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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......:)

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JOURNAL_JULY_2003
Tuesday_July_01
 

Paper work all day!!............I have a bunch of "Construction Stuff" to get done The little tiny Anole egg.........;)in the office today.........Theresa took the kids to the carnival last night...........they won three goldfish and an anole.............yeah!.............they were giving poor little anoles away as prizes?...............Kyle won the anole LOL................by throwing a wiffle ball into a glass bowl.........so when I got started this morning the kiddies told me that there were three bags floating in the pond with a goldfishKyle's little "Carnival Anole"......;) in each one...........and that there was a container in the kitchen with an anole in it??................so I released the goldfish in the pond.........then I went to check out the anole........it was in great shape.......I was surprised ...........a fat little female..............and the reason that she was fat is because she was carrying eggs!!.............with-in a few hours of me setting her up in a larger container...........she laid one egg...............I picked her up and could still feel a couple An over-exposed pic of "Karma"..........but I like the way it turned out.........;Peggs inside of her...............so I put " the egg" in the incubator..............we used to hatch out baby anoles at "The Green Iguana" ( my old pet shop )............they are the tiniest little things!!..............the eggs are the size of a green pea..........LOL...............so the kids were excited.............so hopefully the little egg will hatch out..............and she should lay a few more??........This is Vin Russo's killer male Lucy..........he calls it "Lucky"...........hey Vin...........Lucky has to meet Karma one day..........you know that don't you?........;).....leave it to Kyle to win a gravid anole at the carnival................Robbie the Robot is up at the rat barn finishing up cleaning today........we both agree that getting the rodents done at the beginning of the week was a smart move.......the barrel fan that I bought kicks ass!!...............it really improved the way the room feels ..............everything is much drier and the air is noticeably cooler................Mr. John liked the fan so much that he sent his son Mike out to buy twKarma on left and Lilly on right...........07/03/03o fans for their glass cutting shop..............it's the best $110.00 I ever spent ..............these things really move some air!!........I'm stoked!!..............Fatty and his kids met Phil, Robbin and I at the "Farm Museum Pond" later today..............we were trying out a new pond................and it sucked!!............it was choked up really bad with vegetation and muck!!..............so we packed it up and went to Mr. John's pond.............Karma on top of Lilly.........that sounded funky............didn't it?you can't go wrong there!!!................what a great place to catch fish and have fun!!................we fished till dark.............then we went to Denny's and had a late dinner.............Karma shed tonight!!.......I checked on her when I got home..............she was the first to shed in her clutch................she looks as white as snow!!...........she does have a pale stripe down her back............it is a "broken stripe"...............and it is an "off white" color...............like a dull white...............but not bright yellow like Lilly's stripe.....As you can see...........Lilly is going through some wild  changes...........:)........who knows what she will look like as an adult??..........ain't it fun!!!.....I was so excited to see how great she looked..............I set her up in her own cage right then and there ................tomorrow is feeding day.............hopefully she will take a rat pup on her first meal........;)...............I still can't believe that I have two white snakes in my rack system???............I will be getting pics of them side by side once little "Karma" catcI'm so happy to have two different mutations!!hes up to "Lilly" in size.................Lilly is a little piggie..............she is growing like a weed!!..........as you can see...............I'm trying something new with the journal.................Phil suggested that I start the month off at the top and work my way down...............it makes no difference to me.............some of you may have problems because you will have to wait for the whole page to Yepper................this is what it's all about folks!!........Lilly's "stripe" is very strange?.........it reminds me of dog's hair going the wrong direction??...........it's very faint...........kinda like it is see through??............I can't wait to see how she matures!load before you can read the new entries at the lower part of the page.............if there are any problems ...............please shoot me an email and I will go back to the original way I started..................:)...............I guess it all boils down to you remembering which day you left off on?.........................I'm sure all of you "hard-core RDR journal readers" have your own methods................LOL..................so if you do not like the change.............just drop me an email and I will change it back................no sweat.............damn tootin' fig nootin'

 
Wednesday_July_02
  Robbie and I fed all the snakes today..............we got a pretty late start..........it is 8:50 pm right now and we are just finishing up.........I had a bunch of baby balls hatch over night............so the kids and I set them all up on moist paper towels to shThe Hypo Mojave by The Snake Keeper..........normal on top.........Mojave on right...........Hypo Mojave on lefted this morning............I hatched out some more Clowns too......:)........het x het breeding...............this is my first year to ever hatch out Clown balls..............I worked on the web site most of the day until Robbie showed up with the rodents.................I got more work done on the "Birthing Records" page............I updated "The Big List", and the "Currently Available" page too...............take notice that on the Birthing Record page I have pics of the clutch "right after first shed" and the prices for the snakes in that clutch.............this is a quicker way to get exposure on the snakes before I get them set up individuThe Hypo Mojave's belly............sweet!!!ally and take individual pics of each one........all of the clutches listed on the BR page will tell you what is expected to be produced from that clutch.............so if you see a clutch you like................please drop me an email..............:)..............I have pre-sold many snakes this season already ..........I would like to thank each and every one of my customers who have bought from me over the years.............each year is better than the one before..............and it is all because of you guys!!.............;)............I want to send a "Big Congrats" out to Randy Remington.............Randy produced two Albino ball pythons this year from breeding a 66% poss het Albino male to a 50% poss het Albino female................two poss hets!!.................and he hit on it!!...........you just gave all the people who are workinGreg's "Pewter Pastels"............holy shit!!!g with poss hets more hope Randy..............Congrats man!!.............you deserved it!!...............I always have said the "poss hets rule"...............I have proved out my share of poss het females over the years........I have never worked with a male.............they both can pay off with hard work and some luck from the Ball Python Gods.......;).............also I would like to send out congrats to The Sutherland's.............they produced a hypo version of the Mojave ball..............and it is very neat looking..............way to go guys!.........and so soon!!...........The belly of that wacky little "cross" in Karma's clutch........and to Greg Graziani.............he bred a Pastel Jungle to a Cinnamon Pastel and produced two of the craziest looking ball pythons I have ever seen??.............I would assume that both of these co-dom type genes are compatible in a way where they can produce a "Super"( if it ain't a Super..............I'm scared to see the real Super )................who knows??...................Greg will have to get this one figured out for all of us..............he is calling the "combo snakes"................."Pewter Pastels"............it just goes to show you.....( and I'm guilty of this )...............even if a "morph" don't look like it is " worth the bucks"...............you never know??..............meaning that it being combined with something else could make a totally awesome new morph!!............Rock On Guys!!...............balls are so exciting!!..........Balls Rule!!
 
Thursday_July_03
  Robbie and I pulled rodents from cages this morning ( the snakes that did not eat )...........then Robbie started cleaning and I set up a bunch of new baby balls..............:).............I will be setting up new babies for months!!!............I ran out and got a bunch of errandMy bedroom as a kid...........all water turtles!!!s done today............we needed a bunch of supplies at the rat barn and here for the snakes...............you can never have too much soap and paper towels!!...........I ended up going to the local pet shop and picking up a small tank for Kyle's anole............it is starting all over again folks!!!...........it's like I'm going back in time now that my kids are getting interested in herps.............I thought I was done with lizards and tanks...............and worst of all ...........crickets!!!............I can see now that my kids will have way more stuff then I ever did............and that's because I can't say no............I love it allLittle "Karma" posing with a brand new clutch of Pieds...........they all just shed!!.............yepper!!!........;) too!!!..........I can see a huge aquarium collection in the future..........I'm sure the kid's rooms will end up looking like a zoo..............just like mine did as a kid................wall to wall tanks!!.........so I picked up a tank and a log and the fake plants.............the gravel and the damn crickets!!............I took all the supplies to the rat barn and came back to work with the snakes.............I set the anole cage up first thing...........it never gets old...........I love setting up herp cages...........I had a clutch hatch today that was very interesting.........from a female 25% possible double het for Snow " Jolliff Line ".............this female was bred last year to a DH Snow male " Jolliff".............only two of her eggs survived...........two Albinos hBrand new baby "Jolliff" Axanthics................:)atched from her clutch.............a pair...........and one was my "Paradox"...........so she proved last year to be at least het for Albino................so this year I did the exact same breeding............I wanted more "Paradox" Albinos......;)..............she produced four eggs............they hatched today.........2 Axanthics and two normals???..............yepper..............this female is actually a Double Het for Snow................she has produced both Albinos and Axanthics from two different clutches............but no Snows!!.............I think it is pretty bizarIs this Clown "wicked" or what?re that she produced Albinos her first year.............and Axanthics her second year...........it took two years to prove a 25% possible double het for Snow female...............but it's done..............she is a Double Het!!.............now maybe her third year she will show me a little "Jolliff Snow Ball ".........;)................I snapped some pics today of "Karma"..............I put her in with some Pieds that just shed ..................aside from her stripe..............she is as white as a Piebald..............I love her!!!..........and her eyes are "to die for"...........I also snapped some pics of a "wicked" looking I produced two Clowns in this clutch.......het x hetClown that just hatched.............I'm having one hell of a year folks...............can you feel the love or what???.................LMAO!!...........I just finished up ALL my paper work for the week..............so now I can enjoy the long weekend and not feel like I'm behind in everything ..............I will have baby balls to set up big-time after the Holiday...........who wants to come over and help me fill out record cards???............we can do it while we watch a movie or something...............Robbin!!!!!..............anyway.............it's been a great day...............Robbie has a few hours left cleaning............I'm pretty much done everything for the week.................all I have to do is put a few pics in the journal and I'm outa here!!!...............Have a great weekend everyone!!!..........Rock ON!!!.........oh yeah..........thanks for all the feed back on the journal.............I will continue to write it so that you guys can read it "down"........what a bone head!!...............Boners!!!!
 
