Well the first post of 2012 is good and bad...first on a personal note, today 3 years ago Daddy died. He
was a great man and I miss him dearly every single day. On to the snakes, I had
a first this past weekend. Even though inventory was low, I completely sold out
at Repticon Charlotte!! That was a great feeling but will limit us to no more
shows until probably July. Breeding going good and starting to see some
ovulations. We look forward to our best season yet. Thanks to all of you, its
gonna be hard to beat 2011!!! I will once again track all clutches on here and
will have pics on Facebook. Look me up if we are not already friends. My
personal page is, Frankie Burney, and my business page is Fat Boys Ball
Pythons. Get ready 2012 here we come!! If you havent already got a Fat Boys
animal in your collection then 2012 will definatly be the year to do so!!!
December 23, 2011
Wow...been a while since I blogged. First of all...MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone. I hope you have a fun and safe holiday season. Breeding season is in full swing. We are doing several
recessive breeding including Pieds, Albinos, Caramels, and Hypos. We are doing
lots of codom X codom breedings this season too. Some of the highlight
breedings are LesserBee X BumbleBee, Lesser X Enchi, Black Pastel X Lesser,
Lesser X Pinstripe, Mojave X Mojave, LesserBee X Spider and many more. We are
also still doing our codom X normal pairings for the show circuit. Things are
looking good and this should prove out to be the best year at Fat Boys yet!!!
November 7, 2011
The old saying Gotta take the bad with the good is a must to live by in the reptile business. After getting skunked in Atlanta last month we had a great Columbia show this weekend!!
Thanks to everyone who stopped by and visited, hung out, and bought animals.
Everyone needs a Fat Boys animal on their collection!!
September 26, 2011
Time to rant a little (I very seldom do that) I love the reptile
industry. I love working with the animals, I love doing shows, but I hate the
DRAMA involved. I have never been a big fan of drama. Before, during, and after
shows all you heard is this vendor talking crap about that vendor...one
promoters show is better than the others...complaining about the venue...trying
to steal sales...undercutting each others prices...complaining about who they
are set up beside...worried about who is making more money than them, you cant
spend it. I have been guilty of complaining every now and then but I will not
get caught up in the DRAMA. I will keep a level head and open mind. I challenge
others in the reptile industry to do the same. Love each other and stop the
DRAMA. If you cant say anything good....well, you know the
September 22, 2011
Well the bator is off...the last albino
egg went bad. I had a great year, guess albinos were just not in the plans. Now
the breeding starts all over again so I can fill it up again with bigger and
September 11, 2011
GOD BLESS THE USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!
September 11, 2011
Just organized and weighed females preparing for the 2011-12 breeding season. This season I will be
breeding a total of 48 females including 17 Morph females and 7 recessive hets.
September 10, 2011
Fat Boys Ball Pythons has moved up into modern technology. I now have a smart phone with a credit card reader. Can even take cards over the phone. So you have no excuses now...Buy a snake!!
September 9, 2011
With my computer crashing I have not updated my last few clutches. #17 was 0.4 normals. #18 was great.. 2.1 spider/fires and 1.1 fires. #19 not bad either. 2.0 pewters and 1.2 pastels.
August 29, 2011
Clutch #16 are out of the eggs. Got 1.1 Pieds, 0.2 Het Pieds, and 0.1 Het Pied Ringer.
August 22, 2011
Clutch #14 are out of the eggs...Got 0.1 Pastel, 0.1 Spider, and 1.0
Bee. Had a normal die in the egg. Clutch #15 is also out. Only one egg
survived, got 0.1 Het Hypo.
August 18, 2011
Clutch #13 are out of the eggs. One egg went bad during incubation, ended up with 1.0 normal
and 0.1 Mojave.
August 15, 2011
Looks like the 2011 season may be over. Have
4 or 5 more girls that I thought may go but they are eating weekly now and just
not acting the part. I am VERY happy with my season and look forward to
starting all over again in a couple months!!...........Later.........Frankie
August 14, 2011
All of clutch #12 are out of the eggs....Got 1.1 normals and 0.2 Super Cinnys. Was
hoping for a male super but I will take the little girls.
