Tryton is a normal male and he hatched in April of 1999. He was our very first snake, and was purchased in September of 2000. Besides being our first snake, he is also very special to us because of his patterning, which seems to be reduced the closer it gets to his tail. Besides that, his pattern is relatively clean. Tryton is a bit of a sporadic feeder, but that is typical for adult males. He generally feeds relatively well in the hottest summer months, and tends to go off feed sooner than the rest of our collection. However, his weight is monitored closely, and he typically doesn't lose much weight during his months of refusing food. He typically weighs in at around 1,800-2,000 grams.
How He Got His Name: Tryton was named after King Triton in the movie "The Little Mermaid." When I got him, I had a fascination of snakes, but not a very thorough knowledge (though that changed quickly). When Tryton was first brought home, he was put in an at least secure cage, if not a proper one. He was given a heat rock and a water bowl, but no hide box (remember, my knowledge then was minimal). He therefore spent most of his time in his water bowl, which at the time I thought meant he loved water, and so he was named after the king of the seas from my favorite childhood movie. It wasn't long until I realized (after reading everything I could get my hands on about ball pythons) that he was actually trying to "hide" in his water bowl; that day I bought him a hide box, and the rest is history. His heat rock was also removed after learning of the dangers they pose. ("Spellings different?" you ask? Well, that's just because of me: I love spelling names oddly.)
Azrielle is a normal female that we acquired in July of 2005. She has a beautiful gold neck stripe and lighter-than-usual coloring for a normal. Her head is very blushed. We do not know her hatch date, as when she joined our collection, she was already a young adult. She is a consistent feeder, and has finally topped 3,000 grams in weight. She is one of two ball pythons in our collection that is feeding on large rats (Chloë is the other). She is also a good breeder, as she tends to lay 6-7 eggs each time we breed her.
How She Got Her Name: Azrael was a character in the Smurfs, and a name I felt was pretty for this girl, though until I looked up the meaning, it wasn't yet set as her name. In ancient Hebrew, her name means "help" and I thought that was exactly what she would do: at the time, i was trying to begin breeding snakes, and I certainly thought she would "help" with that. And yes, the spelling is changed because I like spelling things oddly.
Chloë is a normal female that was added to our collection in May of 2002; she was the second snake we bought. She was originally acquired in order to attempt breeding, but has quickly become an educational-show favorite due to her sweet nature. She is the largest of our collection, weighing in at around 3,300 grams (give or take depending on the time of year). She is the second ball python in our collection to be feeding on large rats (Azrielle is the other). She is a good feeder and a great breeder, as her clutches are generally large, ranging from 7-9 eggs.
How She Got Her Name: Back when I first got her, my husband and I were still discussing having children (human ones). We had narrowed down the names we liked for girls to Sevannah and/or Sierrah, though I still liked the name Chloe. Since we had never planned to have more than two children, I figured the name Chloë would never be used, so I decided to name my new snake Chloë. (And we've never had human children anyway.)
Spaz is very special to us; she was hatched here at Python Passion. Her parents are Tryton and Chloë, and when she hatched on July 24, 2007, she earned her name. She was the nippy one in the clutch, and we bonded with her as we tamed her. For the most part she is now a calm snake, though she still occasionally attempts to bite, but usually on or around feeding day, which should tell you she is an awesome feeder. She very rarely refuses a meal, even when she is in shed. Her crazy and busy pattern is loved by many. We still have not decided if we want to breed her or not; she was kept as a pet, but sometimes you never know how many normal females you will need!
How She Got Her Name: Spaz is actually short for "spastic," which I certainly felt she was as a hatchling. As noted above, she was the nippy one in the clutch, and you could never guess what was going to cause her to strike. Over the next year, she tamed down quite well, but during that time, she could still strike out for no apparent reason, and the nickname she'd been given, Spaz, seemed to suit her well. By the time she was tamed, the name Spaz had already stuck.
Alchemy hatched in 2006, though we do not know which month. He was acquired in 2007 as a baby, and was a very good feeder then. Since he has grown up, his feeding is a bit more sporadic, but that was expected. His unique pattern is easily recognizable due to his mostly black back and peculiar markings. He is a very calm snake, and seems to like being handled.
