted "hets" from it if Randy ever bred it..............anyway...............she loved the snake ................I was sent some pics ................Randy wanted to sell it..........it was supposed to be a male ...................I seen the pics .................loved the snake...............so we paid Randy $4,500.00 for her and that was that.................end of story.The New Albino female !!...............and boy do I feel lucky to have her...........:).............Now as far as what I'm going to do with her?................I will be breeding a totally normal male to her, and hopefully make pure hets. Once we get some hets on the ground and start building a group.............we hope to prove this to be a new genetic mutation of the Albino ball python..................we have our fingers crossed...............as far as a name?..............we have not decided on it yet .................Tracy Barker has some albinos similar to our girl................not as extreme...............but they do look similar ..............The New Albino female !!..Tracy is using the name "Yellow Head" right now .................which I do like the name................but ours is much more than a yellow head.................so time will tell.................it sure is nice to see a new mutation pop up out of the clear blue..............it's pure ...............maybe it is two genes working?................maybe it is a morph that is also albino?.................who knows?..................it sure will be fun working the project though!...............Man!!!...........what a novel!!zzzzzzzzzz...........

Monday_January_20
  Today will be a busy day!.............Phil has off work today.............so the first thing we are doing is going up to the rat barn to finish plumbing one of Turtle's mouse racks..................and then we are loading them up and delivering them later on in the day after we leave the airport ...............After we have the racks done and loaded on the truck.............we will head back to the snake room and and do one last check on all the snakes before we head off to the Gaboon venomoidairport..............We got to the British Airways hub around 4 o'clock had to fill out a bunch of papers and get the boxes weighed ...............I was shipping to two different people in Turtle's mouse racksEngland.............one person got 12 snakes...........the other got 1 snake..........I did my last " fluff and check"on the boxes .................I put two 40 hour "grabber" heat packs in each box ..................sealed them up and sent them off................I sure hope everything goes OK..............I have had ZERO problems with British Airways so far..............so now we are all done with British Airways.............now it's time to go over to the Delta hub where I will be shipping off 4 snakes to a guy in Florida .............after all the shipping was done, we headed out to Turtle's place to deliver his two mouse racks......................so now he has 4 racks in his place................and he loves them!!................He took us inside his house and Individual mouse boxshowed us a Gaboon Viper that Peter Kahl had bought.............Turtle was keeping it at his place until Pete gets set-up for it...............it is a venomoid..................but it scares the hell out of me!!!...................They are gorgeous................but I would not want one in my place..........venomoid or not.......Close up of box and plumbing in the mouse rack........it ain't worth it!...............I finally closed the deal on that really cool "Black Backed Clown"................so I expect to have her shipped to me sometime in the end of the week..............I can't wait to see her in person..................this will be the first Clown ball I have ever owned.............I have two het pairs................and expect to produce Clowns this season...............I have palped follicles in both of my females...........so we will see!...........Come on Clowns!!!
Sunday_January_19
  The family and I went out for a big breakfast this morning..............we had to get up early to go pick up the kids from Theresa's sister's house. Now let me tell you about last night!..........We all ended up at the little tavern where we play shuffle board...............T and I got there and a few of our friends were all ready there...............but they were not looking very happy..........why?..............because we were not able to get to the shuffle board table............the place was packed...............it was Karaoke night!!!!..............we were totally bummed out............we all had been looking forward to having some drinks and playing shuffle board for hours. We all just "himmed and hauled" and really did not know what to do This is my HUGE double het for Striped Albino female.............I think she will produce again this year!...........leave?.........or stay?................so we decided to have some drinks and see what this Karaoke is all about.............we figured we would get some good laughs.............just about that time............the dude who was running this whole Karaoke thing was handing out these huge books of all the songs that could be used for the Karaoke machine....................so we all just laughed it off and said "there ain't no way!!!"...............well you know I had to look through the book and see what kind of songs were in there...............it was all mostly country and music that I consider to be pretty lame................but there were a bunch of Rock groups in there...................so I looked under "K" for The Hottest Band In The World!!!!!!!!!!!!!............KISS...........and sure enough they had it...............the two songs that interested me were "Cold Gin" and "Rock-n-Roll All Night"............so I told everyone that I was going to sing "Cold Gin".............they all said "no way"................and they were right.............I was scared to do it..................just about that time.................Big Lou shows up????????..............I couldn't believe it................so we were all having some drinks and feeling pretty good.............we ordered Lou a few drinks to get him loosened up...........I asked him if he wanted to sing "Cold Gin" with me...............he said "your nuts"................I knew he was feeling a little buzz...............so I said screw it................I signed us up to sing "Cold Gin"..This is an 01 "Lesser