Hello everyone, long time lurker, first time poster. Thought I’d share a little intro about myself. My name is Amanda, I’m 25 (almost 26), and Iive in Central Minnesota. My professional life is in sales for a major mattress retailer, and I’m getting married in a little over a week.
In addition to all our reptiles, we also have a few pet rats that we kept from a breeding colony we used to have, 2 hedgehogs, a cat, and a 90 pound German shepherd husky.
Now on to the good stuff. First of all, I’m a living testament to how much ball pythons (and other reptiles) are like Pringles… Once you pop, you can’t stop!
I bought my first ball in April of last year and by June I was up to 5. Now I have 20 of them, a corn snake, a hognose, a boa, a leopard gecko, and a couple tarantulas. When I first started keeping balls, I had zero intention to breed. I started scouring this website for hours every day for like a month straight, and I saw some of the most beautiful animals I’d ever seen. Lavender snow was the big one for me. Because of that, the next purchase I made was my VPI axanthic girl, Nyx.
Yesterday I paired my my pinstripe female to my pewter male and today I got my first lock. It’s the coolest thing watching the process unfold, from the courting, to the tickling, to the actual lock and beyond.
My family and most of my friends think I’m a loony tune because of my passion. But to me, breeding balls isn’t about making money. It’s about producing quality animals that can captivate you with their beauty. I’m so excited to see what the future holds. I look forward to connecting with you guys and hopefully meeting some of you at Tinley in October… That is, if it doesn’t get canceled again…