Clutch #11 are out of the eggs...Got 1.2 normals and 1.2 Cinnys. One
Super Cinny has came out in clutch #12. Its a female and has a slight duckbill.
I think its cute. Will have some decisions to make with her. Maybe the 2nd one
will be a male.
August 11, 2011
Clutch #10 are out of the eggs...Got 1.2 normals, 2.1 Mojaves, and 1.0 Super Mojave BEL. The BEL is definately a keeper!!!
August 10, 2011
Clutch #9 are out of the eggs...2.1 normals and 0.3 Pinstripes.
August 5, 2011
Clutch #8 are out of the eggs. Ended up with a female Caramel and 1.4 possible het Caramels.
The little Caramel chick is perfect!! No runs, no kinks, no errors....
August 3, 2011
First of all I want to say happy birthday to my wife, Christy. She is my best friend,
my herp partner, my life. Love you Babe.
Clutch #7 are out of the eggs. 0.1 normal and 2.2
Yellowbellies. Good looking YBs but nothing like last year. The Caramel is out
and its a female. Sure was hoping she would be a he!!!!.....
August 2, 2011
Clutch #6 has hatched...we got 1.0 normals and 3.1 Black Pastels!! I will take
July 22, 2011
Clutch # 5 are out of the eggs. 2 eggs went bad
in the bator. Ended up with 0.1 normals and 2.2 black pastels...Great odds!!!!
July 19, 2010
Clutch #4 are out of the eggs...not good odds,
morph wise or sex wise. Ended up with 4.1 normals and 3.0 Lessers.
July 18, 2011
2011 Clutch #20 is in the bator. Albino X Het Albino. 4 good eggs,
1 slug. With 20 clutches, 104 viable eggs, and 5 or so more clutches to be
laid, this is by far the best season ever here at Fat Boys Ball Pythons. We
love working with the animals. Thanks to you all.
July 17, 2011
2011 clutch #19 is in the bator. Cinny/Blk Pastel X Pastel. 5 good eggs. Really need a male
July 16, 2011
2011 clutch #18 is in the bator. Pastel/Pin/Fire/Bee X Spider. 5 good eggs.
Witnessed locks from the Pin and Fire. Will take what I get but Fireflys will be nice!
July 10, 2011
Clutch #17 is in the bator. This is a dinker male I call an IMG X
normal female. Lets see if any of the babies come out with his unusual
July 5, 2011
2011 clutch #16 is in the bator. Pied X Het Pied. 5 good eggs.
June 27, 2011
2011 clutch #15 laid today. 1 good egg and 5 slugs. This is from Hypo X het Hypo. Not complaining. Took 81 eggs this season before getting my first slug. I will take that!!
June 26, 2011
2011 clutch #14 is in the bator. This is Lesser/Black Pastel/Spider X Pastel. This
will be a fun Whos yo daddy clutch!! I witnessed locks from all 3 males.
June 24, 2011
Clutch #3 is out. With help from some snake buddies I have declared 1.1
normals and 1.2 fires. I will keep the nicer female fire and the other 2 will be up for grabs soon.
Fathers Day was good to me. 6 years of collecting ball pythons and
4 years of breeding I had a first today. I saw my first female in the process of laying eggs.
Very special moment.
2011 Clutch #12. Cinny X Cinny 4 good
June 19, 2011
Happy Fathers Day to me. 2011 clutch #11. This one is Cinny/YB/Bee X normal. Only
confirmed locks from the Cinny. 6 good eggs
June 17, 2011
2011 clutch #10 is in the bator. Mojave X Mojave. I did this pairing
last year and hit on the BEL, I sold it and regret it til this day. I bet if I
get a white snake this year it will be staying with the Fat Guy!!!