Platty" male breeding a very cool female from the "Goblin" line 2003..............nobody believed that we would go through with it................and Lou just kept saying that he was not going to go up there and make an ass out of himself...........LOL................anyway...............the time came and they called Ralph and Lou up to sing KISS!!!!!!!!!!!.................now remeber.............this place was singing all this Country crap and POP................so when they heard the beginning of "Cold Gin"..............they were going to crap!!!...............The song started and the words came up on the screen..............Lou and I belted out some bad ass lyrics..............it was awesome!!!...............the people were cheering us on and going nuts..............they loved it!!!.........lmao!!!...................we did so good and had so much fun that we ended up doing "Rock-n-Roll all Night" for an encore ...............I had a total blast...................so now I want to do the Karaoke and could care less about the shuffle board .........LOL...........After breakfast we all came home and did our own things..............I had to pack a bunch of snakes up that I would be shipping on Monday to England and Florida....................that took me several Close up of their tails........hours...............I had 12 snakes going to England and 4 snakes going to Florida.................and the temps. are COLD!!...............I took my time and packed everyone up real nice and cozy for their long flight over -seas .............tomorrow I will be going down to the British Air and Delta hub to send my babies off to new homes...............I always go to the airport with an "open box" in the winter time.................I do this because I like to put the heat packs in and do my final check just before I hand the package over to the airlines..........It's cold gin time againnnnnnnnnnn............yeah baby!!!!............KISS
Saturday_January_18
  Today Phil, Robbie and I are working on mouse racks for Turtle all day.............we have to stop by the dump and get rid of all the trash in my truck bed.............then we are going to get our propane tank filled...........we need heat!!!.................we keep the shop nice and toastie when we are working on rodent racks.......:)...............then we are off to the lumber yard to pick up our supplies for the racks................after today we will have 4 racks built...........2 have been delivered................so the one we build today will be # 4................hopefully we will get it done and have two more to deliver to Turtle on Monday..............After we finished cleaning the rat room yesterday we did some major rearranging of the racks we have.............we bought another Freedom Breeder rat holding system yesterday, we have two units now.................so to get the third one in the room we needed to shift some stuff around...................after doing it, we had way more room then we thought we had................it opened the place up really nice...............and it is better organized.................We have been very cold here in A Lavender Albino adultMaryland...............we have not had to use any heat in the rat room until recently.............we usually crank up the propane heater while we are in the room................but I don't like the propane running when we are not around.................so we hooked up an oil filled radiator to run during the colder months................it works great!!.............it is just enough to take the chill out of the room............we have exhaust fans that run on timers.................so when they come on............the heat gets sucked out of the room pretty fast..............but the oil filled radiator re-covers pretty well...............so it is all working out just fine ..............besides, .............thousands of rats produce quite a bit of their own heat in the room. I'm looking forward to playing shuffle board tonight ..............Theresa's sister has the kids................so we are expecting to have a great night!.............It is Theresa's aunt's Birthday...............and the entire crew is supposed to show up...............so it should be a blast!!..............hopefully Lou will show up?.................Lou is in hibernation mode lately............he's like a damn bear sometimes................but that's just Big Lou.........4 racks done.........4 to go
Friday_January_17
  Today is rat cleaning day.................I have not been up to the rat barn yet............I have been working on the site all day long.............it's 3o'clock now................I'm just about finished everything .............I had a ton of stuff to put up on the journal, that's for sure........... Robbie is up at the barn cleaning.............so I will be joining him in an hour or so............I talked to Phil and he has our new rat holding been on the truck................after work Phil will head out to the barn and all three of us will finish up and then lug that big rack into where it Two nice Piebalds and a Lesser Platty 02'sgoes............damn!!...............I took all phones off the hook today LOL..................but I'm going to plug them in before I leave................then I will turn off my cell phone............j/k...........:) My electrician was scheduled to come out to the rat barn today, but he cancelled because of the snow...............we need our electric up-graded out at the rat barn before summer time comes..............that way there will be no worries when we hook up our second swamp cooler and maybe an AC unit for the mice...............we ended up getting abPieds.........Lesser Platty and a Sweet Super Pastel.........all 02'sout 2 inches of snow today ...............schools were two hours late.............the gang and I will be going to play shuffle board tomorrow night...........I need it to.............this week was crazy busy for me............I'm done!!......Robbie, Phil and I will be building more mouse racks for Turtle tomorrow..............I'm off to the rat barn now..............Phil just called me, he is on his way!!................have a great weekend everyone!!!...............and thanks for all the nice emails telling me how you can't live with out my journal............:):)
Thursday_January_16