How He Got His Name: Alchemy was so named for his hidden gene, albinism, for which he is 100% het for. The term "alchemy" means the ability to transform something ordinary into something valuable, or in myth, the ability to turn ordinary objects into gold. Since he has the ability to produce gold and white babies, we thought this name was the most fitting for him.
Siennah arrived here in June of 2009. She hatched on August 18, 2008, and is a very good feeder. She can be nippy from time to time, and she did bite her first day here. However, that may have been an instance of stress from shipping, coupled with missing a meal before the shipment. Since she has settled in here, she will puff up and hiss a lot, but otherwise does not bite anymore, with the exception of post-ovulation (in which case she does seem to be a bit more particular about being handled). She is always quite fast and difficult to photograph. We fell in love with the peculiar marking on her neck that looks like a number three.
How She Got Her Name: "Sienna" means "reddish-orange" in English vocabulary. Since this snake was of the orange line of hypomelanistic, I thought this name suited her well. And of course, an "h" was added to the end because I like to spell things differently.
Maleficent hatched on August 4, 2009, and arrived here in September of 2009. We fell in love with her flames/blushing, and these are intensifying as she ages. She seems to be a very sweet, calm snake, and we look forward to what she will produce in the future! We hope she is ready to breed by the 2012-2013 season. If both her and our butter male are up to breeding size, they will be paired together.
How She Got Her Name: "Maleficent" was the evil villianess character in the movie "Sleeping Beauty." Her castle was surrounded by flames, and when she turned herself into a dragon at the end of the movie, she blew flames. The flames on the sides of this girl were so intense as a baby, that I was reminded of the constant flames around Maleficent, and thus her name was chosen. The flames on this snake have only intensified as she had gotten older, and so it seems she was aptly named.
Megara arrived on October 20, 2009. She hatched on October 1, 2009, and she is a very special girl. In addition to being a cinnamon pastel, she is also a ringer! The cinnamon pastel morph is co-dominant, and the "super" form of this morph is a solid black/brown patternless ball python. The "ringer" trait is not completely understood, but many don't think it is genetic as of now. However, she is very pleasing to look at! We have decided to pair with with a piebald in hopes of eventually producing a super cinnamon piebald.
How She Got Her Name: Megara was a character in the movie "Hercules." She was the girl Hercules eventually fell in love with, and since I had originally planned to breed this girl to my male piebald (whose name was Hercules), I thought this was fitting. Sadly, we lost Hercules to reasons unknown in late 2012; however he had sired a clutch of eggs prior to his death, and his piebald son will eventually be bred to Megara.
Midas joined our collection in September 2010 as an 1100-gram adult. His bright yellow coloring, minimal browning out, and unique pattern were all part of choosing him for our collection. His gold neck stripes and "wishbone" style pattern on his head are truly beautiful characteristics that we love about him. We are looking forward to some of the projects we can work him into!
How He Got His Name: Midas was the king in Greek mythology that was blessed with the golden touch. Since this snake was so brightly colored, even as an adult, I thought Midas fit him well. His offspring have also proven to be brightly colored, at least as youngsters, so his "touch" on the offspring seems to be "golden" as well.
Nagini is the product of a joint project with Quiet Tempest Reptiles. We loaned our male piebald, Hercules (who sadly passed away in late 2012 to reasons unknown), to Sandy at Quiet Tempest Reptiles to pair with her het piebald female, Kyriel, in 2010-2011. Kyriel went on to produce 4 eggs in the spring of 2011, 3 of which hatched out piebalds! Nagini hatched on September 23, 2011, and joined our collection soon thereafter. She is a beautiful and very sweet girl, and we hope she will assist in our cinnamon/piebald project when she is big enough. Getting her big enough now seems to be the biggest obstacle, as she is a very finicky feeder.
How She Got Her Name: One of the snakes in recent years that does not have a name from Greek mythology, Nagini was the name of the pet snake of Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series. Since reading the books and seeing the movies, I always wanted to name one of my snakes Nagini, but it never seemed to fit for any of the others, since mostly what I was adding were boys. Since this one was a girl, the name was fitting for her.
