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Old 03-20-2017, 05:19 PM   #1
The Newguy
thinking about breeding

Ive been kicking around the idea of picking up a female and trying my hand at breeding. Is there anything major i should take into consideration?
Old 03-20-2017, 09:17 PM   #2
The possibility of egg binding is something to keep in mind. Surgery to correct it is rather expensive. Otherwise it's fairly straight forward, and there are plenty of decent guides online. Check out the stickies in this forum and also the ones in snickersnakes' (Nanci LeVake's) personal forum I believe. Any specific questions we can try to answer?

Also worth mentioning: know your morphs. The last thing the herp world needs is more normals and common single-gene morphs with unknown hets. Aim higher. This is my second year breeding and I could potentially produce 3+ world first combos this year. Start here:
Old 03-20-2017, 11:22 PM   #3
There are several considerations to keep in mind. First you need to find a suitable female, preferably at least 3 years old and in great condition. A proven breeder is a plus. You need to prepare a nest box for egg laying if the breeding efforts were successful. You need to decide how you intend to incubate the eggs, and prepare a container for them. If you are lucky and have eggs that hatch without issue, you need to be prepared with some containers to house them, and appropriate sized pinkies to feed them. Then you will need to have the female on a higher nutrition system in case she double clutches. After all that you will have to decide how to sell any hatchlings you don't want to retain.
Old 03-21-2017, 11:11 AM   #4
The Newguy
Sounds like I have a lot more to learn and think about before I give it a shot... Thanks for the insight... I'm going to the Columbus show this weekend hoping to pick up a nice looking female... As far as knowing the morphs and genetics I've had my male for six years now and never got any insight as to what he is. I'm hoping to find a Miami or a blizzard maybe... What should I ask about for the genetics so I don't end up with normals
Old 03-21-2017, 11:13 AM   #5
Start by figuring out what yours is first
Old 03-21-2017, 01:45 PM   #6
The Newguy
Ik the sex but idk about genetics or how to figure that out
Old 03-21-2017, 02:39 PM   #7
Post a pic
Old 03-21-2017, 07:26 PM   #8
I wouldn't hope for much locally. The Columbus show is typically disappointing for me. There are occasionally some decent hatchlings, but I've been thus far unimpressed by the vendors. Even the python breeders lack imagination. Ohio sucks!

Just don't go crazy like I did and import your first female from overseas. I mean, I don't regret it, but there are cheaper routes. Looking at your old posts, I believe you have an amel. What morphs do you like? Favorite colors? Maybe I can help you find a good project to get you started.
Old 03-22-2017, 09:59 AM   #9
The Newguy
Yes hes an amel and about seven years old but thats all ik about him. My favorite morph is a Miami but i also like blizzards and stripes real well.
Old 03-22-2017, 11:52 AM   #10
Play around on and

Basicly you will only produce Amels or normal Het Amels with possibly other het's unless your Amel has unknown hets.
The overall market place isn't looking for for them except possibly for snake food. I see way too many first time producers at shows that can't even give their hatchlings away.
The cost of feeding and caring for them will quickly outpace their value.

Glad you are questioning before you breed

FYI, A Miami is a local normal. It won't show on the calc trade names.

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