  Today is snake cleaning day..............we only have to clean the baby room and the yearling room though ...............I'm letting all the adult balls alone for a couple weeks to breed!! I This is a nice pair of "Reduced Pattern" ball pythons breeding 2003finished fine tuning all my shipping details for next week...............I had to drive down to the US Fish and Wildlife office to get pre-clearance on my shipments ..............I picked up Big Lou on the way and we had some lunch......:)............We seen Lou's owl in a tree just before we left............so it looks like Lou's owl may just stick around for good ...............unless Lou stops tossing it a small rat every night ..............which won't happen because now Lou wants to have a rat breeder rack at his house just to produce small rats for the owl..........LOL...............I got a lot of work done today in the Currently Available section This is a Striped male breeding a het Stripe female 2003................I snapped a bunch of pics of the het Axanthic and 66% poss het Axanthic VPI line that I have for sale............the 5 new pages are built and up on the web now ............just click on the Axanthic button in the RDR Captives section under Pythons.................it's like a maze LOL..................I love my new site...........it is so easy for me to manage and keep organized ...............I just have to have the time to sit down and do the work..................Phil stopped by tonight to swap trucks with me................he is taking my truckThis is my gorgeous Tiger ball female breeding a sweet Banded male........2003 down the road on Friday to pick up a new Freedom Breeder rat holding bin.............4 levels................we traded some rats and gave a few dollars for it............so now we will have three complete rat holding bins in the rat barn...............and we need it..............I don't like to crowd my rats..............It is starting to snow now.................they are talking about 1 or 2 inches...............I love it!!!More Snow!!
Wednesday_January_15
  Today is feeding day................This is Robbie's first day of "training".............it's time for Robbie to learn how to feed the collection..............I have a bunch of work to do today to prepare for my two over-seas shipments next week.................so Robbie will be able to take his time and learn the ropes with feeding the babies and the yearlings..............he has always helped us feed on Wednesday nights...............he asked for more ours and suggested that he start feeding earlier on Wednesday's...............so I obliged him and said we will try it Kyle bored..........LOLout..............it will work out nice..............once he gets in the groove he will be able to go to the rat barn and get all the feeders we need to do the ball python feeding. Robbie is getting better each week he works with the animals ...............I'm very lucky to have him..............it is hard to find someone willing to work with snakes full time................and even harder to find someone worth a damn..................so I'm really liking how this is working out..............I used to have time to do it all!!............but as my business's grow..............I barely have time to manage all the "hands on work", all the paper work and dealing with the customers............the snake biz can be overwhelming sometimes ........One of my Argentine sideneck turtles.......especially if your successful...............and I ain't complaining one bit!!.............Thank god I have Fat Ass to work the construction company!!..............The Construction Company, Snake Biz, Rodent Biz...............and all the paper work and customers to go with it..............yeah baby!!!!!!!!!!!!..............what a life!..........:)................I guess all those years I had to take Ritalin in school are starting to pay Ice on the screen I use to protect my pond in the falloff?..................Anyway.............I'm on the phone with British Airways and US Fish and Wildlife getting everything in order to send out to England next week.............CITES work is hard!!.........a lot goes into shipping snakes out of the country ..............I'm just glad that I can ..................Tonight we will be heading back to the rat barn to load up orders for Phil to deliver tomorrow.................Our new "Yellow Head" Albino female ate a small rat today.................so Robbie feeding is already paying off...................she was supposedly a mouse eater.............whoooooo whooooooo!!................I'm out...........zzzzzzzzzzzzz
Tuesday_January_14
  I hope you all seen Fear Factor last night..............they had a "frozen rat" challenge.............I loved it!!.............I met with a client this morning to go over some work she needs done in her house.................she wants wainscoting and crown molding installed in her dining The boss?room...............so we met today to look at some of the products available and make a decision on what we will be using to do the job..............I did get the job..........so I will post pics of the work when we are done..............after that I went over and hung a mirror for Theresa's mom..............I sent Theresa's mom down to my dad's furniture store to pick out a new bedroom set ..................she always watches my kiddies when I have to work on the weekends................so I figured I would do something nice for Brookeher...............yepper.............brownie points with the babysitting mother-in-law............yeah baby!! .............so she did pick out a really nice cherry wood set...............dad had it delivered ...............I had to hang the mirror.............so that's all done................I finished the day up by going down to Pete Kahl's place................I took him down some rat chubs and some small rats.................he traded me out 500 breeder mice for the rats I brought him..............I wanted to start out with some new groups of mice.................so picking up the 450 virgin girls and 50 boys will really get things cranking again in the mouse room..Mini-Me............I ended up going into the chat room for a while tonight...............we talked about how nuts the Forum has been lately...............and it has.................all I can say, is that it is password protected................if you don't like what your seeing ..............don't read it..........:)...............there are a great bunch of people in there...............I love you all........:)575 users...........and 80% of them lurk?