June 16, 2011
2011 Clutch #9 is in the bator.
Lesser/Cinny/Pinstripe X normal. Another Whos yo Daddy clutch!! Gonna be like
Christmas around here when eggs start hatching!!!
June 9, 2011
2011 Clutch #8 in the bator. Het Caramel X Het Caramel. 6 good eggs.
June 8, 2011
Clutch #6 is in the bator. YB, blk pastel, lesser X normal. 5 good eggs
Clutch #7 is in the bator. Cinny, lesser, spider X nice normal. 5 good eggs
May 26, 2011
Clutch #5 is in the bator. This is Mojave, Black pastel, and Butter X
normal. Can you say "Who yo daddy???" 7 good eggs, 1 is a boob egg but has good veins.
May 23, 2011
Clutch #4 is in the bator. This is Lesser X Normal, 9 good eggs. After 2 good
fertle clutches sired by the Lesser male this season, I have laid to rest my
worries of him being infertle. Last season he had 4 or 5 clutches completely
slug out. I feel like I can now put 100% of the blame on my temp spike after
moving in the new snake room. That makes my happy cause he is one hot Lesser
and I cant wait to see how good his offspring looks. Hoping for good odds on
May 20, 2011
Clutch #1 has hatched. We got 2.2 normals and 1.2 cinnys.
April 29, 2011
2011 Clutch #3 is in the bator. Fire & Yellowbelly X Normal. 5 good eggs.
April 18, 2011
2011 Clutch #2 is in the bator. Lesser X Pinstripe. 6 good eggs. Come on Kingpins!!!
March 25, 2011
Just like last season I will be posting blogs keeping up with clutches
laid & hatched. I got Clutch #1 this morning. This is from a Cinny X
Normal. 7 good eggs. A much better start than last season!! Really excited
about a long productive egg season.
2011 Clutch #1 3-25-11 Cinny X Normal 7 good eggs.
February 9, 2011
Sorry for the lazy blogging!!! Didnt realize I have not posted in 2011
yet. Breeding season is going pretty good. I am breeding a total of 35 females
this season with 8-9 being borderline in size, 1100g range. I am cycling
several codom males through codom and normal females along with some recessive
pairings, I am hoping to produce albinos, pieds, hypos, carmels, black pastels,
blue eyed lucys, bees, cinnamons, lessers, mojaves, pastels, pinstripes,
spiders, yellowbellies, kingpins, super pastels, and pewters. This is panning
out to be a very exciting season and my biggest yet. I have built a new
incubator that will hold 50+ clutches so I am prepared!! Good luck to all my
reptile friends this breeding season, later.......Frankie
December 20, 2010
Just a quick blog to let everyone know that
breeding season is going pretty good. As the collection grows it seems to get
more difficult to pair breeders!! It seems like it would be easier but with so
many options it has seemed harder to me. I do have some good stuff going on and
look to produce 30 or so clutches this season.Fat Boys is making a
calendar!!! I had planned on doing just one for me but have had some interest,
so I will be printing about a dozen. If you are interested in getting one send
me an email. Here is a link on my favorite ball python forum, Ball-pythons.net
showing the pictures that will be featured on the calendar.
November 25, 2010
HAPPY THANKSGIVING everyone!!!!
Thanksgiving Sale: From Thursday, November 25, at 12pm to Sunday, November 28, at 12pm all
orders over $150 will ship for free. Take advantage of these savings and put a
Fat Boys animal in your collection today!!!....Later....Frankie
November 18, 2010
Well its that time of year again...BREEDING SEASON!!!
We are looking forward to a very exciting season as we produce new
and exciting morphs. We are hoping to add a couple Carmels this year from
hetXhet breeding, along with some new codom combos we will be working on. We
are really excited about finally getting my Cinnamon female big enough to work
on a Super Cinny project. I love solid white and solid black snakes. We will be
breeding 30-35 females this year and expect a lot of babies. Next season I will
be pushing internet sales a lot more than in the past. Its time to put a Fat
Boys animal in your collection!!!