Persephone hatched on May 31, 2012, right here at Python Passion. She is the daughter ofand Alchemy, one of our 100% het albinos and the female 100% het albino that we've sold. Persephone is a very sweet and inquisitive little girl, and we look forward to getting to know her even better in the years to come. We hope to produce more albinos with her one day, in addition to some other projects we may work her into, such as albino cinnamons. An albino ball python is what sparked our interest in ball pythons here at Python Passion, and we are thrilled that we produced this little girl and are extremely excited to add her to our collection. Persephone was a bit odd in her beginning feeding habits: she would not take live feeders, as most babies do when they begin feeding. When offered a frozen/thawed rat pup though, she constricted it without hesitation, and she has been a vicious feeder on that type of prey ever since. At least we'll never have to worry about switching her over to frozen/thawed prey--that's all she wants! She is growing quickly, and we have hopes of her being able to reproduce in either the 2013-2014 season or the 2014-2015 season. Time will tell, because of course we will not breed her until she reaches at least 1,500 grams in weight and her overall body condition is to our liking. But her appetite as of now suggests she will be ready to breed earlier than her mother, who was nearly 5 years old before she was ready.
How She Got Her Name: Persephone is the Greek goddess of springtime. Since this girl was yellow and white, she reminded us of springtime, and her name was given.
Poseidon is a male butter het hypo that we added to our collection on August 18, 2012. He is an early 2012 baby, but when we purchased him, he was already well over 600 grams in weight. So far, as his growth would suggest, he is a great feeder. He also has a sweet personality. We are certainly planning to breed him to our hypo female in the hopes of producing some hypo butters (and if we're lucky, in 2013). We still aren't sure exactly what else we might have in mind for him, but we certainly have some other possibilities.
How He Got His Name: Poseidon, the god of the sea, is one of the "Big Three" gods in Greek mythology, along with his two brothers Zeus and Hades. Since our favorite designer ball python morphs are Honeybees (Spider Ghosts/Hypos), Blue-Eyed Leucistics, and Butter Ghosts/Hypos, those are our own particular "Big Three" and Poseidon is a big part of that.
Zeus is a male pinstripe het hypo. We aren't sure when he hatched, as when we acquired him on August 19, 2012, he was already a proven breeder; however, we are guessing him to be a 2010 or 2011 baby. This guy is a great feeder, but a bit quirky about his face being touched for some reason. This makes corralling him for photographing difficult, since a gentle touch to the nose or side of his face makes him want to move, and quickly! He is a very sweet guy, though, and we are looking forward to what we can produce with him!
How He Got His Name: He was named Zeus because his pinstriping resembled lightning bolts running all throughout his body, reminding us of the Greek god of the skies, whose symbol and most powerful weapon is his lightning bolts.
Voldemort arrived here in early October 2012, and was already a proven breeder. He is a 2009 hatchling. This guy surprised us when he was not only extremely calm straight out of the shipping box, but he also fed on his first day here! His personality is sweet and extremely laid back, despite his vicious feeding habits. We can't wait to see what he will produce for us!
How He Got His Name: Voldemort is the eventual mate to our female piebald, Nagini, once she gains sufficient breeding weight. Harry fans will understand the connection at once.
Anicetus, like Nagini, is the product of a joint project between myself and Sandy at Quiet Tempest Reptiles. Our piebald male, Hercules, who passed away in late 2012 for reasons unknown, was loaned to Sandy for pairing with her het piebald female, Kyriel. Kyriel's 2012 clutch produced 4 eggs, 2 of which hatched out piebalds. Of the two piebalds, one was female, which Sandy kept; the other was a male, which Sandy kindly offered to me since I had recently lost his father, Hercules. As soon as I saw a picture of this boy, I knew I wanted him: he looks so much like his father, with a gold stripe running down his back, very similar white markings, and nearly fluorescent orange coloring. I soon found out that the similarities weren't merely on the surface; he also has a lot of his father's habits (like waiting until feeding day to do his business--every week without fail, that's when he goes, just like his father used to do). He reminds me so much of his sire that I lost, so his name is certainly fitting (see below). Of course, this also means that both he and Nagini, though not from the same clutch, are indeed full siblings; this also means that these two will not be paired to each other. We do have some plans with our unrelated pair of cinnamons with regard to these piebalds, so we will definitely be using both of them when they reach breeding weight in a few more years.
