What Am I

Re: What Am I

Postby Chantel » Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:34 am

Oops, perhaps I should read the posts thoroughly before I comment. I take my words back ... the so called "Expert" who told the pet shop lady that it is a Lava Lavender needs to be shot!
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Re: What Am I

Postby rolandslf » Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:00 pm

Actually Chantel, I have not sexed it yet. It is currently in the blue, so once it sheds I will sex it.
Need to find my probing kit, moved house about a year ago, and am missing so much stuff.
If I can't find the probes, I will just take it to someone who has a kit and then do it.
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Re: What Am I

Postby rolandslf » Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:02 pm

I am just glad that I labelled it correctly as a Snow Motley.
Maybe I should have sexed it myself before I purchased it.
If it is a male, it will be on the market sooner than later.
I need adult females, as I already have too many males.
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Re: What Am I

Postby rolandslf » Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:07 am

So the Corn Snake finally shed. I definitely go with it being a snow motley.
I also sexed it, and Chantel was 100% correct, it is a he and not a she.
Why I never trusted my instincts when I first saw and labelled him in my mind, I do not know.
Still, what's done is done, and after seeing the missing scales on his head after the shed, I am glad I rescued him so to speak.
I will breed him to my Amel female.

Pic without flash in natural light, he is very pink

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Pic with flash, the pink has been replaced with yellow.

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All I now need is final confirmation of my Snow Motley identification.
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Re: What Am I

Postby JJward7 » Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:18 am

I am 100% sure that is a motley snow. I have always loved the motley morph.
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Re: What Am I

Postby Chantel » Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:29 am

He really is a gorgeous looking snow motley :)
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Re: What Am I

Postby rolandslf » Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:00 am

Thanks JJ and Chantel.

The lesson learned from this episode for me is this. Go with your instincts, they are seldom wrong.

The Amel female I will breed him to has just come out of the blue. As soon as she sheds, I will take a pic and post it here.
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Re: What Am I

Postby Chantel » Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:18 am

Hopefully your amel female is het for both anery and motley, so you can get out some more nice snow motleys like the father.
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Re: What Am I

Postby rolandslf » Sun Sep 14, 2014 2:52 pm

I can only hope Chantel. Here is a pic of her.

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Re: What Am I

Postby Chantel » Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:22 am

She's lovely. Good luck :)
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Re: What Am I

Postby rolandslf » Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:00 am

I put them together last night, and the first lock happened.
I will put them together again over the next two weeks or so, and when I have witnessed at least 3 visible locks, I will leave nature to take its course.

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Re: What Am I

Postby rolandslf » Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:22 am

Just an update, this pair have now had 4 visual witnessed locks.
I will not be putting them together again because in my opinion, it took a bit long for his hemi-penes to retract.
Breeding is not good if it affects the health of the snake.
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Re: What Am I

Postby rolandslf » Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:39 am

I have a normal that I received as a female. None of my other two adult males showed any interest in her at all.
As a final test, to confirm my probing of her as female, I put this boy in.
Within minutes they had locked. This boy seems to be fully into breeding season.

Just thought I would ask any opinions on why my other two males did not show interest in her, they are definitely males.
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Re: What Am I

Postby Bushviper » Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:07 pm

They are from Durban. Some of them bat for the other team?

Seriously though some males are just slow and have lower levels of testosterone. Others will mate all year around if given the chance.
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Re: What Am I

Postby rolandslf » Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:34 am

Eish Arno, :lol:

Seriously though, I was beginning to think that either they do bat for the other team, or else I would have to go for a refresher in Probing Snakes.
Luckily I found that I still know what to do when it comes to sexing snakes.
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