After months of patiently waiting, Dr. Pale welcomed a six new members to his classroom as classroom's ball python eggs finally hatched, marking the arrival of six healthy baby snakes at QLS!
From Dr. Pale:
Our snakes are ball pythons (Python regius). Legends say that Queen Cleopatra of Egypt wore ball pythons as bracelets (hence the Latin name "regius", meaning something that belongs to a royal figure). These snakes originally come from West Africa, and they have been in the pet trade for a long time. Ball pythons are short and stubby snakes and they are very docile and tame, which makes them very well suited as class pets!
Kalahari, the male, was the first snake the World Wildlife club purchased back in October 2017. Kalahari was chosen, by club members, amongst other snakes for his color pattern (we call them morphs). His morph is the result of a 3 gene combination. He was born during the summer of 2017 and he was 176 grams when we got him. He is now a happy and healthy 1,285 gram snake! A year later, in September 2018, when Kalahari was big enough to become a father, the club purchased his future mate, Adenine. Adenine was purchased as an adult so we could pair her with Kalahari during the breeding season of that year (female ball pythons need to be at least 1,500 grams before they can be bred... growing eggs and laying eggs takes a lot of energy!). Adenine was carefully chosen for her morph (due to a single gene) to make a very interesting pair with Kalahari: due to the genetics behind their morphs, the pair could have babies with 16 different morphs (16 different color patterns)!!!
Adenine and Kalahari were paired last year in December and January by our alumna Lori Luo, however we weren't very confident that the 2 snakes had a successful pairing. Lori and the other club members decided to work harder to try and pair them again during this year's breeding season. Then, during the first day of school on August 12, we noticed that Adenine was laying on top of 8 big eggs (only 6 of them were fertilized). We were successful after all! The eggs were then placed in an incubator with 90% humidity at a temperature of 88 degrees Fahrenheit. Now came the hard part, the wait! Ball python eggs have an incubation period of 60 days in addition to the time between fertilization and laying the eggs. After 10 months of waiting after Adenine and Kalahari were paired, the babies are finally here!