How He Got His Name: In Greek mythology, Hercules had several children with various wives throughout his mortal life; however, when he was made one of the immortals, he was given a wife on Olympus by the name of Hebe, who bore him twin sons: Alexiares and Anicetus. Anicetus means "the unconquerable one" and we hope this will indeed be the case with this male.
Morpheus is a 2010 hatchling who was added to our collection on December 24, 2012 as an already grown, proven breeder male. When it comes to designer ball python morphs, the honeybee was our "holy grail" of sorts, so we were extremely pleased to find this male semi-locally, and drove the 3-hour trip to purchase him. He is currently the pride of our collection and our first designer morph. He is a bit of a shy boy, as handling him seems to make him a bit nervous, so we try to limit that as much as possible with him, while still trying to help him realize that people won't hurt him. He is a very sweet boy, though, and is certainly loved here!
How He Got His Name: Morpheus in Greek mythology is the god of dreams, and has the ability to appear in any form in a human's dream. Since this was our "dream designer" morph and he appeared in our daydreams at least quite often, we thought this was a perfectly fitting name for him.
Boreas was hatched right here at Python Passion, and is the product of a Butter Male to Lesser Female pairing. His parents are Hades (which has now been sold, since this guy was able to replace his father as a breeder) and Maleficent. When Boreas hatched on July 18, 2013, we were overjoyed! We had hoped for a female, but as the only BEL in a clutch of 4 eggs, we were still happy to have him. He quickly proved his place here, as he has always been a great feeder in addition to his super-sweet personality. He appears to be a very white version of the BEL, as it is very difficult to discern pattern on him anywhere. Though we'd hoped for a girl, we still couldn't complain with the hatching of this little boy! We're still hoping for a girl in the future though, and hope to produce one in the 2014 hatching season.
How He Got His Name: Boreas in Greek mythology is the god of the North Wind. His blizzard-like white appearance made this a fitting name for him.
Hera is another member of our collection that we hatched here; her parents are Poseidon and Siennah, and she hatched on August 13, 2013. She was one of a clutch of 9 eggs, consisting of 1 het hypo, 2 hypos, 4 butter het hypos, and 2 hypo butters. We had really hoped to hatch a female hypo butter, but since we did not, we held this girl back, the only butter het hypo of the 4 that was female. She seems to be a good eater and well on her way to becoming a breeder for us in the future. She is usually a bit shy, but otherwise has a great personality.
How She Got Her Name: Hera, in Greek mythology, is the goddess of marriage and fertility, and we certainly hope she lives up to that (well, the fertility part anyway). We have several males we can pair her with in the future: honeybee, pinstripe het hypo, or perhaps even another butter het hypo.
Thanatos joined our collection in late September 2013 and nearly at breeding size. He's been a slightly picky eater, but not too bad about it. He is a very sweet boy, however, and began breeding for us almost as soon as he completed his quarantine period. His dark super sable pattern reminds us of the Angolan Python, which is the closest relative of the Ball Python.
How He Got His Name: Thanatos is the god of gentle or nonviolent death in Greek mythology, and with his really dark pattern and sweet personality, we felt this was an appropriate name for him.
Khione, like Boreas, was hatched right here at Python Passion, and is the product of a Butter X Lesser pairing. Out of a 6-egg clutch, she was the only Blue-Eyed Leucistic to hatch, and we were thrilled to discover that she was a female. She hatched in July of 2014. So far, she has proven to be a great feeder (though she did have a slow start), and has as sweet of a personality as her big brother Boreas. Also like her big brother, she is a very white patternless snake, with no markings that we can discern.
How She Got Her Name: Khione is the snow goddess in Greek mythology, and due to her solid-white appearance, we thought this suited her well.
Tisiphone was added to our collection on September 7, 2014. She was purchased from Steve Beamer at Reptile Collective. When we saw her bright pastel coloring, despite the fact that she's also a sable, we couldn't pass her up. This beautiful girl has a couple of options for future mates: Midas, our pastel; or Thanatos, our super sable male. Super pastel sables or super sable pastels are something we hope to produce with her one day. She is also 66% possible het for both albino and piebald, so we hope to prove out one or both of those traits as well sometime in the future.