Monday_January_13
  Today I decided to break down and go buy a new digital camera ............I decide I would buy the Nikon Cool Pix 5700...............Lou and I went out and had some lunch.............we ended up at Circuit City where I found the Nikon 5700...............it was $1,200.00..............it is really nice ...............I bought a 256 MB ultra compact flash card with it too...........the card was Lou and Robbie.........$180.00...........it will store tons of good quality pics and it is fast!!..................so after lunch and buying the camera ..............I dropped Lou off at his house, he and Robbie were going to spend the rest of the day "cutting up" a Ford Bronco................Lou likes to sell Bronco parts in his spare time.......LOL.................so I sat in the truck for a while and read about my new camera ............I could hear Lou outside yelling at poor Robbie because they had lost the thingy that lights Lou's welder?????????.......they loose Lou looking for his stuff......lmao!!everything they touch practicly............they were looking all around for it...........and Lou was getting major attitude.................so I figured I would try out my Don't you do it!!!new camera .........:)..................Lou would be my first Subject...............the camera comes with a re-chargeable battery..............and it was barely charged...............but I did get a few pics of frustrated Lou!!.................Theresa plays volleyball tonight .............I have the kids..........Fear Factor tonight!!!poor Lou.......:)
Sunday_January_12
  The girls loaded up and headed back home this morning..............we had fun!!,,,,,,,,,,,,I really enjoyed the visit girls!!...............Robbie, Phil and I went up to the rat barn today to build a Mouse holder bin.......side viewmouse holder box and a rat breeder rack for ourselves................we needed something bigger to hold mice we want to grow up for feeders in ..................I had a bunch of pairs locked up this morning ............things are looking pretty good so far this breeding season .............I'm going to start palpating for follicles soon................once I see what's going on with the females ..............I will update my 2003 potential offspring page The inside of the mouse holder........ ..................getting back to the mouse holder bin..............it turned out really nice...............it is made out of cabinet grade plywood...............we coated the Nice handle huh.........lolentire thing with exterior polyurethane.......3 coats.............that way the urine won't soak into the raw wood...............it has a food hooper in the back ................ 5 water sippers on the side that are attached to a 3 gallon water bucket..............it is on wheels so that it can be moved easily...............it is 4 foot long...........2 feet wide and a foot tall.................it's sweet!!.............The next one will be even better.....:)
Saturday_January_11
  Well the girls made it into town safe last night..............they gave me a call on the cell phone when they got to their hotel room................the boys and I still had and hour or so in the rat barn.............so I told them to meet me at my place when we were through with the rodents.............we all ended up at my place around 9:30 pm or so...............They brought the Albino with them and some girls to breed him to, for our project..............Now I had known all along that this snake was very big...............and that Randy said that it was a male.............BUT...........that he had seen another male try to breed it?...............he even probed it and said that it was a boy ............I had my doubts and thought that it was going to end up being a big girl all along ................well........guess what .............I took it out of the bag and "rolled for peens"..............only to see no peens?.................yepper...............it's a girl!!.01 Lesser Platty bottom...........02 Lesser Platty top.........................so our beautiful new Albino ball python is a female.............not a male................I was a little disappointed............but not too bad...............she is really pretty and has great size to her ................she was deep in shed...........and you could still see how beautiful she was..................so I "ragged" on Christy a little for geing a "Chic Boner"................and we went down to the snake room and set the new girl up on some newspaper..............that was that.............We all went out for a Steak dinner after that..............Christy,Kathy,Big Lou,Robbie,Phil and I...........we "closed the steak Robbie the Robot......house"...............after that we all went back to my place and watched TV and played games up in the game room..............so that pretty much wraps up Friday night.............now it's Saturday................Lou, Robbie and I.............and the girls met this morning for breakfast .........after that I took them all to the local Dump...........lol...........I had a bunch of stuff in the back of my truck that I had to get rid of..............after the dump.............we all went up to the rat barn and showed the girls around a little bit.............they had seen my first rodent room at the old location..............but they had not yet seen my new "Rat Barn"...........after that we all ended up back at my place to look at all the snakes and "chit chat"..............the girls and I snapped some pics and talked about the ball pythons ................I had a customer scheduled to come over around noon to pick up a 2001 het Piebald male he bought from me................so he showed up and the room got even more crowded.............he seen the new Albino female that we got and loved it!!.................we all hung out and talked shop until I found out that there was an all new Bigfoot documentary on at 3 o'clock!!!!.............yeah baby!!!................so we all went up and watched the show on Bigfoot.............and let me be the one to tell you..............I live for Bigfoot!!!.............this