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 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 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 Chloë . 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've produced some BELs with her, including our female BEL, Khione.
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.
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 of Albionne and Alchemy, our 100% het albino male 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!
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.
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.
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's turned out to be an excellent breeder like her mother. Her first clutch was 8 good eggs and 2 infertiles. Her second clutch was simply 8 good eggs and no bad ones. Her third clutch of 7 is currently int he incubator.
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've paired her with over the years: honeybee, pinstripe het hypo, and HoneyButter Bee (spider butter orange ghost).
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 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 a very sweet of a personality. 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.
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 a great feeder and breeder. We've also added a female spider yellowbelly orange dream to our collection to eventually pair with this guy. She's not quite up to weight yet, but we are excited about the future with her!
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. During the 2018-2019 season, we bred him to our special in hopes of producing pastel crystals, but unfortunately the female never laid eggs.
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: HoneyButter Bee Male
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.
Tyche hatched right here at Python Passion on August 19, 2017. She has always been a bit sassy, but that seems to run in her line, as her grandmother and mother are both "talkers." This little lady also used to bite when she was a youngster, but has mostly grown out of it now. She is settling as she ages. She is a great feeder however, and we hope she'll be ready to breed in the 2019-2020 season! We call this the HoneyButter Pin, since it is very similar to the HoneyButter Bee. Technically, a pinstripe lesser orange ghost had been produced before this girl hatched, but we were the first to use the butter gene to produce this combo; lesser and butter are in effect the same gene, just different breeder lines, so we can't really claim "world's first" with her in many respects, but take it as you will.
How She Got Her Name: Producing this female was a long shot; her parents are Hera (Butter het Orange Ghost) and Zeus (Pinstripe het Orange Ghost), and at the time, we weren't even sure the male pinstripe was indeed a het, as he had not come with paperwork. But still, we paired the two and hoped for the best. We were really hoping to hit the triple gene, and we really wanted a female, since we had produced a male HoneyButter Bee (Spider Butter Orange Ghost) the previous season. We got 8 eggs,a nd all 8 hatched, two of which were visual orange ghosts, sot he male had proven to be a het! And as luck would have it, one of the two visual orange ghosts had also hit on both butter and pinstripe as well! We held our breath and sexed the only triple-gene baby int he clutch: FEMALE! In Greek mythology, Tyche is the goddess of luck, and luck was definitely on our side when we produced her!
Since we had a male super stripe, we needed a great female to pair with him one day. We knew we needed something yellowbelly, and we also wanted to add orange dream into our collection at some point. When we stumbled across this little gem in the fall of 2017, we couldn't pass her up. Her color really popped,a nd in additon to being both yellowbelly and orange dream, she was also spider. We hope to produce some nice super stripe spider orange dreams with her one day! She comes fromt eh Ozzy Boids line of orange dream, and she may even carry the Xtreme orange dream gene! She absolutely pops, and pictures don't do her justice.
How She Got Her Name: We have had horrible odds most years when it came to breeding, but but the 2016-2017 season had the Odd Gods smiling down on us. Between 2 clutches (11 total eggs), we produced 7 BELs! Those all sold within 2 months of availability, and we actually had some money to spend on purchasing a new animal.. Nemesis in Greek mythology is the goddess of revenge, but she is also the "equalizer." Since she came from funds we'd gotten when our odds had finally "equalized" we thought this a fitting name for her.
Demeter joined our collection in the spring of 2018. We had always wanted to add harlequin to our collection at some point, and we had always held off on adding a fire due to the coloring present on the backs of the super fires (black-eyed leucistics); the lemonback is another line of fire that has little to no coloring present along the back of the super form, so we decided to add this gene to our collection instead. This girl is also a possible het for orange ghost as well.
How She Got Her Name: Demeter is the goddess of the harvest, and is usually depicted with wheat; the wheat-colored gold on this girl made us think of that particular goddess.
Artemis joined our collection in the fall of 2018. We've always wanted to add a leopard to our collection, and not only was this girl a leopard, but she was also a super bright pastel! We are extremely picky about the pastel genes we add to our breeding stock, but this girl passed the inspection and made the cut! She's still young, but we hope her bright coloring will hold into adulthood.
How She Got Her Name: Artemis is the goddess of the hunt and protector of animals in Greek mythology, and since this girl's morph was leopard, we thought this fitting for her.
We always wanted to branch out from ball pythons one day, and in addition to adding a blood python and a green tree python, we also wanted an Angolan python. When a semi-local friend landed a breeding pair of them, we knew it was only a matter of time. When Steve Beamer at Reptile Collective produced hatchlings in 2018, we immediately contacted him about purchasing a female. This girl joined us in August of 2018. It has been great getting to know her. She's nothing like the ball pythons, as she is super-inquisitive and always moving. She's also a much better eater than the ball pythons, as she has yet to refuse a meal when she isn't in shed.
How She Got Her Name: Most of our ball pythons are named after gods in Greek mythology, since that is an interest of ours. However, for the other species, we wanted to go a different route. Since it was highly unlikely we would have more than one or two of any other particular species, we decided to use the Roman mythology names for those. Since this female Angolan python is the first other species we have acquired, she was named after the Roman queen of the heavens, Juno. Eventually, we will add a male as well, whose name will be Jupiter.