Friday_July_04 **************** Have A Safe Holiday Everyone!!! ****************
 

I set up a few new clutches of snakes late last night, after that was done............I called Fat Ass and asked him if he wanted to go "night fishing" for crappie off of a bridge at Liberty Dam Reservoir...........he and I used to fish off of the bridge all the time at night when we were younger..........the bridge is about 30 feet above the water.............what you do is hang a lantern by a rope off of the bridge.............you lower the lantern all the way down to the water..............about 6 inches above the water.............this attracts the fish....;)...This is a really cool little aberrant ball python I just hatched......;).........So we went down a did some fishing with crappie jigs..............we didn't get to the bridge until 10:30 pm...........we got the lantern lowered down to the water and started fishing..........and sure enough...........the crappie were down there...........we started catching them right away.........it's neat to be fishing so far above the water..........the fish feel huge!!...........we want to get some crappie stocked up in Mr. John's pond............so we lowered a bucket over the bridge to get some water..........we were hoping that we could keep the crappie alive in the bucket long enough that we could catch a dozen or so and then release them in John's pond.............but it didn't work............the fish that we caught were starving for oxygen within a few minutes of being put in the bucket............so we released them............we need to get a nice "live well" with a water circulator and an air bubbler.............then we will be in good shape....;).............anyway.............we fished last night for an hour and a half.............we caught a dozen.............we released them all..............it was fun!!...........

This morning I got up and checked the snakes out............I had to dampen some paper towels for the new clutches that are in shed..............then the family and I packed up the truck and headed down to Big Rock..............Fatty's family and Phil's family were going to come down too...............we all cooked out...........we had pit beef and ham and all the cook out stuff you could eat................even had a generator down there so that we could slice up the meat.....;)....The first impression of this little guy is "Red"..........bring on the Kool Aid!!!!...........we played volley ball all day long..............it rained pretty hard for about 15 mins................enough rain at one time to make a total mess of the volley ball court..............but it was hot as hell...............a little mud wasn't going to stop us.............it actually felt pretty good!............we played and ate until it started to get dark................then everyone came up the hill to watch my Fireworks presentation .........LOL..............I had some great stuff this year.............the kind that go up in the air eleven hundred feet or so and burst across the sky.........the "real stuff".................it was a great time!!................:)

 
Saturday_July_05
  I got an early start this morning .............I was supposed to go herpin' and fishing at "Lake Bonnie" with Phil and Robbin today...........but they had other plans come up...............so I went over to Phil's place first thing to pick up a new part for our swamp cooler ..........I came home after that to shoot a few pics of the snakes that had just shed..........well wouldn't you know it?...........my Nikon 5700 was broke?...............yepper..............it kept saying "lens error"..........and it was acting all weird??..............this would be my third Nikon that has needed to get repaired............so I was pretty much screwed...............Fatty and Lou have my other Nikons.......LOL.........I gave them each one after I had them repaired .........Is this little guy cute or what!....I don't wait for the repair .............I just buy a new one while the repair is getting done............and that's what I'm doing today..........I'm going to buy a new 5700 and send the broken one back to Nikon for repairs...............it's only six months old, and it is under warranty .........I'm lost around here if I don't have a camera .............taking pics is a huge part of selling snakes on the internet.........So I went to Ritz Camera and told them that my camera was messed up and that I needed it sent out for repairs...............they had no 5700s in stock............but their other store did..............so I bought a new 5700 and it was going to be shipped to me in the beginning of the week..............I was cool with that..............I called Robbie the Robot and asked him to grab Lou's Nikon so that I could use it to snap pics until my neWhite bellyw one arrived.....:)...............four Nikons in three years!!!..............I love the cameras but I think they are too fragile.............and I'm to lazy to learn a new brand................so I'll just keep rotating them through the repair shop.................:)..........after I left Ritz I went up to the rat barn and loaded up my truck with all the stuff I needed to take to the dump.............as I was leaving the barn to head out to the dump, I seen Mr. John out at his garage.................so I pulled over and said "hello"..............he said that he wanted me to take him out on the Sea Doos today.........LOL.............I told him that I had a busy day.............I had to go to the dump............then I had to come back to the rat barn an repair the swamp cooler.................he said " we can run them in the pond"............I was like......"what?"..............he said "sure"..............we can run them down at the He's a "Keeper"pond".............so I said "OK...............we can do it after I get back"...............LOL.............Mr. John has a pond that is a little bigger than an acre............it's the same pond that we fish in all the time............if he was cool with it..............then so was I...............so I headed off to the dump ( big mistake )...............I got there and there was a huge line of trucks waiting to get inside..................so I got in the line.............lets just say it took me two hours to get in and out of the dump..............and it usually takes me ten minutes??...........it was such a nice day, I guess everyone was cleaning out their garages and getting rid of junk............the place was packed!!.............I finally got out of there and went back to the rat barn...............I repaired the swamp cooler as soon as I got there...........that went pretty smoothly.............then I went and told Mr. John that I was ready if he was...........so he hooked my Sea Doo trailer up to his farm tractor and took them down to the pond...............we got them unloaded and started buzzing around the pond like mad men!!..............it was crazy..............I would have never thought it would have been any fun................but it was..............it was like a race track.............and the pond was big enough that we could get the boats up to 35 mph................lmao!!...........then it happened..................Ralphie boy decided to take a turn a little too fast and BAM!!!.............yepper..................I crashed my brand new Super Charged boat into the bank...............and it was a bank with plenty of rocks and gravel................I knew I was gonna crash.............so I nailed the gas to try and turn.............I didn't react quick enough.............I hit the bank so hard that rocks the size of footballs went flying out of the pond and over the hill...............it looked like a bomb went off!!.........LOL...................I was fine.............the boat actually hit the bank and bounced off when I goosed it...............the boat seemed fine.............I just kept running it............we did get out and put all the rocks back into the pond...........LOL..............Mr. John just looked at me and shook his head..................LOL....................we cleaned up the rocks and gravel.............then we jumped back on the boats and tore up the pond some more!!.............it was a lot more fun than I thought it would be...............and Mr. John had a great time..........remember people...............it's all about biting cheese.........;)...........we had our fill of excitement for one day............we loaded the boats back onto the trailer...............that's when I noticed the problem..............I tore the crap out of the bottom of my boat........;(..................yepper................it was scratched and nicked up.................that I could handle...................but the real damage was done to the jet pump grate on the bottom of the boat.............the grate covers the intake............the intake is where the water gets sucked into the bottom of the boat.............then it gets pushed out the back..............this is what gives you thrust.................well the grate was smashed pretty bad.................yep.............so we took the boats up to the farm and hosed them off................I looked for more damage ....................besides a few scratched and nicks...............the boat was03 clutch # 60 with mom 07/05/03 fine...............I'll just have to order a new intake grate and replace the one I smashed.....;)..............I'd do it all over again too!!............now for my snapping turtle story.................while I was talking to Mr. John the first time ( before I left for the dump )............he was standing on the passenger side of my truck talking to me through the window...............he looked through the truck and past me into his front yard................he looked startled..............so I looked in the direction that he was looking..............and there in his front yard was a big ole snapper female bulldozing through the grass!!.................LOL..............I got out of my truck and grabbed her by the tail................I had too much stuff for the dump in the back03 clutch # 60.......6 eggs of my truck.............so I put her in a box and put her inside of my truck..............I let her go down at the pond when Mr. John and I went down with the boats..........;)................this is "snapper season" for sure!!...................I got ball python clutch # 60 today,,,,,,,,,,,,from breeding a "Peach Ghost" male to a "het" Anery female..................this het Anery female was produced by NERD............she has not produced any Anery's yet..............but she has produced some very pretty Orange Ghosts..................so I figured she would be a great mate for my "Peach Ghost" male...............this is the Peach Ghost male's first season breeding................there is a pic of him on the Birthing Record page under clutch # 60's listing................he is very pretty..........:).............I finished off the night by getting my 2003 master inventory page up to date..............this is a spread sheet that has each clutch from the season listed on it............the mom and dad..............how many egg03 clutch # 60........6 eggs........from breeding a "Peach Ghost" male to a Het Anery females................what hatched............and the numbers for each snake in that clutch..................it makes it very simple for me to know exactly what I have at all times.................I use it to cross reference my "mutation inventory"...............the mutation inventory sheet has all the babies listed in order as they hatch, of each mutation I produce from each season.................as they sell...............I just mark beside them who bought them................it's very easy to look at this sheet and see the current inventory at a glance...............anyway.................that was my long Saturday!!................Damn Snappers!!
 