show in my opinion set the record straight with the Patterson Film............they were able to enhance the old film enough to show her muscles bulging as she walked...............her breasts were there as big as day!!.................and then there was the world's best finger print expert saying that he would state his reputation on the fact that an unknown species of ape lives in the United States................so there you have it The gang.......Chad, Kathy, Big Lou and Christy hiding in the back.........folks................you just found out another thing I love besides KISS and Star Wars.................and it's BigFoot!!!..................after watching the show, which I did tape .......:)..........we all hung out some more and decided that we would go to the Sushi bar for dinner..................so that is where we went..................it was Lou, Robbie, Fat Ass...........the girls and I...............me and the boys love to Eat Sushi ( Phil hates it )...............and the girls were totally up to going .............we ate like pigs............all of us finished off the meal with an M&M................which at a Sushi Bar is a tiny little crab, cute as can be............we all ate one...........the entire crab.........shell, claws, little beady eyes............talk about a crunchy weird feeling in your mouth?...............it was OK............but I won't be eating any cute little crabs anymore.......:).................after dinner we all stopped by Big Lou's place to see his owl...........yep................Lou had been taking care of an adult owl that injured it's wing somehow??...................Lou lives in the water-shed area...........lots of woods!!!.............we hear owls at his place all the time...............but we rarely see one................anyway..............this owl shows up on Lou's back deck one night with a hurt wing..I love this 50/50 Piebald female..............it could fly a little...............but not far..................it stayed in a tree right behind Lou's house.................well Lou decided he would try and feed this owl.............he had Robbie bring home some live mice from our rat barn...................Lou tossed a mouse out on the back deck to run around................and sure enough.............the owl came swooping down and grabbed the mouse...................Lou has some great video of the owl in action................So after dinner Lou wanted us all to see his owl eat a small Big female "Blonde Pastel"rat...................we got to his house and he said that the owl would be outside up in a tree.................sure enough............that is where the owl was...............he was just sitting on a branch...............like he was waiting for Lou to come home and feed him. So Lou showed us all where the owl was perched................he told us all to be still while he went out side to feed the owl..............we all stayed inside and watched out of his glass slider door..................Lou put a small live rat on the railing of h02 50/50 Piebald female........is deck....................the rat started to explore the railings of the deck..............then BAM!!!...................down came the owl to catch the rat.................so Big Lou has done a great thing................he has helped the poor old owl get it's strength back and start flying again................I think it is totally cool.....................after all that.................we ended up at my place and watched Men In Black II...................talk about a total disaster..............that movie just flat out sucked!!!................I don't even want to think about it ever again.................MIB II was a total joke..........:(
Friday_January_10
 

I put all my pairs back together this morning ...........January will be hard-core breeding!!..............I finally found a Star Wars Trilogy " Special Addition" pin ball machine.........two guys came to deliver it this morning.............the company I bought the machine from only charged $70.00 for delivery?? ..............I told them that it had to be lugged up to the third floor...........they said "no problem".................so I was glad to hear that. Anyway ..........these two guys show up with my machine and walked up to the third floor to see where it was going.............they just about died.......LOL..............one guy was The machine!!20ish............full of piss and vineger................the other guy was older................he didn't want any parts of moving the machine up all the steps and around all the turns.............they managed to get the machine up the steps after an hour of huffing and puffing..............it was way heavy!!!................So now I have my KISS machine and finally the Star Wars machine I always wanted..........:)..............Kathy and Christy will be coming into town sometime tonight...........they are hand delivering our Albino ball python male that we bought together from Randy Barr..............I can't wait to see him!!...............after we worked out the deal on this albino .............Tracy Barker had posted some pics on Kingsnake off some albino ball pythons that she has, called "yellow heads".............the heads of her snakes are really cool neon/lemon yellow colored.................when I seen her's ............I knew that weMy little tree........:) had just bought something that may be very similar, ours has that neon/lemon mixed in through out the entire body...............so I'm excited.........Robbie,Phil and I are cleaning the rat room today.............it's gonna be a late one..............we will probably hook up with Kathy and Christy later tonight for dinner .............I hope all you "gore fans" caught CSI last night!!!.............what a show!............that was one of the best yet.................the poor chef got put into the meat grinder!!...............and when they took the grinder apart to get his elbow out................yeah man!!!!..............that's the kinda show you want to be eating spaghetti the whole time it's on........lmao!!!..............CSI ruled Thursday night!!