I want to give a shout out to one of the
coolest Ball Python sites out there...http://www.worldofballpythons.com/ This
site has a complete list of all the amaizing morphs in the industry along with
a very cool genetics wizard. If you are wondering what 2 snakes bred together
will make the wizard will calculate it for you with a simple click of the
mouse. It also has an informative blog page and several videos and articles
about Ball Pythons. This is the site I sit and browse when I am bored!! Well
thats all for now, good luck to all my Reptile breeding friends this season!!
October 31, 2010
Midnight tonight officially starts the Fat Boys 2010-2011 breeding season!!! T-stats are
set to start cooling females at 12am sharp. All girls are weighed in, pairings
determined and males ready to go...now about 2 weeks of cooling and we will be
pairing up males to their girlfriends!! Looking for a real good season, have
already witnessed a little bowl wrapping. Got my new breeding rack built last
week just in time for the season to start thanks to my good friend Dwayne Ard.
Looking forward to Repticon Columbia this coming weekend, this is by far the
best reptile show in the Carolinas!!!Hope to see you
October 19, 2010
Just cut the last clutch of the year ... 3 Albinos and one het...what a way to end a
year! Ready to start pairing again now!
October 5, 2010
What a sad day...
We have had a pet marmoset monkey for 2 years now, lately he has become
very sexually aggressive towards my wife, Christy. He loves on her then starts
biting her very badly. She has had a hard time with this because Bud has always
bonded with her and she is the only one who can take care of him. We have tried
everything and tried to think of every possible option to this problem. The
only choice to assure Christys safety was to relocate Bud. There is a really
nice zoo about an hour and a half from our home, this zoo is a small family
owned zoo with loving caring owners and workers. We have known these folks for
a while and visited the zoo before. When I told them of our situation they did
not hesitate in offering to home Bud. We took him today with the understanding
that he is still ours and we have visiting rights anytime we want, free
admission of course. When we left him tonight he was chirping and communicating
with the other monkeys. I truely believe this will be what is best for Bud and
for Christys safety, but this was as hard as anything we have ever had to do.
Keep our family and Bud in your prayers....Thanks......Frankie
October 4, 2010
Repticon Charlotte was fun, got to see all my snake
buddies, made some new friends, and business was good. I was able to sell
several animals, picked up some animals, and still came out ahead. I picked up
an Enchi male, Black Pastel male, Butter male, and a Pinstripe female. Fun was
had by all!!! Looking forward to the next
September 27, 2010
Clutch #15 are all out of the eggs. Ended up with 1.1 Bees, 1.1 Pastels, and 1.1
normals. Would like to trade the normals for a couple of Spiders but Im not
going to complain!!! One more clutch in the bator. Feeding the girls pretty
heavy right now trying to get everybody ready for the rapidly approaching
breeding season. This year has been my best year to date and I am looking for
2011 to be twice as good!! Gonna be working on a lot of first time breeding
projects this year. Good luck to everyone in this wonderful hobby!!!
September 16, 2010
3:05pm today will be the two year anniversary of the car accident that changed my life
forever. Some things just outright SUCK!!! :-(
September 10, 2010
To selll...or not to sell...? that is the
question. Any other breeders suffer with this? I have produced a BEL and 3 very
nice Pieds that I need to sell, I am also holding onto a couple Mojos and
Cinnies, YB, Lesser, Butter, Bee, Enchi, all females. I need to put some of
these guys up but want to KEEP THEM ALL!! Any other breeders suffer from this
September 9, 2010
Het Pied X Het Pied
clutch is all out of the egg. Great odds for het X het...3 Pieds and 3 possible
hets, one PH has great markings. The 3 Pieds are PERFECT!! One is almost
exactly 50/50 and the other 2 are very high white. Pieds are 2.1, I will
definately keep the female and will make my decision soon as to wheather or not
to sell the males. I have already had lots of interest in them. Spider X Pastel
clutch has started hatching too. Ended up with 3 Spiders, 1 Pastel, and 1
normal. So far 2 Spiders have left the eggs, will update later.
