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Another round of Scaleless Ball Pythons

By admin in Blog on August 10, 2017 -

Not every day you open your incubator and see a Scaleless staring back at you! Looks like we will have another round of Scaleless Ball Pythons to display at Daytona this year 😃😃😃. It would appear that the Pastel Scaleless was the father as there are no normals in the clutch. So that makes 2 clutches this year officially sired by our male.  So cool to finally see this project in full effect!!!!

 

WHS line Scaleless Ball Pythons

By admin in Blog on August 9, 2016 -

Well, Its not a perfect photo because I have had very little time to take photos and edit lately lol. But here they are, what I believe to be Pastel and Super Pastel WHS line Scaleless Ball Pythons. Both healthy and robust out of the egg. What a crazy post to be able to make! I am truly humbled by this whole experience. Thank you to everyone for all of the positive feedback! 🙂

Egg Tooth!!

By admin in Blog on July 31, 2016 -

I know its a really tight crop but I just realized you can see the egg tooth!! Looks like that macro lens is coming back out!!!!!!

For those who don’t know where to look, or don’t see it at first. Look down  where the two lips come together closer toward the bottom jaw right in the front. Like a little unicorn horn lol

Scaleless have hatched!!!!

By admin in Blog on July 29, 2016 -

Well, I really don’t know where to start this post. This has been a long time coming with a lot of people saying it would never happen. BUT, it has!!!

We have successfully hatched out a 5 egg clutch from a WHS Pastel Scaleless Head bred to another WHS Pastel Scaleless head. The results were as follows:

  • 1.0 Pastel VISUAL SCALELESS!!
  • 0.1 Super Pastel VISUAL SCALELESS!!
  • 1.1 Scaleless Heads
  • 0.1 pastel

Obviously this is the first time this has ever been done so I could definitely be wrong on what combos they are. But The important thing is that they are 100% healthy!!!!!

The 1.0 Pastel Scaleless was the first in the clutch to emerge from his egg. His yolk was completely absorbed and he cut his own little slits all over the place with his little egg tooth just to show us that he was hatching on his own terms I guess lol.

The 1.1 SH came out the following day and the 0.1 Pastel and a 0.1 Super Pastel Scaleless decided to take their sweet time and came out this morning. The female Scaleless also cut a few of her own slits along the side of the hole I had cut in the egg and absorbed her entire yolk as well. She seems large and happy and healthy. One thing I have noticed is that after coming out of the egg color seems to flood into these animals almost minute by minute. It will be incredible to see what happens after they shed.

I genuinely would like to take a moment to thank Brock Wagner for jumping on board with me so early on in this project and believing in both me and the project itself. I would also like to thank every customer that purchased from us these last two years. I don’t want to list each of you by name because I don’t know who wants to be listed and who doesn’t but believe me I could. I appreciate each of you more than you’ll ever know and both Brock and myself will do the absolute best we can to be good stewards of this project and keep everyone informed as to the health and condition of these two very special animals.

Be sure to stay tuned to WHS Reptiles Face Book page for updates and photos!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

WHS line Scaleless Heads are here!!!

By admin in Blog on July 18, 2014 -

Many people have contacted me over the last few months with questions about my line of Scaleless Head Ball Pythons. I decided when I first acquired them that I would wait until I actually hatched my first few clutches and proved with out a shadow of a doubt that my male passed his specific mutation on to his offspring both predictably and reliably. Now that I have hatched my first 3 clutches I am more confident than ever that my gene is indeed a predictably inheritable “codom” mutation and it only stands to reason that it will produce a visual scaleless animal when bred together, so much so I am willing to put a full money back guarantee behind them!

So let’s start with the facts-

*There are two known lines of Scaleless Heads, the BHB line that Mike Wilbanks and Brian Barczyk are currently working with which proved last year to produce a healthy scaleless animal when the gene is in its homozygous form, and the WHS line which at the moment has only been produced in its heterozygous form that is phenotypically IDENTICAL with the BHB line.

*I do have an adult female of my line that was growing follicles this year but unfortunately reabsorbed.

*I did not purchase my animals from BHB and while myself and many others believe them to be the exact same gene they are not the same line. Just think Coral Glow/Banana, Butter/Lesser, Lemon Pastel/Graziani Pastel/Citrus Pastel and so on.

Below is a side by side comparison of the BHB line on the left and a WHS Reptiles animal on the right.

*There is a separate morph that seems to fall in the same “complex” but is phenotypically different enough to know its not the same thing, it is possessed by NERD and is being called the Micro Scale.

Below is a side by side comparison of the BHB line Scaleless Head and a WHS Reptiles line Scaleless Head as well as NERDs Micro Scale. As you can see the Scaleless Heads have supralabial heat pits while the  Micro Scale does not.

Last year a local customer that I would describe as a novice hobbyist at best contacted me out of the blue. He told me about a couple of ball pythons that were described as being born with “weird heads” that were having issues with dry sheds on their heads. He knew that Brian had some animals with “weird heads” that were causing a lot of hype at the time and remembered me telling him a story about me passing on another animal just a few months prior that went on to sell for a lot of money. That animal actually turned out to be the Micro Scale which I passed on because it did not share the same traits as any Scaleless Head I had seen and its strange ventral scales had me convinced that it was simply an incubation deformity (turns out I was wrong lol). So he called me thinking I would be a buyer for animals with “weird heads” and looking to cash in.

I had visited BHB several times and was very familiar with the Scaleless Heads and how they looked in person and had been keeping my eye out for anything that looked promising. When I showed up I was shown what was a clutch of baby Ball Pythons that had just gone through their first shed and were not kept anywhere near moist enough. A few of them did indeed have some peculiar stuck shed on their heads and upon closer inspection of the rostal scale and body scales it was beyond obvious what I had found!!!!  Fortunately my customer was convinced that the mutation had come from Dad and that he would have more clutches of them coming soon so he was willing to sell me the whole clutch even the siblings and the Mom. But as soon as he showed me their Mother it was clear to me which parent indeed had passed on the gene!

Many people don’t realize that Scaleless Heads are much like Piebalds in that the level of missing scales can vary any where from just the smallest scale missing to a great many scales missing (think high white and low white Pieds) and Mom was clearly a very low expression girl, I honestly still can not find a missing scale on her head. My theory is that when she was a baby there was probably 1 or 2 visual missing scales but as she aged and her scales plumped up they most likely just cover that area now.  Luckily for me I was fortunate enough to know this type of look well because the original adult female at BHB was this same type of Scaleless Head. I learned from seeing and holding Brian’s original girl in the past and examining her babies that while the head may not appear to be scaleless the  rest of the body does not lie! The rostal scales always have a specific indention and ALL of the body scales are atypical and oddly shaped (though not so much so that they are texturally different as is the case with the Micro Scale).

So long story short I laid out a large sum of money (more than I have ever dreamed of spending on Ball Pythons) and took possession of the Mom and her offspring. My customer went on to hatch all of the clutches that were sired by the Father of my clutch with out ever producing another Scaleless Head. However, he remains very happy with the sale he made to me and we are on good terms.

It goes without saying that I believe in the scaleless project 100% or I would not have taken such a gamble. I think this is the biggest mutation we have ever seen in our industry and I am thrilled to be a part of it!!!!

A few months ago I teamed up with my long time friend Brock Wagner to help me roll out and manage this important project. If you have any interest in acquiring a WHS Line Scaleless Head you can reach out to either Brock or myself via email, text or phone call.