Thursday_January_9
  Cleaning all day today....................Robbie the Robot is really turning into a great snake keeper/helper ........tomorrow I will be putting all my pairs back together and keeping them together for two weeks no food!!................they all have had a very easy breeding season so far...Kim's Ghost/Hypo Pastel Jungle..........so now it's time to start getting things done!!..............I called the Adam's Mark Hotel in Daytona and booked my rooms for the Expo this August...........I can't wait!!!...........it's my most favorite show to do by far!!.......the show is August 16th and 17th.............We will be leaving to go down on the 14th...............and heading out of there on the 18th...........Kim Bell sent me some updated pics of her Hypo Pastel ( I believe she produced two this year ?) and what she thinks could be a Desert Ghost...............she has a really high contrast animal that resembles a Desert Ghost but I'm not really sure if it is................it's something cool for sure......This is Kim's adult  Desert with a normal looking baby and a  Desert baby,,,,,,,cool!.......but I'm not sure what?...................the babies from it are very high contrast...............but they lack the mother's colors ..............maybe they will mature into the mother's colors?..........maybe a baby Desert looks like this?..................who knows...............but they are interesting to say the least...............the fact that they did come from Mom and they look the way they do would mean that Kim is onto something genetically ...............I'm curious to see how they turn out and whereDesert baby....... the project goes ................knowing Kim.............she will be crossing it with something really cool next season ( Axanthic Kim!!! ).....I can't wait to see what happens from line breeding.................I want to thank all my friends out there who sent me Xmas cards and nice letters................I really appreciate the kind words and all the support!!!.............May you all be "hexed" with an outstanding year of breeding!!!................I think Christy and Kathy will be coming to visit this weekend..............they will be bringing me the male " morphed out super duper neon yellow " albino ball python that we "partnered" on.................I can't wait to see him!!.................you know what tomorrow is by now...................RAT BARN..........yepper...............maybe Christy and Kathy will get put to Desert baby after a shed and some meals.......work.........LOL................I'm sure they won't mind.............hell...........they helped me move furniture last visit........:).................We will be working on building more racks this weekend................and hopefully I will get some time to shoot more pics of my currently available stuff...............remember..............if you don't see it...........please ask!!......CSI tonight!!! FTP errors suck!!.......FRANK!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday_January_8
  Today was a bunch of paper work and web stuff................I'm slowly getting pictures of the snakes that I have on "The Big List" .................Phil gets off a little early from work today..................so we will get an earlier start on feeding all the snakes tonight.............I still have not put my breeders back together..............it has been way over a week since they were last paired up................I'm gonna feed them tonight and put everyone back together tomorrow morning ...............I'm slacking this year............all I want to do is feed them..........LOL............it will be OK though..............it's not the amount of breedings............it's the quality and most of all.......the Timing of the breedings................all is looking normal on the breeding end though .............I have a couple girls with nice sized follicles and many girls that are building them up and "laying cold"................this year won't be as many clutches as last year...............but I have said that before LOL..............The boas are doing really well too...............I have a huge albino female that is 66% poss het for Snow ovulating .............I hope she proves out to be het for Snow................I mated her to a DH Snow ................I had a nice stimulating conversation with Tracy Barker today............she is trying to get me to buy a" T positive" boa...........and I'm seriously thinking about it.............I have been itching to pick up a new boa mutation, and the T+ just may be the one?......I'm also thinking about a Motley Boa???..........hmmmmmmmmm..............that's not the only reason why she called though ( I hope )..........we discussed the ball python market and some of the bone-head things we see on Kingsnake's classifieds ............a little breeding chit Big ole' albino girl ovulating..........:)chat............and how, and I quote " Fabulous the VPI Snow is".........LOL.............right after Tracy hung up..............Colette Sutherland called...............Colette is very cool...........I think she used to hate me?......:)............her and I always have nice conversations about the ball pythons and who the "rod of the week" is??...............her and Dan are also big Survivor fans like me............so we have other things to talk about except who "the rod is".............today there was a big disturbance in the force............ I felt it coming........it's nice to be able to talk with the breeders sometimes and just vent among oursleves......... ......we are cleaning the snakes all day tomorrow.................and working on the web-site.............hi
Tuesday_January_7
  Schools were two hours late today............Robbie the Robot and I delivered Turtle's first two mouse racks...........it went smoothly and Turtle is very happy with his new racks...............he has been using individual mouse tubs and water bottles...............if I had to guess..............I would say he has a couple hundred water bottles to fill during the week..............how did he ever do it??..............he is loving the 2 gallon water bucket system now!..........The RDR Mouse Rack!!!...he works for Pete Kahl and also has a mouse business called "Three Blind Mice"................this guy produces tons of mice in his facility .............I can only imagine how much better he will do once the new rack system kicks in..............we finished the night off by packing rodent orders for Phil to deliver tommorw...............now...........what about CSI???.............50 clear tubs for breeding mice or birthing mom rats.what a lame bunch of dudes last night................all three were knocked out of the first round..............what a bunch of smack talking losers they were.................if you didn't see it............you missed out ................rarely does the show loose 4 people on the first challenge.........." how many inches of horse rectum can you eat in ten minutes?"............what a show!!!!..............and why does CSI Miami have Hummers?more field mice today???.......damn
Monday_January_6
  Schools were off for snow today...........I had to be at the airport early to shiPair of Ghosts breeding from the "Anery Line"????????????p out...........but I waited until I seen what the snow was going to do ..............luckily I was able to catch another flight later in the day once the roads cleared............all went well with the shipment made a few rodent deliveries today..............it snowed a little here and there all day..............Fear Factor and CSI Miami tonighterrrr.........