August 30, 2010
Well breeding season had its ups and downs...Temps were a problem early as I made a
move to a new snake room. I was expecting 15 clutches this year and ended up
with 16. 5 clutches went bad due to temps, my advice is to NEVER move snakes
anywhere near breeding season, lessen learned!!! Had several clutches of
Mojaves and Cinnies. Missed out totally on the Lessers and Pins. Had some YBs
and of course plenty of normals. Hatched my first Blue Eyed Lucy from Mojo X
Mojo. Still have 4 clutches in the bator, Het Pied X Het Pied, 2 clutches of
Spider X Pastel, and Albino X Het Albino. Already making plans for next season
and will be shooting for 20+ clutches. I dont say it enough but I really enjoy
the opportunity to work with these amaizing animals.
August 29, 2010
Put my 16th and probably last clutch of the season in the bator today. 4 good eggs from
Albino X Possible Het Albino. Sure hope she proves out...4 times!!
August 23, 2010
The last 2 snakes are out of the BEL clutch. Ended up with 3 mojos, 2 normals, and the
BEL, which ended up being a girl. The last mojo out was in a boob egg, it is
only 30g and has 3 kinks near its tail, all the others were in the 65-75g
range. Seems healthy but will wait to see if it sheds, eats, and poops. It has
a really cool pattern!! Overall happy with this clutch.
August 22, 2010
Clutch #11 is out...2 normals, 3 mojaves, and I hit on a Blue Eyed Lucy!! This is the
first Lucy I have ever produced and it is beautiful. I usually dont sex my
animals until after their first shed so I am waiting and hoping it is a boy.
Either way, its beautiful and is not going anywhere!! Now waiting on 2 clutches
from Pastel X Spider and one Het Pied X Het Pied clutch. Also looks like I may
get a late clutch from a Het Albino bred to an Albino.
August 5, 2010
Clutch #14 is in the bator, another possible Bee clutch, Spider X
Pastel. 8 eggs (one questionable). The bator is holding 26 eggs right now with
the possibilities of getting Pieds, Bees and BELs!!!! Lovin it!!!!!!
July 21, 2010
Clutches 12 & 13 are in the bator as of last week. 12 was 6 good eggs from a Het Pied X
Het Pied pairing. 13 was 6 good eggs from a Pastel X Spider pairing. Hoping to
hatch out some Pieds & Bees real soon. Got the available page updated, some
real nice mojo girls up. All the 2010 babies are doing real good.
June 28, 2010
Clutch #11 in the incubator...6 good eggs from a Mojave X Mojave pairing. Sure do hope I get
a couple white snakes with pretty blue eyes!!!.....Later.........Frankie
June 26, 2010
Man...sorry for not keeping the blog updated. We have been super busy
around here!! Wanted to run a clutch update. Clutches 4 & 5 were all slugs,
clutch 3 was one egg that was dead in the egg, clutch 6 was slugged out. Now it
gets a little better. Clutch 7 was 7 eggs, 1 died due to a defect, got 3
normals and 3 mojaves. Clutch #8 hatched yesterday, not good odds but was
excited to hatch my first split sire clutch, 4 normals, 1 cinnamon, and 1
mojave. All look really healthy, now just waiting for a shed and a couple meals
in them. Bout time to add a Fat Boys animal to your collection!!!
May 14, 2010
Sitting in my hotel room near Baltimore, MD. Got set up for the show today, met up with some
friends, hung out, now getting ready to get rested up for the big show. Wanted
to update on Clutch #2. All 8 snakes are out...6 normals and 2 yellow bellies.
Not good odds but 8 good healthy little snakes. I love them all.
May 12, 2010
OK...3 of clutch #2 has come out of their eggs. 5 of them are obviously very comfortable!!!! 2
normals and one smokin hot yellow belly so far.