Sunday_July_06
  Everyone was too hung over and tired from Friday's party to do it again today............:)................( not me )............so Theresa, the kids, T's mom and I all packed up the truck.............we loaded up the Sea Doos and we went boating up at Raystown Lake................Damn Right!!...........the place was packed...............there were PWC ( personal water craft ) and boats all over the place.................the lake had white caps on it???...............it was nuts!!.............we ran the boats around the lake.............went swimming on the beach...........picnicked...................we had fun!!.............the water was so rough from all the boat traffic that we couldn't even run the boats "wide open" ...........as soon as you got some good speed going................a wave would knock the crap out of ya..............besides the rough water................it was a fun time.......;) Bite Me.........;)
 
Monday_July_07
  Today is Theresa's and my 12 year anniversary...........;).............yepper...............married in 1991............we have been together since 1984!!!.....Holy Cow!!!......This morning the kids helped me set up a bunch of new baby balls in individual cages...........I wanted to see what my six year old daughter could do for me..............so I told her how to set up the 03 clutch # 61 with mom 07/07/03new baby boxes.........she did a wonderful job!!.............I was so impressed with her work............I told her that she could start working a few hours a week for me if she wanted too...............she wants extra money...........she already loves to go shopping with her mom............Kyle helped too............but she said he slowed her down......LOL..............it's really nice to know that I will be able to let my03 clutch # 61......7 eggs kids help out with the work that needs to be done.............after she got all the boxes done ( putting mulch inside, a water bowl and filling the water bowl )..............she cleaned out a bunch of dirty water bowls and baby snake tubs..............she worked at the sink like a pro!!..............I thought this was going to be a very short session .............I figured she would just quit and say "this sucks"..............but she didn't.............she did all the work and did not even ask me any questions.................she said she knew what to do from watching me do it all these years.............I'm totally down with that!!........;)...............so she got all the tubs set up for me and then she started doing her work at the sink..............Kyle and I started sexing all the new babies and drawing their "p03 clutch # 61........7 eggs......from breeding an Albino male to a het Albino femaleattern pics" on the back of their record cards ...........actually Kyle just handed me each snake as I needed it.............he was watching me pop each baby............so then he started trying to do it..............it was hysterical...............Kyle is three years old...............he actually got one of the baby males to roll its peens out!!.........lmao!!.............it had to be luck!!........so we got all of our work done with the snakes................then we went to the car wash to wash off the Sea Doos..............they were pretty dirty from being at Raystown yesterday................we got out of the water just in time too..............I nasty storm came through as we were loading up the boats to leave.................and it rained the entire way back home...............so the boats were covered with road muck!!..............so we washed the boats............then we went up to Mr. John's place and 03 clutch # 62 with mom 07/07/03unloaded them in the garage.............Robbie was there in the rat room cleaning the rodent cages...............after that, we went to the Sea Doo shop and ordered a new intake grate ( to replace the one I smashed up on Saturday......LOL ).................then we went to "Boater's World".............I needed to get some new ropes and an anchor for the new boat................the kids were great!!..............I even fed them while we were out.........LOL................Theresa always thinks I will let them starve when they are with me...................we came home and Theresa had a nice home cooked meal on the table................yepper..............she felt like cooking for our anniversary..............we don't eat at home very often.............so when we do............it's a huge treat!!........03 clutch # 62.........4 eggs...Theresa is a great cook................she just works her ass off during the week at the Hair Salon and has no time to cook.........after dinner Theresa and I sat down at the table..........I asked her if she would give me a hand filling out a bunch of record cards for the new baby balls..................she said "sure".................so I showed her how I do it and we got a bunch done..............her's look so much better than mine too................a dude's hand writing just sucks!!!...............That was a big help!!................it takes me hours to get the cards done...............but they are very necessary to do...............there is zero "guess work" when each03 clutch # 62........4 eggs.......from breeding a DH Snow male "vpi" to a female that is 100% het for Albino and 50% poss het for Snow ( axanthic vpi ) snake has an identification card.................I got ball python clutches # 61 and # 62 today.............clutch # 61 was from breeding an Albino male to a het Albino female............7 eggs................clutch # 62 was from breeding a Double Het Snow male "VPI" to a female that is 100% het for Albino and 50% poss het for Snow ( vpi axanthic )...................this is my third and final clutch of this type of Snow breeding this year..............I should hatch out some more VPI Snow Balls this year with some luck........;)...............I'm hoping!!.................I put the poor kiddies through a lot of work and driving today.............they both "zonked out" early.............Theresa thanked me for that.........;)..............Brooke was awesome today!!
 
Tuesday_July_08
  The first thing I did today was set up clutches # 61, # 62 and # 63 in the incubator ..............sometimes if I'm very busy I will let the mom sit on her eg03 clutch # 63 with mom 07/08/03gs for a day or so.............this is not a problem..............but I do not like to make a habit of doing it.............I know maternal incubation probably makes the snake "feel better"............but it is too risky for me...........I prefer mechanical incubation..............the quicker I can get the female feeding again............the better I feel........:).........I think some people maternally incubate because they enjoy the " time off ".................mom doesn't have to be fed or rea03 clutch # 63.........7 eggslly cleaned for 60 days while she is on her eggs...............all she needs is some fresh water...............damn.........67 clutches means 67 less cages with big piles of poop inside each week!!.............hmmmmmm................and no incubator room............hmmmmmm..............I don't think so...............I'll leave that for "Mr. Glove"................LOL..............anyway.............I got the eggs all set up.........then I set up some new hatchlings in tubs so that they can shed............and then I sat my ass in the office and started paper work............I have a ton of construction stuff to get done this week..............and lots of BILLS!!.............clutch # 63 ( laid today ) was from breeding a Striped male to a het Striped female................7 eggs...............man I can't wait to hatch out some baby Striped03 clutch # 63.........7 eggs.......from breeding a Striped male to a het Striped female......;) ball pythons this year!!.................which reminds me...............I hear AND see that there is a well know breeder out there who has 2003 het Striped males for sale for $2,000.00 each..............they are advertised at that price..............so all you "bargain hunters"...........go get yourself a nice het Stripe male for $2,000.00...........hurry up and produce as fast as you can too.............if you don't.............then you'll miss the entire "poss het market" for the Stripes at this rate.................all I can say is that this price is totally ridiculous?Brooke helping me set up a new baby rack for ball pythons......??................this is a brand new mutation............it should be respected and valued high...........the potential of the Stripe gene is awesome!!.........who in their right mind would think the price could slip so fast and so far??..............I ain't naming names............but I'm sure I'll get the emails...............like I am now..............you see............Ralphie stays very well informed by all of his loyal ball python loving freinds...............we are all on the same page.............so usually what concerns one of us...............will concern us all.........many things get brought to my attention in the Ball Python World........Putting mulch in the tubs............most just go away...............but when respected breeders do stupid shit in the business................it really makes me wonder??...............I feel like all the big breeders who are established at this time should all be in the same price range ( we all have our own customers anyway )...............let the smaller breeders coming up, be the ones who charge less for their snakes...............they can do the "least" amount of damage............a so called "Big Breeder" is the one who can damage the price of a mutation...............that's why you will never see mutations priced cheap here at RDR.................NEVER!!..........I'm still dying to know whwhoops........:)ere in the hell it is written that each mutation has to "tank" a couple thousand dollars each year??..............this is just flat out stupid!!!.............it's supply and demand...............I sure as hell don't see a huge supply of het Stripes anywhere???....................so why tank the price on them??................it kills me............be as pissed as you want to be.............what a bone head move??...............unreal.................so anyway.............I got that out of my system................if I'm lucky...............this clutch will hatch and I will produce some Stripes................no "hets" this year folks...............I wish I could have made some though...............hell...............they will be $2k a pair next year by my calculations??............just go away!!!..............Robbie is up at the rat barn finishing up...........he has Lou's son Chris with him helping out..............we are trying Chris out to see if he can "hack it"........;).........I was working at the desk today and the door-bell rang.................it was a truck driver at the door..............he had his rig Filling the water bowlsparked out on the street..............he had Kyle's new race car bed!!..............so to keep everyone on the street from getting pissed off at the big rig parked in the middle of the road..............I told the guy to drive down to a side street and I would bring my truck down to get the bed.............so I stopped what I was doing and loaded up the bed...............it's a pretty cool little bed to.............it's a red race car.................Kyle has his own bigger room now................so T has been buying furniture for it..................the bed was the first piece to be delivered...............and it needs to be assembled!!.................lucky me!..................yes I'm in a very pissy mood today.............my cable modem stopped working AGAIN.............for some reason my house has lost it's signal strength..................so I don't have a strong enough signal to make it to my computer .............naturally the cable company can not come oyeah......."Gump" tried to help.......ut till the 21st!!!............so I called my buddy Jeff to come over and see if he could come up with a way for me to get signal..............he moved my modem closer to the main line of cable that comes into the house.................and sure enough..............it works.................so now my modem is hanging off of the wall where the main cable line is..................I have a 50 foot USB cord running across the floor from the modem to my PC................it looks lovely!!...............but it works...................our signal is so bad here that none of the pay channels will come in on the TV either .............we're dying over here!!!...............damn I hate it when things don't work...............and then you try to call somebody to get help...................forget about it..........being on hold sucks!!!!.................then when you do get somebody................they are clueless to what the problem is....................why??................because they are "level one" tech Sliding the tubs back in as they are done.............:)support................anyone one of us could be "level one".........LMAO!!!...............what a damn day.................what a nice rant................and yes I'm still pissed about the het Stripe price..........act like a Big Breeder!!!!...........Phil came by this evening..............he and I went down to Turtle's place to pick up some mice..................then we came back up to the rat barn and loaded up some rats................that be that........very long day........................I'm a total grouch right now!!..........I swear I could make a living off of Ball Python Politics!!.....for the record..................03 het striped males should be priced at the very minimum of $4,500.00 each ...............whether they sit on the shelf or not.............hell a 66% poss het male could bring $750.00................there are none!!!..............this market is young!!..........stop shooting us all in the foot already...........DAMN BONE HEADS!!!!...................Where is that "Rod of the week" page when I need it??
 
