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Hello and welcome to the Python Passion website. We are pleased that you took the time to visit our site. Feel free to browse around! We have a lot of ball python information available on our site that we hope is useful to you. Also, if you're looking to acquire a ball python as a pet or breeder, we hope you will visit our Available Animals page.
Python Passion is located in Maryville, Tennessee, just south of Knoxville, and specializes in captive bred ball pythons. Currently, we have 20 ball pythons in our collection and photos of those animals are available on the "Our Collection" page.
Python Passion believes in quality animals, not quantity. Our breeder animals are carefully selected for their color and/or pattern; we are not looking for the cheapest breeders we can find, we look for the highest quality breeders we can find. We are reptile hobbyists and we are not in this to make profit. This is something we do because we love the animal and breeding them is an joy to us. Any money we bring in goes back into caging, food, equipment, etc. for our collection. Here are the ways we are trying to make sure our animals are healthy:
We believe the key to healthy baby snakes is to begin with healthy adult snakes. We do not house any of our adults in rack systems. We believe that an animal should have a warm side and a cool side in order to properly regulate its body temperature; therefore, all of our adults are housed in large enclosures. All of our adults are housed in stackables from Animal Plastics. The stackables keep more consistent temperature and humidity than glass tanks, but are roomier than racks and allow for lighting cycles. You will see pictures of a rack system on our site from time to time as we do use them to house babies right after hatching. When babies hatch, there are so many to house all at once that a rack is our only option.
All baby snakes must establish a feeding pattern before we offer it for sale. Only when the baby establishes a regular feeding pattern and shows all signs of being healthy will we label it a "for sale" animal.
Python Passion technically began in September of 2000 with the acquisition of Tryton, a normal male ball python. Back then, breeding snakes hadn't even crossed our minds. However, as most reptile keepers know, ball pythons are an addiction, so we soon found ourselves wanting to give breeding a try.
In May of 2002, we bought Chloe, a normal female ball python. We did fine with the actual breeding, and Chloe produced a clutch of 4 eggs in the spring of 2003. We decided to let her maternally incubate the eggs; however, it is very difficult to keep the eggs at the proper temperature and humidity inside the female's tank for the entire 50-60 day duration of incubation, and the eggs perished.
We did not attempt breeding again until the 2004-2005 season. Chloe produced another clutch in the spring of 2005 that contained 6 eggs. We were still new at this, so we did not even attempt to candle the eggs. We simply put them in an incubator. The incubator, as we found out later, did not hold humidity well at all. Again, this clutch of eggs perished.
In July of 2005, we attained another female ball python, which we named Azrielle. We bred Tryton and Azrielle during the 2005-2006 season, and Azrielle laid a clutch of 6 eggs (3 slugs) in the spring of 2006. Again, we had not candled the eggs, and I do not believe the "good" eggs were fertile as it was Azrielle's first clutch.
In the 2006-2007 season, we again bred Chloe to Tryton. In the spring of 2007, Chloe laid a clutch of 7 eggs, which all candled good. During incubation, we had a little water drip down onto one egg, which killed it. There was also an egg at the top of the pile that we believe dried out too much as it too did not hatch. However, five babies did hatch from the remaining eggs in that clutch, and as a reminder to us of our first successful clutch, we kept one of the babies from that pairing. She is known as Spaz; her pictures are available in the "Our Collection" section.
Also during the spring of 2007, we decided to try to add a morph to our collection. However, with limited funds, our best bet was to purchase a heterozygous animal. We had always admired the beautiful albino ball python, so this is the morph we decided to try to produce. We found a het albino male with markings we loved, and Alchemy (as we named him) arrived in April of 2007. With the male in our collection, we then of course needed a female. We soon found what we were looking for and got a deal on a pair of het albinos (one male, one female) from Oklahoma. Albionne (the female) and Algol (the male) arrived safely in October of 2007. Since we were getting into morphs, a name needed to be given to our home-based business, so Python Passion was born.
During the 2007-2008 breeding season, we bred Azrielle to Tryton. Azrielle laid a clutch of 7 healthy eggs on April 29, 2008. Five of those eggs hatched; one was a female and four were males. Hatching began on 6/25/2008 and the final baby emerged on 6/28/2008.
That same season, we bred Alchemy to Chloe to produce a clutch of 50% possible het albinos. Chloe laid her clutch of 9 healthy eggs on July 7, 2008. All nine eggs hatched, with a ratio of two males and seven females.
In October of 2008, we added a spider morph ball python to our collection; he is an '08 that we have named Mushu. He really has such a personality, and is quite a ham for the cameras.
During the 2008-2009 breeding season, we paired Alchemy to Azrielle for another clutch of 50% possible het for albino babies during the spring of 2009. This clutch was laid on May 12, and the babies hatched between July 6 and July 8.
In June of 2009, we added an '08 female orange ghost to our collection. We have already begun pairing her with the spider this season; we hope she gives us a nice healthy clutch for her first breeding year.
In September of 2009, we added an '09 female lesser platinum ball python. The lesser female is essential to the morphs we'd like to produce here at Python Passion, including lesser bees, perhaps some lesser ghosts and/or lesser pieds, and the coveted blue-eyed leucistic.
In October of 2009 we were able to acquire a cinnamon pastel ringer ball python from Snowballs Ball Pythons. This new addition is a female. We hope to pair her with our piebald in hopes of one day producing a cinnamon piebald (or even a super cinnamon piebald), though we are still considering working her into an albino project.
The 2009-2010 breeding season contained one paired set and one clutch of eggs: a normal female bred to a male spider. We produced 7 eggs in this clutch, all of which hatched. These 7 eggs produced 4 spiders and 3 normals. However, not all of our 2010 babies made it to our website; we had a couple of pre-sales. I am glad to see our hard work here is paying off, and hopefully our customers and potential customers are realizing how much we truly care about the animals we are producing.
In March of 2010 we added a male piebald ball python to our collection. He is one of the ingredients we needed to produce a super cinnamon piebald and besides that, we have always admired the piebald. He is a real asset to our collection here, and are excited about our joint project with Quiet Tempest Reptiles using this guy as a breeder.
In June of 2011, we finally acquired the male butter we had been wanting. He is a 2011 baby, but is growing quickly. We hope to use him for breeding this season if he gains sufficient weight; if he does not, then we will breed him next season.
In September 2011, when our joint project with Quiet Tempest Reptiles yeilded us some piebald offspring, we held back a female piebald. We hope to use her in the future to assist in our super cinnamon piebald project.
In 2012, we added 3 additional ball pythons to our collection. The first is Persephone, the female albino we hatched out here at Python Passion on May 31, 2012. The second and third, Poseidon (a male butter het hypo) and Zeus (a male proven breeder pinstripe het hypo) were added during the weekend of the Nashville Repticon show, August 18-19, 2012, at which we vended.
We are small but growing here at Python Passion, and are very excited about some of the future projects we hope to work on. We hope you will come back and visit us often to see how we are progressing. If you ever have a question you would like for us to answer, please contact us! We are always here to help in any way we can.