If you LOVE YOUR PETS
and value your ability to keep animals as pets... call Gov. Charlie Crist
850-488-7146 and tell him to VETO SB-318 snake ban!! (even if you dont keep
snakes as pets, this could open the door for more bans on pets the government
decides could be problematic.) Please email or call Gov. Crist now!!... Spread
the word..... Be polite, but super important!
May 8, 2010
Clutch #9 is in the incubator. 4 good eggs from a normal girl that I
ran several codoms through.....Who knows who the daddy is?????????????
May 7, 2010
WOW...Clutch #1 is out, 4 healthy normals and 2 cinnies dead in the egg. Unreal!!! My luck has
got to get better. Later.......Frankie
May 6, 2010
Well clutch #1 has piped. Have 4 little heads looking out at me. Bad news is 2 of
snakes died in the egg during incubation, one of which I have confirmed was a
cinnamon. The 4 heads I can see now look like normals, have not checked the
other one yet. I will update for sure when they come on out of the eggs.
April 22, 2010
Alright...I didnt post on clutches 5 & 6 because they were all slugs. #5 was lesser to
pinstripe, my highlight clutch of the season!! And #6 was lesser to normal, all
slugs. Last night I got clutch #7, pinstripe and pastel to normal, 7 good eggs.
I talked about my temp problem in my last blog, now that I got another good
clutch I am back to questioning my lesser boy in the back of my mind. I am
still expecting more clutches, none from the lesser, so if they all come out
good I will turn my attention back to him. Sometimes the males just cant
produce good sperm. I hope it was the temps because he is a killer lesser and I
would love to get some babies from him....We will see. Clutch #7 Pinstripe
& pastel X normal resulting in each egg having a 50/50 chance in being a
normal or pin/pastel. 7 good eggs.
April 13, 2010
Well I have bad news...Clutches number 3 & 4 have
been laid. #3 was a very exciting clutch for me, a very nice lesser to a normal
that always throws off nice babies. She laid late last week and had 8 slugs!!
What a blow that was. Clutch #4 was dropped yesterday, it was from a normal
paired with a mojo, spider, and cinny. I call that a "Whos your daddy clutch".
Well when we got her off her eggs we find one good egg and 5 slugs!! One of the
slugs has the slighest veins in it so we are incubating the whole clutch. Not
too sure what is going on, I have checked everything over and my only concern
is temps may be a little too hot for the gravid girls. The first 2 clutches
were fine so I am not sure the temps did any harm. I have dropped temps a
little just in case. Moving into the new snake room requires plenty of
adjustments and that may be a factor too. I will really be concerned if clutch
5 slugs out too.
All for now...later...Frankie
March 22, 2010
Well we put our second clutch of the season in the
incubator today. I was checking girls and found them, my timing was a little
off so they were a surprise to me. Christy came home from work long enough to
assist me in getting mama situated and eggs in the bator. Thanks Christy!! She
was paired several times with a YB and a few times with a cinny, I never
witnessed a lock with the cinny so I am declaring YB.Clutch 2 was YB X
Normal, resulting in each egg having a 50% chance of being a YB. 8 good eggs
and one slug.
Thats all for now...later...Frankie
March 18, 2010
Well breeding season is starting to pay off as we are
starting to see the results. I put my first clutch in the incubator last week,
Cinny clutch. I have also witnessed 5 more ovulations through the girls, with
many more to come I hope. I have not stopped pairing yet, in the past we have
stopped pairing the first of March, after talking with several other breeders I
have decided to keep on keepin on!! We will continue to pair until the female
ovulates or copulations stop. Still shooting for 10-15 clutches this season. I
will update as clutches are laid and will record the pairings and possible results.
Clutch 1 was Cinnamon X Normal, resulting in each egg having a 50%
chance of being a Cinny. 6 good eggs, one questionable, and one slug.