Sunday_January_5
  We got snow!!!!.......I'm totally loving all this snow we are getting this year!............Well...........I crashed and burned last night............a ton of us showed up at the bar to play shuffle board and hang out.............I had a few drinks and was kicking ass on the shuffle board table with my partner Bill...............and I ended up smoking an entire pack in 5 hours.............so needless to say............I'm a hurting pup today............and I deserve it...........Fat Ass was a champ!!!..............he did not smoke at all.........We laid around most of the day.............I bought "Undisputed" off of pay per view..............with Wesley Snipes and Ving Rhames.................talk about suck!!!!!!!!!...........don't waste your time.............it was funny seeing Peter Falk though.........he was the only one in the flick with any dialogue........Ving.........what's up with Pulp II??
Saturday_January_4
  This morning Phil and I met up early so we could take some stuff to the dump before we started building Turtle's 3rd mouse rack.........we had a bunch of empty feed and bedding bags and a bunch of scrap lumber to get rid of.......I have been catching wild mice in my basement for a few weeks now.............I don't know how they are getting in??........I caught two with peanut butter this morning??............three cats and a zillion snakes and I have a mouse Side view of the Mouse Rack problem??...........hopefully I'm getting close to the bottom of the barrel with these little peskers!!............We got another rack built today.............so now three are built...........two are completely plumbed and ready to be delivered ..........I'm jealous.............all the ones I use have whiteRDR custom mouse rack tubs............Turtle's racks have the clear tubs, that I have made, and I must say............I definitely like the clear tubs better..........it makes it nice to see what's happening in the box .............especially if there is a flood!!............we are all going out to play shuffle board tonight............Fat Ass and his wife Sandy...........and Sandy's sister Ginger .............Theresa and I, Phil and Robbin and Theresa's crazy family and a friend or two..............I'm sure we will have a blast..............and I'm sure I will have trouble NOT smoking...........:(what a turd...........
Friday_January_3
  Today Robbie started working in the rat barn at like 5 am in the morning???????...........he said he couldn't sleep........all he could dream about was rats!!............LOL...........I have a ton of paper work to do today.............Lou and I are going to the airport this afternoon to pick up the het Clown male I picked up from Tracy...............I did not put the patch on today.............I know I should though?.............I'm having a rough time the past two days with-out the One of my Pastel males breeding an Albino female........patch..............Well we picked up the het Clown male.............he's a beast!!.............he is a "99"............he looks like he will do the job nicely.............so hopefully we will see some baby Clowns hatching this summer!................I watched "Gold Member" last night on pay per view...............it was pretty funny.............I think Fat Bastard should get his own show!!!!...............I love everything about him.............I'm laughing right now thinking about him.............." gotta turtle ed' pokin' "..........anyway.................I had a cigarette today...............don't ask me why?..................I'm just a loser is all..............I feel pretty guilty about it too..............knowing that everyone expects me to quit and Fat Ass is trying as well.................yep........I'm a worm.......
