Morelia Python Radio

Hey Everyone!

Just wanted to share our appearance on the Morelia Python Radio show with Eric and Owen. They are great guys with tons of knowledge. 

We talked about a lot of difference subjects throughout the almost 2 hour show. Of course it centered around Blood Pythons but we also touched on constructing a designated building, going full time as a reptile breeder and a bunch of other stuff.

CHECK it out here http://www.blogtalkradio.com/moreliapythonradio/2017/08/30/short-tailed-pythons-with-nick-bottini-from-cold-blooded-earth

Congrats to both Eric and Owen on their 6th year of their show! Well done fellas. 

 

 

 

Ins and Outs of How We Ship

Okay so you have spent the time searching for your new Shortie and decided to get one from us. The next step is getting your new addition to you safely. 

Shipping is the most stressful part of the whole new purchase thing, especially for the excited new customer. We've shipped a lot of animals over the years, and this is how we do it. Hopefully it cuts down on the anxiety shipping can cause.

We do not ship animals when day time highs are above 90 degrees or below 35 degrees. The well being and safety of the animal is the most important thing to us. Waiting a few extra days or weeks to get your animal alive and healthy is worth it. Trust us. 

First, lets start with the actual shipping box. We use new boxes everytime and a minimum size of 12 x 9 x 6. Yes, even for hatchlings we use this box. The larger space allows for more air flow, especially when heating packs are added. Heating packs use oxygen during the chemical reaction that makes them warm, so air flow is a MUST. 

The shipping boxes are insulated with 3/4" foam. This makes the box very rigid and safe from rough handling. The boxes are also labeled with the contents and marked live harmless reptile. Your snake is placed in a cloth bag with a paper towel and laid in a thick layer of news paper. 

We use shipyourreptiles.com to put our shipments together and they are insured. Shipyourreptiles.com is just another good safety measure and they will keep their site updated for delays or other possible problems. I have shipped almost 200 separate shipments using their services and I have been very happy. SYR customer service is great. They use FedEx and most shipments arrive by 10:30am, but if you are in a remote location that time can be 12-4pm.

Delays and problems do happen, it is just the nature of shipping anything. However with how we ship animals we have had almost no problems. Recently we had two separate West Coast shipments get delayed, one of them for 2 extra days and the animal still arrived safe and sound. We contribute this to the larger box sizes, as well as using 60 hour heat packs. 

Shipping animals this way is not a cheap thing to do. New boxes and over night service are pricey but we do not make a penny on the shipping costs and it is worth every cent to go above and beyond to make sure the animals are safe. The most important thing is the well being of the animal. 

Please contact us with any questions or comments you have. 

Below is a picture of a few animals we sent out recently. You can see everything is clearly labeled and there are air holes for extra ventilation.

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Sometimes the Unexpected Happens

Hey all,

Sorry for the long delay between posts! My wife and I just moved into our new house, and between packing up and trying to get settled it has been more than hectic. 

I also left my day job as a Herpetologist at a zoo here in SC to follow my dream and do the snake breeding thing full time! I will tell you, I am really excited to start this new venture and could not have imagined doing it without the full support of my wonderful wife and family, and all of you! Really is a dream come true.

Anyway! On to the important stuff. We recently hatched out a clutch from Golden Eye x Batik het T+ and had some pretty unexpected results. Check out the pictures below. There is a normal, GE, Pixel, and two odds balls, one being a runt. They are all eating well! 

I am not sure what is going on here, however there may be another gene at play. It is too early to tell but we are looking forward to seeing what this project has to offer. Even the normal is a bit different, so we will be raising this entire clutch up. We cannot wait to see these animals grow and change. Stay tuned for more updates of them and other things happening here!

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Entering the World

I was just going through some pictures and wanted to share of few of them with you all. These are pythons from various clutches all getting there first view of the world and taking their first breathes.

This part of the breeding process is the most exciting. I still feel the same way when I see heads poking up out of the egg that I did with my very first clutch. It is a long and tedious adventure from cycling the adults, pairing up animals, pulling eggs and getting them in the incubator, the 60 days to hatch and all the while just imagining what is in each egg. This is what it is all about!