Wednesday_July_09
  Robbie the Robot fed the entire place today..................:)..................while Chris and I cleaned out my pot belly pig pen................yepper...............it's that time again..........the pig pen is aprox. 12' x 15'........it has 6 or 7 inches of mulch as the base..........Mr. John was nice enough to bring his dump truck over this morning so that we could shovel all the pig bedding and poop into it...............I have a guy across the street who takes the used pig bedding.............he mixes it into his vegetable garden..............he says his tomatoes never grew so good...I snapped a quick pic for someone of a Lavnder Albino adult.............yepper........;).........:).............it took us most of the day to get the pen cleaned out and ready for new mulch............Mr. john came over and drove the dump truck over to the garden where I dump the bedding...............then we went to the landscaping place and had three yards of mulch loaded on the dump truck ..............spreading the new mulch is the easy part......;)................we had that done in no time............so now the piggies are all nice and clean for another year...............I change out their pen once a year...............pot belly pigs are very clean animals...............they poop in one corner of the pen..............and they are on a special formulated diet............being on this type of special feed keeps them from smelling bad..........a dog smells more than the pigs do............after we got the pig pen done.............I helped Robbie finish up some of the feeding..........we doubled up a bunch of females who are eating like there is no tomorrow............then I went and worked on updating the Birthing Records page...........I got a bunch of my emails answered while I was working on the web site................one of the emails was from Brian Barczk...............from BHB Enterprises................he sent me a pic of a really cool " mutated version" of his Pinstripe ball...........he has been producing Pinstripes for a few years now.............he bred a Pinstripe to an aberrant ball python............one that he though looked really cool and could possibly be " genetic".................well it sure was............he produced a "cross" of the two BHB's new aberrant Pinstripe ball..........what will he call it?mutations...............the Pinstripe and what ever the "other" weird mutation was??...............I think this new snake looks very "earthy"..............I really like the way it looks...............it almost reminds you a little of other mutations "pieced together"...................sweet snake Brian!!.........now send me my damn Pinstripe male so I can get to work!!.........;)..............that's about it for the day...............I worked in the pig pen barefoot...............yepper................and I'm paying for it..............my feet may take a month to come clean.........LOL.................what a hick!!!!..............Boy...........you look just like a hog...........
 
Thursday_July_10
  Robbie got here this morning to pull all the rodents from snakes that did not eat over night.............then he went into cleaning mode!!...........I set up some new baby ball pythons and then it was off to run errands ..............I had to run to the camera shop and get my rebate info for the new Nikon I bought............Nikon is offering a hundred dollar rebate on the 5700 model...............then I went to the dump ( again )...............after I cleaned the pig pen yesterday .........I was still in a cleaning mood.............so I loaded up a bunch of crap that had been laying around the garage .............I love going to the dump................it makes me feel "cleaner" somehow as I'm leaving.................don't ask me why??..............it just A clutch that just hatched from my Reduced Pattern pair...........now these guys rock!!does.............LOL.............and I was "in and out" this time...............the way it should be.............I had some people from Virginia order a bunch of the tubs that I have molded for the rodents, and a bunch of watering supplies.................so I went up to the barn and got their order all organized and ready to deliver...............they are coming to pick up the stuff on Saturday...............310 clear mouse tubs!!..............and a ton of watering supplies........;).............after that I went down to the Sea Doo shop and picked up the parts that I ordered earlier in the week...............then I came back home to do the weekly payroll ..............Fatty needs his check!!............he and his family are going to Ocean City for the week-end............Friday through Sunday...............Mom has some friends in from Florida visiting for ten days.........they used to live here and they wanted steamed crabs..............you can't get good steamed crabs anywhere but in Maryland................so Mom bought a bushel of crabs and we all went over and ate them last night..............we stuffed ourselves!!................I got some more work done on the Birthing Records page...............I'm doing a pretty good job at " keeping up with it"................I have produced 63 clutches so far.............4 more clutches to be laid!!............then I'm done for 2003...........67 clutches should be the grand total for this season..............have I mentioned that I'm taking next season off??..................LOL..............I may not take "off"................but I'm definitely not producing as many clutches as I did this season..................damn!!..........Karma is doing wonderfully..............she is eating rat pinks!!...........her and Lilly both are very good feeders.............I'm very happy about that.................fatty is at the beach!!
 
Friday_July_11
  More babies to set up this morning ...............I have baby balls coming out of my ears this season!!...........I finally filled all the boxes that Brooke set up for me earlier in the week.............what a great job she did........;)................Robbie went up the rat room today and watered buckets..............then he came here and finished up about a half hour worth of work.............he is done!!.........he likes working a long day on Thursday so that his Friday's are open...............LOL.............I told him not to get too used to it............I'm gonna need him on Fridays for sure once all of these babies hatch......;)..............I have the Birthing Record page updated as far as I can go with it.................I went back in and entered all the ID #'s for each clutch today............that way the Birthing Record page matches my inventory page spread sheet..............I also put "Karma's" pic up on the RDR home page........Can you say "banded"............these guys are extreme!!........yepper..............I'm so happy to have hatched her............it's finally starting to sink in as to how special she is...............:)..............I'm done with all my paper work for the weekend................I'm just finishing up all the text for the journal..........I have had peace and quite all day.............the phones are unplugged.................the wife and kids are out for the entire day................and Robbie has completed all his work...............I can get a ton of stuff done when I'm not interrupted.............and Friday is usually the day I try to get all the stuff that takes concentration done..............yes I can concentrate sometimes........;P............Tomorrow Phil and I will get the intake grate put back on my Sea Doo...............then we will probably go fishing??..................who knows................I'm outa here folks!!............have a great weekend!!................Rock On!!...............And never let your meat loaf..........:)
 