Thats all for now...later...Frankie
February 17, 2010
I sure didnt realize this was my first blog of 2010!! I have been really busy
between the snakes and the shop. Everything is going good around here. I made a
big step up last week when I moved all my snakes in one room. I have not been
able to sleep in my bed since my wreck due to a shoulder injury so my room was
being waisted, in the meantime I had snakes in the computer room, the dining
room, the kitchen, a bedroom, and even at another house I own about 10 miles
away! I moved my daughter in my room and turned her room into a SNAKE ROOM. I
have all my guys and gals together now, it makes feeding, cleaning, breeding,
watering, and monitoring so much easier. I am loving it.
Been doing a lot of snake shirts at the shop lately, Royal Q Pythons, Prototype Pythons, Reese
Reptiles, and the new I KEEP SNAKES AND I VOTE shirts being offered by NatPET.
I love printing snake shirts.
Breeding is going good, my 08 lesser boy is a
stud, he has been breeding 4 girls including a pinstripe. I have had 2
ovulations from girls he has bred and one from a cinny breeding. Looks like the
het pied, mojo girl, spider girl, pastel girl, and a couple more could ovulate
any day now. Really hoping for 10-15 clutches this year.
Thats all for now...later...Frankie
December 13, 2009
Breeding season is going well. Getting several locks from some projects. I really enjoy
being able to work with these amazing animals.Please do your part with all
the bans we have going on. HR2811 is just one of the major bills being bounced
around congress trying to stop the import, export, and sales of boas and
pythons. You can go to www.natpet.org to see how you can help fight for your
rights as a pet owner. I am doing my part by calling and writing my senators, I
will also be offering reptile T-shirts at the Charlotte and Columbia Repticon
shows. 20% of all sales will be donated to NatPET. The National Pet Association
was founded by Adam Wysocki and his wife Kelly of 8ballpythons. Adam is
fighting really hard for our rights and needs all the help he can get. Please
visit www.natpet.org and do your part. Later...........Frankie
November 21, 2009
We have been doing the "show circut" and enjoying
it! So far we have set up at Raleigh & Charlotte, NC, and Columbia, SC.
That may be as far as we go but we are really having fun meeting all the folks
involved. We have been able to move some snakes and have been getting a lot of
valuable advise from breeders that have been in the hobby for a while. The
shows are over for the year but we will be back in Charlotte in January.
Breeding season is the main focus now and I am able to concentrate more on
breeding projects this year. I am cycling 15 females now and have 6 more that
will start a little later. Projects I will be working on hatching this year
include pastels, pinstripes, cinnies, lessers, kingpins, spiders, bees,
mojaves, pieds, BELs, hypos, YBs, and albinos. I am praying for a much better
season than last year. Come out and see us at the shows!! Things are really
moving and shaking with the Fat Boys.
October 8, 2009
Well the 09 season is rapidly winding down and the 2010 season even more rapidly approaching. The ball season was slow here, I am going to contribute that to the rough year I had
personally, the wreck, losing Daddy, losing my arm, and losing an Uncle...WOW,
what a year!! This coming season will be better. We have been doing some shows,
we moved a lot of animals and will be doing one more show this year. I did
produce some female pastels to hold back as future breeders and produced one
super pastel. The 2010 breeding season is looking to produce Cinnies, Pastels,
Lessers, Mojos, BELs, Spiders, Pinstripes, YBs, Bees, Albinos, Hypos, and
Pieds. Wish me luck...I need it. Later...............Frankie
August 14, 2009
Got a big surprise last week...I had a pastel girl lock with a spider and another pastel male early this season, she showed no signs of being gravid. She did go off feed but I never saw an ovulation and
she has shed normal. The last witnessed lock was March, I had given up on her
going this season and had unplugged the incubator. I came home earlier in the
week to find her curled up on 6 perfect eggs!! All candled good with strong
veins. I got everything set back up and cannot wait to see some bees or supers piping soon.
I am also getting excited about the Fat Boys doing our first
Reptile Expo! We will be at the Gila show in Raleigh, NC September 5-6. I am
working on some nice looking display cases now, we will graduate to the acrylic
display cases as we grow. We will be boa heavy in Raleigh but will have several
ball pythons with us. Come on out to the show and support the reptile industry.