It is an incredible experience to get to see new life emerge right before your eyes! Hope you enjoy these pictures.

Twins!

Twins!

Breeding Season Recap

Hello Everyone.

We just wanted to do a quick update on this years breeding season. Our last clutch was laid this week 6/3/17. It was Female VPI Stripeline Hypo possible het T+ Albino x Golden Eye 100% het T+ Albino. We are thrilled about this pairing and cannot wait for the 60 days to be up.

Below we have listed all the successful pairings we did this year.

  • Female T- x Male 007 (Babies have hatched and are feeding)
  • Granite Super Stripe x Granite Super Stripe Borneos (Babies have hatched and are feeding)
  • T+ Matrix x Golden Eye 100% het T+
  • T+ x CBE Stripe Line Founder
  • Red Bull Line normal x Golden Eye
  • Ivory (possible het T+) x Batik 100% het T+
  • Blonde Super Stripe x Granite Super Stripe Borneos
  • Black head Sumatran x Black head Sumatran Short-Tails
  • Golden Eye x Batik 100% het T+
  • VPI Stripe Line Hypo (possible het T+) x Golden Eye 100% het T+

As animals begin to hatch and start eating, anything available will be listed in our Shop. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or interest you may have.

Twins!

Twins!

Golden Eye on eggs

T+ Albino on eggs

T+ Albino on eggs

Freshly hatched Granite Borneo Short-Tailed Pythons

Freshly hatched Granite Borneo Short-Tailed Pythons

Photo Drop

We often take a lot of pictures and only end up being happy with a few of them. These snakes are notoriously hard to photograph so we are constantly playing with backgrounds and the right lighting. Having said all of that, here are a few from this week we are happy with. Enjoy!

2016 female Batrix 100% het T+ Albino and Golden Eye 100% het T+ Albino

2016 female Batrix 100% het T+ Albino and Golden Eye 100% het T+ Albino

Adult male Genetic Stripe Borneo Short-Tailed Python. Produced from a wild caught Genetic Stripe x TBC Blonde Super Stripe

Adult male Genetic Stripe Borneo Short-Tailed Python. Produced from a wild caught Genetic Stripe x TBC Blonde Super Stripe

This girl is one of our favorites. We produced her by breeding our CBE Stripe Line founder to a VPI Stripe Line hypo.

This girl is one of our favorites. We produced her by breeding our CBE Stripe Line founder to a VPI Stripe Line hypo.

Today is Day One!

In terms of the what the potential is in herpetoculture for Blood and Short-Tailed Pythons, today is just day one. All three species are multi-faceted in breeding potential. You can selectively breed for color and pattern, breed for morphs, and my favorite thing is combining the two. They offer the best of both worlds.

These three species are very unique in that "normals" can be equally or more stunning than color and patter morphs, and when those two elements come together the results even get ohs and ahs from a non snake person. We are just starting to scratch the surface in terms of what these pythons have to offer.

Shorties really open the door for people with all different interests. Whether you like morphs, or natural varieties there is something out there for everyone. Earth tones, fire engine red, or ink well black is just the tip of the iceberg. We are just being to explore what morphs can do. Adding subtle genes like Matrix into Batik and Golden Eye has produced incredible combinations. Each clutch is and each animal within each clutch is different. As we add genes and add color we are starting to reveal some amazing things.

Take a look at these three Red Blood Pythons. From left to right, we have a CBE Super Stripe, Batrix (Batik Matrix) and T+ Golden Eye. Start playing with just these genes and the possibilities are endless.

 

It really is an exciting time to be working with these animals. People before us have laid the ground work with these animals, getting wild caughts established, breeding techniques, nailing down their care requirements and we are hoping to take these pythons to the next level.

Eventually we will get into genetics but that is a post for a different day!

 

New Website!

Welcome to CBE! We have recently re-done our website and on this Blog page we will be posting updates as they happen. Photos, egg laying, hatchlings, any news, and shows we plan to do will be posted here. So to kick it off, here is a picture from out first clutch of the year!

From top to bottom, 100% het T-, Matrix 100% het T-, and 007 100% het T-.

We look forward to keeping you up to date on our activity here at Cold-Blooded Earth!