Saturday_July_12
  I had the kiddies today........:).........they helped me set up some new baby balls in the morning..........then it was time to get packed for our vacation to the lake this coming week...............we leave tomorrow..........:).............My family and a bunch of Theresa's family all go to Raystown lake for a week every year.........we have a blast..............Corey Wood's new little Orange Ghost Pastel!!..........nice work Corey!!.we camp out, water ski, ride on a big blow up tube behind the boat, race the Sea Doos............and jump off of high cliffs!!..........that's my favorite!!..............Fat Ass and his family and Phil and Robbin will be coming up for a few days too. Between all of us going.............there will be two ski boats...............my two Sea Doos.............and Phil is bringing his Sea Doo too............we should have a great time!!.............Congrats to Corey Woods for producing a "Pastel Orange Ghost" this season.........I know of two produced by the Bell's and now Corey's..........I can't wait to see a Caramel Albino Pastel now.........it will be awesome!!.............I'm outa here!!!Nice Job Corey
 
Sunday_July_13
  Wouldn't you know it?...............I'm all packed up ready to go............I went down and checked all the snakes to make sure everything was cool for the week..............and I hav03 clutch # 64 with mom 07/13/03e two female balls laying on eggs!!................yepper.............so I had to hurry up and get the clutches photographed and then get them set up in the incubator .............I was hoping these two females would hold off on their eggs till later in the week............Robbie the Robot is staying at my place and taking care of everything while I'm gone...............I told him to check on these two females for eggs..............I was just going to let him moisten the shredded cypress m03 clutch # 64........3 eggs and 2 slugsulch around the eggs once they laid............that would be fine until I got home.............but they laid this morning............:).............it's better off this way...............but I'm trying to get out of here!!!.............so anyway..............all the snakes are fine...............I set up ball python clutches # 64 and # 65..............# 64 was from breeding a pair of Ghosts together..............3 eggs..............this pair of Ghosts come from my het Anerys that NERD produced..............so I would expect more Ghosts...............maybe an "Anery / Ghost"???????...............who 03 clutch # 64......3 eggs and 2 slugs.......from breeding a pair of Ghosts that are "poss het for anery" together.......???knows?..................:)................clutch # 65 was from breeding a Pastel male to an Albino female...............6 eggs............this will be a really cool project............it will be very interesting to see what an "Albino Pastel" or a "Super Albino Pastel "looks like...............and how the color will look as it matures................so I got two pretty exciting clutches this morning................I said " bye " to my piggies................fed the turtles..............did one last check on all the snakes, and down the road we went...................LATER!!!!I'm leaving now...........;)
 
Friday_July_18
  Well we had a Kick ass time this week................we all loaded up our gear and headed back home this morning...........I was ready too.............my body feels like it was hit b03 clutch # 65 with mom 07/13/03y a truck............all the Sea Dooing and water skiing................and "cliff jumping" really does a body good.....;).........There is this one cliff that I like to jump off of...........I have been doing it for years.............it's about 20 feet off of the water............well further down the lake we found a new cliff to jump off of.03 clutch # 65.......6 eggs.................and this one is about 40 feet off of the water.............lets just say I wore out my welcome on the cliff...............and my ass is paying for it now.............I hurt!!.................but man was it fun!!..............we all had a great time...............Phil and Robbin came up for three days...............Fatty came up with his family for one day............we had ZERO rain..............we already signed up for next year!!...........We got home and Theresa started doing laundry............and man was there a pile of it to do!!.............but not from me........03 clutch # 65...........6 eggs from breeding a Pastel Jungle male to an Albino female.............this makes Pastels het for Albino......;)......I wore the same swim trunks every day.......LMAO!!............. I washed the Sea Doos..............after that...........we were MUD..............I checked on all the snakes and the rest of my critters.............everything was fine while I was gone...................Fatty and Robbie the Robot held down the fort nicely......;).................Thanks guys!!! It's good to be home!!
 
Saturday_July_19
  Phil came over today to help me get caught back up on all the work I had to do after our vacation.............we had tons of new snakes to set up individually.............so we g03 clutch # 66 with mom 07/19/03ot all the new baby boxes set up.............then we packed up a bunch of snakes for me to ship out tomorrow morning ( 4 boxes!! )..............this is the first time I ever shipped snakes out on a Sunday ( Delta ).............I'm sure it will be a nice drive to the airport..............NO TRAFFIC!!...........we also moved a bunch of stuff " up "...............it was time for a lot of my yearling ball pythons to03 clutch # 66............8 eggs be moved into bigger cages...........I have been putting it off for too long..............so today I got it all done..............we worked a very long day and got everything done..............all the new babies got set up...............all the snakes got packed for shipping out..............and all the yearling balls got bigger cages ( now they will stop eating.......yepper...... )..........it never ends!!........I had the kids all day too............they were very good...............Brooke is at the age where she can occupy Kyle very well................so that helps when I have a lot of work to do..............besides............I pay her.......:)........Theresa, the kiddies, Phil's wife and daughter all went to the local carnival tonight while Phil and I finished up our work................they brought us back some carnival pizza...............now I don't know if any of you guys know this..............but Carnival Pizza is the best damn pizza on the planet!!!................I love the stuff!!................I'll take a cheap ole carnival pizza over any other pizza any day of the week..................Damn Right!!...03 clutch # 66..........8 eggs.........from breeding an Albino male poss het for Snow "Jolliff" to a het Axanthic female "VPI"...................so that was that..............I know it has been pretty boring reading material this week.........it will get better once I get caught back up with these little ball pythons!!!........I did get ball python clutch # 66 today...............more work!!.......LOL.................8 eggs from breeding an Albino male that is poss het for "Jolliff Snow" to a VPI het Axanthic female................at worst case I get babies that are all het for Albino and 50% poss het for Axanthic ( VPI ).........best case.........the albino is also het Axanthic ( Jolliff ) and both the VPI and Jolliff Axanthic gene will be compatible?...........never hurts to "keep dinking"............;)do you dink?
 
Sunday_July_20
  After being with everyone at Raystown all week................we still all showed up and played volley ball today..............I guess we weren't sick of each other yet?........: ).............we had some great games............after that I went up to the rat barn and watered the buckets.............Robbie had off today.....;)..................then I came home and put a coat of wax on the Sea Doos.................zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..........zzzzzzzzzzzz?
 
Monday_July_21
  Robbie the Robot and his new helper Andy met me at the house this morning..........7 am!!........damn!!,,,,,,,,,,,,We had to go to the local feed place and pick up 20 bales of pine shavings...............today is rat cleaning day and we ran out of shavings last week.............I get shavings and rat food delivered every two weeks out at the rat barn..............they are late with my order, and we need to clean today..............so we went and got the shavings locally ............I don't like the shavings that the local place has at all.............they are too big and chunky!!..............the stuff we have delivered is really nice and soft...........I cSome of Fatty's handy work.........this is 4 pc. crown molding around a stone fireplace mantel............notice how the 1" by is scribed around each stone..........nice work Fatty!!ould see myself making a nest in it........LOL............so we loaded up and went to the rat barn............Robbie and Andy ended up getting the entire room done in a day..............that was awesome!!......Andy was a huge help...........it usually takes Robbie two full days to clean the room............I left the rat barn and went to get some errands done.............Lou and I met up a few hours later............he and I went up to the rat barn to flush out all the water lines on the racks and disinfect the water buckets...........we disconnected each bucket and took it outside to be scrubbed out and rinsed off.............and believe me when I say...............those buckets had some serious gunk inside of them............"rat cheese"...............nasty stuff.............that's why it is important to keep your lines and buckets clean..............before you know it, the gunk will build up and you will have clogged water lines and sippers...................so Lou and I got half of the room done............I made a hose fitting that screws on to a garden hose ...........basically condensing the garden hose line dowMore of Fatty's work............"picture boxes" going up the steps..............sweet!!!n to a 1/4 " water line ( super high pressure it makes )..............I attached the 1/4 inch line to the main supply line on a rack...............then I remove the last sipper on a level...........turn on the hose and "HOLY CRAP"............the high pressure water blows all of the gunk out of the lines into a bucket I have waiting at the end................we did this for each level.............it worked like a champ!!!...........the stuff that was coming out of the water lines made you want to "Ralph".......... it all comes with the territory............rats are "gunky".........It felt good to get such good results from my "invention".........LOL..............then Lou's dad called..............he was all upset because his male pot belly pig had it's tusks caught in the fence.................so Lou and I hurried up to go help the piggie....;)...............we got there and the pig was fine.............Lou's Dad's next door neighbor came over and got the pig released...............and she is only ten years old..............this is a three hundred pound piggy.............I was pretty impressed that this cute little girl went in and helpedLOL..........me back in the olden days............dressed up Like Gene Simmons.....;) the piggy out.............I know my male piggy ( Razor ) would have been going ballistics!!!.............It would have been a job for me to have to have done that...............she was proud of herself too........LOL..............Lou was scared to death............he wanted no parts of messing with the piggy..............my male Razor tries to bite Lou every time Lou comes around............so Lou don't like Pot Belly pigs very much.......;)...............anyway...........all was fine...............so we headed back up to my place...............we got half of the buckets and water lines done.............and Robbie only had a few more hours until he was finished cleaning..............Phil and Robbin came by my place after work..............Phil decided to buy a Super Charged Sea Doo today............he had all the paper work done over the phone earlier in the day............so we all went down to Cycle World and picked it upYep.........I dressed up like Gene when ever I could............what a sick puppy......................we even got big Lou a Life Preserver..............LOL...............and that wasn't easy..............I had no idea they made them that big!!................you could float ten people on it........LMAO!!...........so we loaded up Phil's new Sea Doo and went back home............it's very pretty............it has a black bottom............a yellow middle and a silver top..............it looks fast!!........so now Phil can keep up with me when we are out on the water...............:P..............it will be nice too..............because between the two of us.......we have 4 boats..............so if Big Lou, Fatty, Phil and I want to go out............we can...............but I'm sure Big Lou will be buying one next..........they are very addictive ..............I love going out and riding them..............you can fish off of them..............and best of all...............look for water turtles!!.........;)...............yepper!!...............Man that was a huge life vest Lou??
 