Thursday_January_2
  Today we did our very first snake cleaning for the year.................the entire snake room got cleaned today.............I had to deliver some rodents earlier today.................I waited until it was time for Brooke to get off of the bus..............I took her to lunch at Burger King............then her and I went to the rat barn..............she waited in the truck while I loaded up a few live mice and frozen mouse pinks................we delivered them to the local pet shop R.D. Bowman's and Son's..............Robbie the Robot is in "deep cleaning mode"...........he did a wonderful job with all the snakes today...............I did a little follicle palpating ..............looks like my het Caramel Albino female is developing some nice sized follicles..................she was the very first girl to lay eggs last season............she did produce eggs last season................but none of them were Caramel Albinos..........:)...........I would say that more than half of my girls that are breeding right now are "laying cold".............they are preferring the cooler end of the cage............they are building up follicles.............so that is a really good sign..............I have some really cool "combo" stuff happening this year.............I have a huge albino boa that is 66% poss het for snow.................she was bred by a double het for snow male................she is ovulating this week.................I'm hoping she ends up being het for Snow................that will be really nice!............today is the first day that I did not use the patch.................I have been eating sunflower seeds like a chipmunk..............but NO PATCH!!!.............Fat Ass is going to quit smoking too.............he and his family came over last night to finally exchange some Xmas gifts..................He snagged one of my patches and put it on..................so hopefully it will work good for him too!!...............I did a lot of talking on the phone today.............it is getting easier for me..........but I still thought about a smoke while I was on the phone......................I bought a breedable het Clown male from Tracy today...............my het male had suffered damage to one of his peens.............and I have "yet" to produce a Clown ball................so I figured I better make sure I can cover the bases this year.............so hopefully my second het male will show up tomorrow................CSI tonight ...............repeat?..............Day # 8..........no smokes
Wednesday_January_1
  Well we made it to 2003!!!...............do you remember when you were a kid? ( I'm talking to folks my age now kiddies...........35 or older! )..............and you would day dream for hours about getting older...........and wondering what the heck you will turn out to be...........and will you even live that long?................well I remember back in the early seventies when I was 8 years old...............if you would have mentioned the year 2003 to me ...............I would have either thought I would be dead by then ................or.............. that would be when we all travel in and out of space and through time ...........I would expect to actually live STAR WARS in 2003!!!..........LOL.............it is really weird thinking back "way back when" .............heck...........I was 7 or 8 and listening to KISS................KISS, Star Wars and Planet of the Apes...............and I have been damn lucky .............I still have KISS, Star Wars is bigger then ever.................and the Planet of The Apes made a movie! ( and there will be more........)................and then my first pet ...............a white mouse that I named "grinder"...............mom bought him for me at a local chain store called Memco................Grinder was the beginning of me owning or caring for literally thousands of animals in my life ................I'm 35 years old ...............I have been going turtle hunting since I was 8 or 9 years old ..............yep..............I still like to walk around in the streams and swamps and try to find baby water turtles ................I owned a Herp shop...................I have kept and bred a ton of lizards and snakes................and I'm still at it.............I wonder if my kids will be like me??.................Brooke is 6 now................and she does show some interest in what I do..............but it is still hard to tell how she will develop...............Kyle is 2 years old and he shows a ton of interest in what I do............so time will tell how all this keeping and breeding of reptiles that dad does, will be passed on to my kiddies???.................Kyle Davis Reptiles???.............who knows..............but I'm sure my son will be my boss one day LOL.............:)..........OK.............now lets get back to the norm..............I separated all the breeding pairs this morning so that I can feed them all...............I will feed everyone up real nice today and give them ALL a rest until Monday morning.................Robbie, Phil and I spent most of the day together feeding the snakes and then going back to the rat barn to pack rodent orders for Phil to deliver on Thursday...........we all had a really nice time Tuesday night!!................I would say we had 25 or so people over , we had meat trays and a bunch of finger food ............steamed clams, steamed shrimp ..............oysters on the half shell...............and a bunch of yummy deserts..........This year Theresa decided that she was going be be the Bartender....................she went out and bought "The Bartender's Black Book"...................so that she could make and mix us all drinks...................and she did!!........her and Phil's wife Robbin made some really good shooters for all of us...................we had fun...............I seen bits and pieces of Triple X with Vin Diesel.....................what I did see looked pretty bad...............but I will have to wait until I get to see the whole movie with no interruptions................anyway...........Wednesday's are feeding day.................so that's what we did...................no hang-overs................but I did sleep till 11 am.....................today is day 7...............yepper...............7 days without a cigarette...........the patch has definitely helped curb the urge to smoke...............there are still times when I could die for one...............the PHONE.............it is majorly hard for me to answer the phone or talk on the phone with-out smoking................this has been the hardest part,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,the damn phone!!!.................but it is getting easier ...................I feel so much cleaner somehow???.....................I wish you all a great 2003!!!................Day # 7

 

 

 
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