Ok so I’m in a strange situation with a clutch I should not be having any trouble with.
Back story both the sire and dame were purchased roughly 2 1/2 years ago from different sources. Neither have ever been breed by myself. Not a lot of background on the Sire(champagne), but the dame(HRA, Poe. Het ghost)was purchased as an eight year old infertile snake, so I was told. But the price was way to good
He was being grouchy because I just didn’t have any projects for him. So I threw him in with the HRA for a few days. I’ve never had another snake with her as of that time but. Well this is what happened…
Norm, 3 HRA , 3 champ/HRA mixes and this random looking thing that my head just said oh Yellowbelly pastel. It took me like an hour to realize neither of those genes are anywhere in the mix. I did some looking into and comparing with the few other pastel yellow Bellies I have. And there are some differences.
I know there are possibilities of snake semen lasting 3 years, but even so I’m not entirely sure on pastel yb. Anyway here are some pics of it bigger today.
So A lot of pics but I wanted some good looks at it. Problem is the undersides are so wacky. They are like three stages. Pattern. Random fades coming up. The under sides that are a crap show followed by a perfectly clean belly all the way down to the tail, which in itself is odd. There is major fading everywhere yet the head barely looks like pastel. And the colors that are there are amazingly vibrant. Blacks are about as dark as it could get.
Finally this may mean nothing, but I’ve kept these snake on the same feeding schedule and exact size F/T. I’m pretty sure the HRA gene is in most because I can’t tell you when any of them has last skipped a meal. Well here most are together today.
This could be completely coincidence but he/she(haven’t really cared to sex this clutch) is no less than double the size of the next closest.
Well any help/opinions/or good lucks are welcome. It is just an oddball!