My little pal GloWorm died. Green Tree Pythons are fragile creatures, subject to stomach and intestinal prolapse. He was fine when I checked him, dead when I checked him next. Knowing that's how it goes sometimes doesn't help much.
Glo took forever to turn green-he was the eternal youngster. He had just started to turn blue-a highly sought after trait, and still somewhat rare....so to get one on your first pick of a yellow hatchling is like grabbing the brass ring.
That he was so special and rare makes his passing that much harder to take, but it's nothing like the mind numbing shock of losing a whole colony. However, I thought he was special and rare before he started to turn blue-he was an amazing little snake.
When I get back from vacation I've decided to cool the ball pythons and see what happens. Not Domino-she's too young. But Lucy and Ethel are ready now, and poor Godfather has been ready for the longest time. I'll be doing a cross that hasn't been done very much-so it will be interesting to see the resulting offspring. I've decided to breed both sisters to the same male, to get a better chance of seeing if anything that crops up is genetic or a random fluke.
It's a choice that means sacrificing sure fire financial gain (Lucy and Ethel are Clowns, a desirable but recessive trait) for the unknown. If I put them with a Clown male, I'd have a pile of little moneymakers, but I'd be a year behind on discovering anything new. On to discovery I say!
Glo did a lot for me, but the biggest thing he did was he renewed my interest in taking a chance. I really love him for that.