Tuesday_July_22
  Since Robbie and Andy got the rat room cleaned yesterday.............we decided to feed all the snakes today..........now that Robbie and Andy can get the entire rat room cleaned in a day.......we will probably continue to feed the snakes on Tuesdays...........this way we have more time during the week to clean and set up all the new babies.......:).........Phil stopped by today and hung out for awhile...........then he went up to the rat barn to load uThe Bell's Hypo Pastels growing up!!p his rat orders for delivering tomorrow ............I have been playing "catch up" this week...............a vacation is awesome.............but when your in business for yourself, coming home usually means that you have twice as much work to do!!...........so today I have been working on paper work all day ...............Construction and Reptile stuff.............Robbie had a pile of bills on my desk a foot tall when I got home.............LOL...........Big Lou and I headed down to the airport in the afternoon...........we did a great trade with a guy for an 800 gram Spider Ball female...............she is really nice!!...............so now we have two Spider Ball females............who is going to sell or trade me a male???.................hopefully I will be able to get enoughMom "desert" on the bottom with one of her yearling offspring on top..........I'd say this is genetic!!! food in the new female that she will be able to breed this fall..............if not............I can wait another year.......:)..............we came home and set her up in a new cage............Big Lou had a meeting to go to for his work..........so I sat back down at the computer and got some more work done...............I'm still answering emails from when I was away.............I pulled down 802 emails on Friday when I got home...............yes there was a ton of junk mail..............but a third of it was all snake business.......;)...............and I answer each and every one of my emails..............ain't that right guys!!.........;)..............man it's hard to believe that Daytona is right around the corner??.............I have to say, since I started really getting good at breeding ball pythons.............the years just fly by...............one minute I'm in breeding season..............the next minute I'm in the off season hatching babies..............then I'm breeding again.............it's like one long year that never ends??..............maybe I should breed every other year..........hmmmmmmm??................I'm not sure what we are even going to two yearling "deserts"..........by Mark and Kim Bellbring to the show??..................All our wives are coming down this year...........so I will have to be a "good boy"...............LOL...............NOT!!..............Theresa thinks I'm an ass..............and she thinks all of the gossip and politics in the ball python world is for the birds..............."what does she know"...............:).......unless you are a hard core ball python fan............it is impossible to understand.............it's "The Force"..............no doubt about it...........can you feel it?..............I know I can............LOL..................so anyway.............I'm slowly getting my stuff done and getting caught back up...............I know this is pretty boring reading............but here it is..............I'm writing for all of you!!.......show me another breeder on this planet as entertaining as me??...............that's right.............you can't!................I love you all!!!............LMAO!!.................I'm out...............what a goof!!Bite Me!!
 
Wednesday_July_23
  We are cleaning the snakes today .............everything is eating great!!...............Lilly and Karma are growing like weeds!!...............My Patternless is being a Royal pain in the ass!!............it can't all be perfect............and who can complain one bit when they hatch out a little "blue eyed beauty" like Karma......:)................all the new 03 babies are doing fine............a few have been slow to start feeding.........but 99% of them are doing I just hatched this clutch out today!!............10 eggs.........from my Butter male bred to a normal female.............8 baby Butters hatched out and 2 normals......;)great.............I love it when a new baby ball eats a rat pup for it's first meal...............if they don't.............a mouse hopper is a sure fire way to get them started.............then they will usually take a rat pup one or two feedings afterwards ..........I set up a bunch of new snakes today..............I'm staying on top of all the new babies pretty well...............as soon as the clutch sheds.............I snap a picture of the entire clutch as a group............then they all get set up individually.............Robbie and I finished up today pretty much at the same time.............so we decided to go up to the rat barn and finish cleaning the water buckets and flushing out the water lines..............I want Robbie to know how to do the water line flushing.............that way if he has any problems while he is cleaning.........I know my tongue is longer from all this practice......;)..he can do it himself with out any trouble ( we check each sipper for good water flow as we clean cages once a week )............we got done around 10 pm............I came home again and plugged away at more work..............I'm closing in on it folks............I can see light at the end of the tunnel............if I only didn't have to write the journal this week........LOL...............I would be on easy street............."joke"................I like writing............and I like knowing that you guys are reading this stuff..............I'm sure many of you guys feel like you know me............and for those of you who know me...........I'm sure you can hear me saying what I'm writing ...............I will say that "short" three day vacations are easier on me than a long week vacation.............but I'm not one to worry about stuff while I'm gone.............I know I have great help at home taking care of business ...............yepper............going for the nose!!.thanks Fat Ass, Phil, Big Lou and Robbie!!............I got an email and some pics form Kim Bell............she sent me some updated pics of her two Hypo / Ghost Pastel Jungles..............and man are they looking better with age!!................I swear one of them looks like a "Super Hypo Pastel".............and it could easily be one because she bred Pastel het Ghost x Pastel het Ghost...............she'll have to breed it and see.............then there were some pics of what they are calling their own line of "Desert Ghost".............I don't think they are "Deserts"...............I think they are different.............and better looking..............her adult female "Desert" has a red-ish color to where the black should be............well these babies are crazy looking..........they are super clean and super high contrast.............but they are not identical to mom??.................Kim says that they are changing colors and looking better all the time...............I guess they will finally "look like mom" when they are done growing................any way you slice it............it is a simple recessive trait that she has there.......Still a big goof!!!..........KISS RULES!!!!!!.........she bred a normal looking het male back to the "Desert" mom and produce babies that look like mom...............not exactly like mom.............but they are super clean animals............and high contrast snakes.............so I would think with some age...............they will look just like mom.................WOW!!..........Kim has my vote as being the sexiest ball python breeder chic on the planet!!...............if you disagree .............please send me pics so that I can be the judge..........LMAO!!........I wish I had a hot babe making me all these cool ball python mutations................Mark is a lucky man!!.......we all know he sits on his ass all day and counts his money.........;)................Theresa!!!.................yeah right!!!
 
Thursday_July_24
  Robbie went up to the rat barn today to check things out and finish cleaning the water buckets...........it started raining it's butt off last night........so we had to stop washing the buckets outside.............so he got that all done today............I got all my inventory03 clutch # 67 with mom 07/24/03 figured out today............I like knowing exactly what I have and what is pre-sold...........I hang a little tag on each cage of each snake that is sold.............it makes it easy to see what is going on "at a glance "...............so now I'm all caught up on that............The Birthing Record page is up to date too...............I got ball python clutch # 67 today!!..............my very last clutch for the 2003 season!!................Thank God!!...........it was from a Past03 clutch # 67........6 eggsel female.........6 eggs............she was bred to a Lesser Platty male................this could produce a really cool looking "Pastel Platty"................I'm hoping for the best!!............it's hard to believe that I took 67 pictures of 67 egg clutches and 67 moms on eggs................and if you think about it...........I have to be the only person in the world with a pic of a clutch of eggs that hatched a "Lucy".............and it is actually true.............that pic of clutch # 14..........7 eggs...............produced a baby lucy!!!................who knew??............great "scrapbook material"..............I finally got all of my emails from the vacation answered today.............all of my paper work is done.....03 clutch # 67......6 eggs..........from breeding a Lesser Platty male to a Pastel female.........:)...........the Birthing Record page is up to date................the journal is wriiten.............it sucks this week.............but it's written......:P.......now I need to put some pics in for you guys who don't like to READ,,,,,,,,,,,,LOL,,,,,,,,,,,the family and I went to a Birthday dinner at 6:30 pm............I got home around 9:30 pm...............and I have been at the computer since I got back.............it is 11:45 pm now................I'm almost done!!...............Big Lou and I are going to Peter Kahl's place tomorrow.............Pete needs some rats and Lou has some work to do on Pete's alarm system.............then I'm sure we will all go out and have some lunch..............oh yeah.............BHB did it again!!............He produced yet another version of the Pinstripe Ball.................aBHB's new "Pastel Pinstripe".........totally unreal!!!!! "Pastel Pinstripe"................man has Brian been busy this year...............he is making me look really bad!!.............I haven't crossed the Platty with anything yet...........damn!!...........the "Pastel Pinstripe" looks awesome Brian!!!...............as I said before ............could you put me on the damn list please!!..........sheeshhhh!!!!.............you must be totally stoked this year.................long live BHB!!!!................I'm starting to get delirious now..............I can't belive it has been a week since the vacation..............but it has.............I miss it too..........;(.............I doubt I will write anymore this week..............so you all have a great weekend and ROCK ON!!!!.............Is your meat loafing or what?.............whats up with that?
 
