As most of you know, it's been quite some time since I've really had my attention on blood python morphs of any sort. It's not that I don't like them - I'd be crazy not to - but my first love will always be selectively-bred "normal" bloods and short-tails. Every once in a while though, a snake comes along that I just can't live without...or in this case, several!
In early October, I came across a post on Facebook featuring a very nice clutch of T+ albinos hatched by Angelica Rudow (aka Blood Evolution). They were beautiful babies and a couple of them really caught my eye, so I reached out to Angelica to make an inquiry. As it turns out, the clutch was a bit of a surprise as Angelica's female T+ albino had retained sperm from a breeding nearly *two years* prior!
Now, for those of you who don't know Angelica, let me give you a bit of insight: on top of breeding some beautiful blood pythons, Angelica is an agriculture teacher extraordinaire. From managing her school's ag program, to raising and processing poultry for FFA Thanksgiving meals, to cultivating and canning an extensive garden, and raising champion exhibition chickens, Angelica is one amazing gal...and amazingly busy.
With this in mind, I'm going to tangent a bit here before we circle back around to blood pythons, and ask all of my readers to consider something next time you have to vote on anything having to do with teacher salaries: There are some purely fantastic folks in this world who are going above and beyond to help ensure our kids get the most out of their education, and in many communities these teachers are highly underappreciated and underpaid. This is something that is only going to change when those of us in said communities get together and vote, and use our vote to say "enough is enough!" Let's all make an effort to support those teachers who are supporting our next generation of leaders, farmers, doctors, scientists, and everything else we've told them they can be if they work hard, buckle down and apply themselves. Got it? GOOD!
So, back to the blood pythons...with everything Angelica has had going on this autumn, starting and raising a clutch of baby bloods would turn her already-packed schedule into something just short of crazy. When I inquired about the babies, she made me an offer I couldn't refuse, and this gorgeous clutch of T+ albinos made the trek from Arizona to Iowa in short order. They arrived at TBC just in time to get settled in for their first meals, which they all took with gusto and hit the ground...slithering (yeah, I went there).