So, I’ve got this idea in my head that it would be SO cool to start a breeding project with several single-morph ball pythons, and build my future combos basically from the ground up. I love the idea of hand-picking an example of each morph that I particularly like, and then breeding them to make stellar combo animals. So instead of, say, getting a Leopard Enchi Pastel, where the three morphs would be influencing each other a fair bit, and you wouldn’t really be able to tell, say, if it was a particularly heavily patterned Leopard, or a very bright Pastel, I would start with a simple Leopard, and choose an individual with coloring and pattern that I really, really like. Then maybe I’d add a really nice Pastel, and put those together for a sort of “custom” Leopard Pastel. And then choose an Enchi I really like, and so on.
I hope I worded that clearly enough that people can understand. I’m finding this concept particularly difficult to explain for some reason.
Anyway, I really like this idea, and if I can afford the racks and the feeding (I’m assuming I’ll be keeping a fair few snakes if I go this route), I would like to give it a go. But I’m concerned about finding good homes for the babies I will be producing. At the beginning, it would be a lot of normals, and single- or double-morph animals. I don’t mind not making a lot of money early on, as long as I can bring in enough to sort of support the project… but I’m concerned that, say, a Pastel with no other morphs mixed in, might not be terribly desirable and may take many, many months to sell, or even never sell at all.
I was hoping someone on here might have some advice. Have you had trouble selling normals and one- or two-morph animals? Do you worry that if you’re selling a snake for $50-100 it might be less likely to end up in a good home and be well cared for?
I think down the line, I could produce some REALLY awesome-looking combo animals by hand-picking each “ingredient” in the mix, but if it means having dozens of snakes nobody wants to buy and care for, well… realistically I wouldn’t be able to keep the project going if I had to keep every baby. I would run out of money and space in a hurry!
Any info that will help me decide what to do here would be greatly appreciated!