Friday_July_25
  This morning Big Lou and I hooked up to go over Pete Kahl's place.........Lou had some work to do on Pete's alarm system and Pete wanted some small rats from me..............so I went to the rat barn first thing and loaded up Pete's order...............then I went and picked up Louie.............we got there and Lou did what ever it was that he had to do??..I nice "stack" of baby Butter Balls that just shed............:)..........I unloaded all of Pete's rats and then I packed up a few dozen mice to take home..........I always try to get some mice from Pete when I'm at his place.............I use his mice to start new breeding groups at the rat barn...........so after we got all of that done...........Pete took us to lunch........;)..........we talked about a bunch of "snake politics" and how many boners there actually are in this business that make it bad for others..............no names need to be named..............just watch the breeders and the classifieds..............it's pretty easy to figure out who the boners are..............Pete has a broken wrist............he wrecked his four wheeler and busted his wrist up pretty good..............but that's Pete.............he is always busting his self up on those damn dirt bikes.........:)...............I better shut uCan you believe it??..........Granites are genetic??............these  little guys are bad ass!!p or I will jinx myself and wreck my Sea Doo the next time I'm out riding..........LOL........so after lunch ( Pete's Treat )....and THANKS!!..........Lou and I went over to Pete's old snake building and loaded up a bunch of triple chipped shredded cypress mulch.................Pete got in an entire eighteen wheeler of the stuff several months ago..............all bagged and on pallets.............so I go and load up when I need some..............and with all these new babies.............I need it bad!!.............it's great for spot cleaning and holding humidity ..............after that I dropped Lou home and I went home to finish up some work with the snakes..................we are all going to The Colonial tonight for "King Solomon's" Birthday ( Theresa's uncle Mark ),,,,,,,,,,,,,,we are all going to play shuffle board and act like asses!!!...................Rattle Snakes and Sexy Beaches tonight!
 
Saturday_July_26
 

Today Big Lou, Phil and I all met up at my place to go Sea Dooing...........this would be Lou's first time out on them...............LOL................we went out in the Chesapeake Bay..............we had a blast!!............it was hot and the sun was shinning................we ate at a little restaurant right on the water............we ran the boats till they were low oHere is that awesome little "Black Pastel" I produced earlier this month........way cool!!n gas............Phil's new Super Charged boat ran great!!.............I think this was his third time out with it............well we pulled the boats back up to the loading ramp and I could see that Lou got some major sun............and he was feeling it too!!.............I just told him that it didn't look to bad...............LOL............so we got the boats loaded up and headed back home.............on the way home we stopped by the crab place and picked up the steamed crabs and shrimp that we were going to have for dinner.....;)..............Lou was getting redder by the minute...........he was a hurtin' pup.............he stayed and had some crabs with us....Two 03 Jolliff Axanthics on the left and two 03 VPI Axanthics on the right............they look very different from each other...............then he bolted home to get some "relief" for his sun burn..............he was FRIED!!.............and naturally he blames Phil and I.......LOL.............he said he expected us to have some sun block on the boats...........LMAO............I never heard of the stuff.................:)............so " the guys " went boating, we had some crabs................then we all went out for some ice cream...............and Lou got FRIED!!...............hope you feel better Louie!!........ The Colonial was fun last night.........we had five or six teams playing shuffle board..............Phil and I were team mates............and we sucked!!............we did win the last game of the night though ..........knocking "the champs" off the table......;).........Poor Bastard..............:)

 
Sunday_July_27
  Big Rock today.............and man were we short on players!.............but it was more fun with fewer people............and a lot less fighting........LOL..........a bunch of our players took the day off from volley ball today to go crabbing out on the bay ..............Theresa's family loves to fish and crab............so we had two teams of four..............my team kicked ass!!.Steve's snake before it shed..............so that's all that matters right?.................LOL..............I talked to Lou today............he is as mad as a hornet!!.............he said his nose is going to fall off from the sun burn........LOL..............I hate to laugh at him, but the way he describes his pain and the way the burn looks just cracks me up.............he says he is NEVER going out on the water again..............but I know he is full of crap..............he'll go back out.............I'll just make sure I take him some good sun block.......;).............I got and email from my friend Steve.............in it weSteve's snake after it shed...........talk about some crazy stuff???re some pics of a ball python of his that went through a dramatic color change after one shed..............I will post a " before shed" and an "after shed" pic so that you can see how drastic the change was??..............it is totally nuts?.............his snake looked totally normal one day............then it shed and looked like some type of "Axanthic Ghost".......it makes me wonder if some of the adult and sub-adult "Black and White" and Axanthic looking stuff we breeders see in Africa each year is even a mutation??.......one shed and BAM!!.............you got a crazy looking snake that looks like a cool new mutation??.............you got me?.............this has never happened to any of my ball pythons before..............but I know it does happen ...........weird??...............it's like theOMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!. snake sheds off a bunch of layers of pigment?.........so Steve..............keep me posted on how the snake turns out............a couple more sheds and it could be white!!..........;)..........Well I snipped the eggs in clutch # 42 tonight...........this is the clutch that my 01 ( F1 ) Phantom female produced from being bred to an 01 ( F1 ) Lesser Platty male..............5 eggs.............one egg went bad pretty early into the incubation period, so that left me with four eggs............. I see two more White snakes with blue eyes!!..............yepper................two White snakes!!!..............one Phantom and one normal looking are in this clutch!!!..........I had a great feeling about this clutch after hatching out clutch # 14............so right now I can saYIKES!!fely say that breeding a Lesser Platty to these two particular Phantom females will produce Leucistic ball pythons.............I also believe that the "cross snake" from clutch # 14 is actually a "Phantom Lesser"...............the "Phantom Lesser" being the combo snake I was after.................so what the hell are these white snakes??...........It will take me some time to get this all sorted out.................can I produce white snakes just within the Platty bloodline?...............can I produce white snakes just within the Phantom bloodline?................does it take both mutations to do this?................or am I just lucky and my Original Platty male and my original Phantom female were both het for Leucistic?.................that would mean that all of their babies were just 50% poss hets............am I that lucky to hit on poss hets for Lucy?..............I have a lot of thoughts on what is going on...............and I'm the only one who can get the answeThis is the lottery!!!rs.................so I have plenty of breeding ahead of me to see exactly what these two mutations are "up to".............it is totally crazy!!........and I know this ain't the end of the ride either...........there is "still more" in this project............I just know it!!............I always thought that the Platty was super special.......and that he could be hiding a lot under the hood.............but to think this????.........I wrote " Karma" up as pure luck.............now I see two more!..........I almost didn't even breed the Phantom females this year............and I was thinking if I did breed them..............it would have been to Pastel males...............so go figure..............it all worked out like a dream!!.............Now all I can hope is that one of these little babies is a boy!!!..........come on baby boy!!!!!............I'm going to go clean out my boxers.............This is nuts!!!!..........and I smell really bad..........;P
 
