Well, we still have some offspring of the Silverleaf growing up to breed in 2009. All are still healthy, growing fast, and most of them (all?) should be big enough to breed this upcoming season. Obviously, I can't wait to see if this gene is inheritable or not.
I had zero plans to make more hets - if this is a simple recessive trait - this year EXCEPT that I bred him to a dark-eyed aner Kisatchie cornsnake this year. If Silverleaf is a recessive trait, my intent was to produce double hets this season. (DE Aner IS a recessive trait.) I did succeed in getting the original silverleaf to breed on of my dark-eyed aner females, and I just got 16 good double het eggs off of her! That is a good morning surprise..
I'm trying to get him to breed a second DE aner female, but no luck yet. Since these eggs are fertile, I'm no longer concerned about breeding him to a second female. I just might stop trying and give the second female the year off. I've already got plenty of normal Kisatchie corns coming.....and 3 to 4 females that should give me some DE Aner Kisatchie corns this year. No real reason for me to worry about this one last female!
Anyway, there's an update. Until next year, there isn't THAT much new that can happen with this line.