How She Got Her Name: Due to her genetics as a sable, which is a very dark morph, we decided a name pertaining to something from the Underworld from greek mythology would fit her best. Tisiphone was one of the three Furies, known for avenging murder.
Apollo was added to our collection in September of 2015. After longing for a super stripe after a semi-local friend got my attention directed on them, when we had the opportunity to add this guy to our collection, we just couldn't pass it up. This guy was only around 500 grams when we bought him, but he has proven to be an great feeder and and even better breeder, as he is being used for a joint project with Daniel Shahan at Daniel's Crazy Balls.
How He Got His Name: Due to his circular markings along his sides and his high yellow coloring, we thought the greek god of the sun was a most appropriate name for him.
Hecate is another of our collection that was produced right here at Python Passion. Her mother is Siennah, and her father is Thanatos. She hatched in August of 2015. She has been a great eater so far, and we have some great plans for her involving our pinstripe het ghost male, Zeus. Her personality has been a little iffy, as she seems to be quite a talker but so far has not been one to strike very much. We're still building our trust with this beautiful girl, and we're sure that she will continue to calm down as she ages and gains more size.
How She Got Her Name: Hecate in greek mythology is the goddess of ghosts, the moon, and magic (among other things). With her dark coloring of sable, she really reminded us of darkness (when the moon would be out), and her being het for ghost also made for Hecate being the perfect fit.
Hestia was added to our collection in October of 2015. She was produced by Malcolm Pugh of Artisan Reptiles. She has proven to be a bit of a "talker" as she tends to hiss quite a bit, but her bark is definitely worse than her bite: she has never once struck at anyone. She is a great eater that is growing steadily. We are still narrowing down exactly what projects we want to work her into, but the possibilities are amazing!
How She Got Her Name: Hestia is greek mythology is the goddess of the hearth and home. She is the goddess that keeps the hearth fire going, and she is a very warm and welcoming goddess. The warm orange coloring on this girl reminded us of a warm and welcoming fire in the fireplace, and thus, Hestia seemed a perfect fit.
Hyperion was added to our collection on July 4th, 2016. This beautiful boy has proven to be a great eater and a great breeder, as he first locked up with a female the first time we bred him. As of spring 2017, he's been breeding Khione, our female Blue-Eyed Leucistic, and we hope to produce some mystic butters or possibly even mystic butter pastels. We still have yet to determine what else to pair him with, but I'm sure we'll find another great morph to put him to!
How He Got His Name: In Greek mythology, Hyperion is the Titan of light, and since this boy is so bright, both from being pastel and the lightening from mystic, we though this was a fitting name for him.
Athena finally joined our collection on July 28, 2016, when she hatched from her egg right here at Python Passion. This girl was long overdue for us, as we had hoped to produce her in 2013, the year her mother, Hera, hatched. Hera will eventually be replaced by this girl, but we have at least a 2-year wait until that time arrives. Athena hatched out to be a bit sassy, but has since calmed in the first 6 months of her life, and she is getting used to being handled. She has proven to be a great eater so far, and comes from our line of orange ghosts that seem to produce larger-than-average clutches of eggs. We have high hopes for her in the future as a breeder.
How She Got Her Name: Athena in Greek mythology is goddess of wisdom and battle strategy. We certainly gained some wisdom over the years while we were waiting for her to be produced! In addition, she is key to our "battle strategy" of sorts when it comes to breeding--we plan to use her for producing several high-end designers in the future.
Aristaeus joined our collection on July 28, 2016, the same day as his clutchmate and sister, Athena. This boy is currently the jewel of our collection, as he is the first triple gene animal to be produced here. He is a butter spider orange ghost, which we call a HoneyButter Bee, since he's a honeybee in addition to being a butter. Whoever first produced this morph did not give it a name (other than Butter Spider Orange Ghost), so while our name may not be an "official" name for this morph, we like it. Aristaeus is a sweet, friendly boy, and has been since the day he crawled from his egg. He's also a great eater, and reached 300 grams by 6 months of age. He may even breed in the 2017-2018 season, though time will tell. We will not push him to reach breeding size by then, but if he does we will be more than pleased.
How He Got His Name: Aristaeus is the god of bee-keeping, honey-making, and honey-mead. Since he is what we call a HoneyButter Bee, we thought this fitting for him.