Monday_July_28
  This morning I got an early start to go shopping for a bunch of stuff I need for the Daytona show.........I felt like a total boner going into the fabric store and buying material to cover my tables with at the show...........it felt very weird looking at all the fabric with all these housewives in the pla"Hey Ralph"............turn off the damn lights!!!ce thinking I'm some kind of pansie ass...............LOL ( it's a man thing ladies )..............I got two tables this year............and I'm tired of the black table cover..........it sucks!!...........all it does is attract little white fuzz balls................so this year I'm trying something new..............I got this really nice looking "fake leather" stuff..............it is a tan color.........it will be very easy to wipe off and keep clean.........and the color is really easy on the eyes ( yes I just said that.......maybe I am a pansie? )..........then I went and bought some more lights to clamp onto the tables...............I have 24 new display boxes on their way to me now for the show..............so I'm slowly getting all my stuff together.............after I picked up what stuff I could find for the show, I went to my T-shirt designer and gave them the art work that I have been working on for my new T-shirts ..............I will have some kick ass shirts at the show!!...........so the designers havCan my name be Snoppy?e my "rendition" of what I want my new shirts to look like............now it's up to them to fine tune it and make them look awesome!!.............so I left them to do their work.............then I went to my " Grafix " guy to show him my new banner design .............I'm just full of new ideas this year!!..........HA.............the one thing I don't like to do is bring any animals to the show...............I absolutely hate doing that!!............I don't mind delivering snakes to a show.............but lugging them down there just to show off makes me a total wreck!!............I just feel terrible for the snakes while they are there.............I know it's just me...............but that's the way I feel.............so when you see my snakes "showing off" on the table......No!!........I though I was Snoopy??.........you can remember that even though I'm very proud to have them on display for everyone to see................I really deep down inside wish that the snakes did not have to be there...............and I know that they really don't..............I could easily just come down to the show and hang out and talk with people ( I could make up for not having my snakes there with my charming personality........LMAO )...............but I know that there are many people who expect to see my stuff.............and it's those people I bring the snakes for..........;)............why can't we just "can" all the lugging around of the snakes and do a big "Breeder Conference".............I'll be the President!!.........we can have slide shows and presentations..... .........hearing what the breeders " really have to say ".......that "The Clutch"............# 42!!!would be so sweet!!................so there ya go.............I said it..............I hate bringing snakes to shows.........and I hate the "flea market mentality" at the shows ( Why the hell do you even go Boner??? )..............that just ain't me.............next year I will probably only do the Daytona show and that's it!! ( because it is warm ).........;).............moving right along ( Am I a little wuss today or what? )...........I got all my running around done and came home to start paper work and emails...................I knew I was going to be swamped with all the office stuff............so I called Phil and asked him if he could come over later tonight and help me set up a bunch of new baby balls that just shed...............so he did come over and we got it all done...............Thanks Phil!!!.............My two baby Lucys are still in the egg............they are just hanging out and blowing bubbles at me...............I want them to climb out of the egg so bad!!..............Karma needs a boyfriend......;)..........Hey Big Boy...........what's your name?
 
Tuesday_July_29
  I worked on my inventory most of the day..........hanging little tags on each snake's tub that is sold, and then updating the inventory in my computer..............and THEN updating the inventory oTwo baby boys!!!n the site.............I should get the "Big List" completed and totally up to date by the end of this week...............once I get it caught up to the 03's I have hatched so far, it will be easy to keep it current .............I " signed off" on my new banner design for the show today............it's basically the same as it always is, but it has more pictures now............12 pics instead of 3..............so that made it about twice as tall............I took more pics of my new baby "Lucys" in the egg today..............they have soaked up all of their yolks............now they are just lounging in the egg..........I'm sure they know that they are pestering the crap out of me by not coming out.................:)..........I finally found some time later in the day to wash the Sea Doos.............we were running them in salt "Karma" in the front and the babies from clucth # 42 in the back!!.............tell me Karma does not rule!!!water on Saturday.........it's a good practice to get the salt off of the boats and out of the cooling system as soon as possible............we did spray them off at the car wash when we were done.............but they needed a better cleaning than that................Phil got to my house while I was still washing them, so he helped me finish up and get them hitched up to my truck........ then I followed him up to the barn, we unloaded my boat trailer in Mr. John's garage, then we went to the barn to load up all of the rats for his deliveries tomorrow.........They will be out of the egg tomorrow!!
 
Wednesday_July_30
  TWO BOYS!!!..............that's right!!..............both of the Lucys are males!!........03 clucth #68 with mom 07/30/03......ALL four of the babies are males................2 male Lucys..............1 male Phantom..........and 1 male "normal looking"..............I'm on cloud ten!!!!................what a year this has been...........2.1 Lucys in one year............and I never seen it coming?.............The Ball Python Gods must just love the heck out of me.......;)............I posted a few pics of them on my foru03 clutch # 68.......9 eggs!m and on kingsnake's ball forum..............you can never get tired of looking at blue eyed snakes................:).............Karma is in one of the pics I posted with the two new baby boys.............she looks like a big white OX compared to the newborns..............it's amazing to see how big she is now...............she is a great feeder, she ate live rat pups right from the start............so hopefully the two new boys will do the same......:).............Robbie fed all the snakes today while I manned the phone lines and answered a zillion emails........;)...........As he was feeding he 03 clutch # 68......9 eggs from breeding a Red Axanthic male to a normal femalefound two females with eggs??.................these were females that I never gave a second thought..........one of the females was gravid from a Red Axanthic male and the other female was gravid from a Lesser Platty male...............whoooowhooooo!!...........what a nice surprise!!.............I had so many pregnant females this year that I just quit palpating for follicles ...............enough was enough!!..........I didn't even mark down any copulations on these two females ................mainly because they were so late to show me anything03 clutch # 69 with mom 07/30/03..............so there ya have it folks...........you don't have to palpate for follicles and buy an ultra-sound machine to produce eggs.............all you have to do is wait!!.........but I'm the kind of guy who likes to know what's coming?.......so I palpate until the cows come home!!..........so this puts me up to 69 clutches of ball python eggs this year...............I bred 72 females too...............sweet!!!............so I have to get back into the clutch groove one more time.............here goes.............." I got ball python clutch # 68 today..............yada yada yada.......zzzzzzzzzz..........from breeding a Red Axant03 clutch # 69.......7 eggshic male to a normal female..............9 eggs!!................clutch # 69 was from breeding a Lesser Platty to a normal female..............7 eggs!!.............two nice surprises to go along with the two baby Lucy boys that hatched today!!...........damn right baby!!!...............Life is good!!............Louie and I met up for a late dinner, we were discussing the snake racks systems that Lou is building and some "snake talk".............after dinner we decided to go to his shop and work on the jigs that he uses to build the rack levels.............the jig is what holds everything03 clutch # 69......7 eggs from breeding a Lesser Platty male to a normal female.......;)..........this better be my last clutch for the season!!! in place while he welds the frame together..............if the jig is not perfect...........than your racks will not be either.............so we ended up welding until 1:30 in the morning...........but we got it all done............now Big Lou has a nice table to work on and the jigs are dead on!!..........I got home at 2:30 am or so and decided to do some more office work and answer a few emails..............paper work has been piling up lately...............I ended up going to bed around 4:00 am..................what a boner!!............zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz............damn tootin' figgy nootin'
 
Thursday_July_31
  Robbie is cleaning the snakes today.............I'm working on the BIG LIST............and man is it BIG...........I have been working on organizing the inventory and deciding what I want to sell all day.............the BIG LIST is the simplest way to put everything I have for sale on one page.............Fat Ass called me after dinner and asked me if I wanted to go fishing with him and his family..............I said " NO WAY........I gotta finish the BIG Fatty's daughter Autumn with her first Big Bass!!!LIST"................LOL...........but I did finally get the damn thing done.............it is totally current as of right now.............now all I have to do is keep it current............:)............Fatty called me later after he was done fishing and said that they did really well down at the pond.................we haven't been fishing there in awhile.............so I figured the bass would be ready to bite again after the long break...........Fatty's daughter Autumn caught a nice large mouth bass on a bobber and a nightcrawler...............and she reeled it in all by herself on a 36" kid's rod........LOL.............she said "Daddy I think I have a Bass"..............and Fatty said "No Way"................the next thing he knew..............a big lunker bass was on it's way to the shore.............Autumn does like to fish...............my daughter Brooke gets bored with it............after awhile all she wants to do is cast out a bobber with no hook...............she says she just wants to "practice casting"............LOL................now " Little Gump" loves to fish...........but he won't let the bait sit still...........as soon as it hits the water..............he is reeling it back in...........KIDS..............we were all there once.............I wish I could go back...............:)...............I got a ton of stuff done on the site today..............and the Big Damn List is current...............I'm looking good for the Daytona show.............I have my banner being made................the T-shirt art work is in progress.............I got most of the supplies that I need................now all I have to do is figure out what "poor" snakes I want to drag to the show...............ain't I the biggest ass!!..............What a hypocrite!!..........I can't help it!!..........another month is gone...............POOF!!!!!!!.............Jesus............breeding season is just around the corner?????????................did I ever mention I'm taking next season off??............LOL..............later!...........Bite Me!
 

 

 

 
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