July 25, 2009
Well I had a very disappointing breeding season!! Only one good clutch, one pastel and
6 normals. 2 more clutches went bad and another slugged out. Man that was
tough. We will start now preparing for next season and wont miss a beat. I am
pushing rats trying to get those several girls I have on the edge over the
weight limit. I like 3 years and 1200g, I have several girls right around the
1000g mark and entering their 3rd winter. Got some nice codom boys waiting that
were not ready this year. Make sure to visit us at the Raleigh Expo September
5th. This will be the first of hopefully may shows to come. Well thats all for
April 21, 2009
First off...continue to send emails to congress opposing HR669!!! 2
days left! Visit www.nohr669.com for info and instructions on how to voice out against this bill.
Fat Boys has made the decision to sell our boa division
and concentrate solely on Ball Pythons. Operating the business out of 2
seperate locations is getting very difficult as the business and collection
grows. This will be a very productive move for us and will allow us to
concentrate more on the business working together. Visit the available pages if
you are interested in any of the boas. They will almost all be breedable by
next season. Turn your investment around fast with these adult boas. All feed
really good on FT rats or guinnea pigs.
April 13, 2009
Well the blog today is mainly about HR669. Do your part to fight this bill. HR669
will basicly eliminate all pets except cats and dogs. Go to www.nohr669.com
watch the video and do your part...TODAY!!! Breeding season is pretty much
over. I had a couple borderline girls that I thought about breeding late but
figured they would be more productive if held off til next season. Right now it
looks like maybe a 6-8 clutch season. I was shooting for 10 but will take what
I get. Had a couple boys not do their jobs this year and a few girls that just
did not get up to weight. Next year is really looking good though.
March 23, 2009
I suffered my first loss as a reptile keeper yesterday. I had a older ball python
that I rescued from a guy back in 2006. She was very weak when I got her but I
was able to nurse her back to health in short time with future plans of
breeding her. She had gotten healthy and was up to 1700g, this was the year to
breed. She developed an RI 10 months ago and we went through the quarennteen,
antibiotics, ect. Well she appeared to be pretty healthy so I moved her back in
the reptile room 2 months ago. After the move she stopped eating, I contributed
it to the move and of course cool weather and breeding season. I cleaned last
week and she was fine, I checked water Saturday night and she was fine, I was
gone all day Sunday and when we got back home we walked in to an unpleasant
smell. First thought was a regurge. After searching through some tubs we opened
her tub to find her dead. I am guessing the RI never truly cleared up, even
though the symptoms were gone. The remaining RI along with the move must have
severly stressed her out. She was bleeding from the mouth and the cloacia. The
loss is devistating to us but there were lessons learned. Do not rush things,
if an animal gets sick make sure they have plenty of time to get completely
over the sickness before making any moves. As for everyone else, things are
going great. Breeding season is winding down and I have a few girls that may
lay any day now. Will keep you posted. Later.....Frankie
March 7, 2009
Today was incubator day. Dwayne and Samuel came over
and them, me, and Sky built 2 incubators. I have an incubator that was handed
down to me from Adam at 8ballpythons but I have outgrown it. It will hold 6 - 6
quart egg boxes. I am anticipating about twice that many clutches this year. I
have an old standup freezer and an apartment fridge out in the building. We
fixed up the freezer for me and it will hold 29 - 6 quart boxes. I give the
apt. fridge to Dwayne and it will hold 10 - boxes. Everything went well and I
should have my first clutch on the ground soon to put in there. All that is
left to do is for Sky to sand mine down and paint it. All the snakes are fine,
nonbreeders eating well and the breeders still pairing. I have not seen and
ovulations this year, missed one for sure. Hopefully starting to see about a
dozen or so soon.
March 2, 2009
Well it has been a while since I blogged and I needed to catch everyone
up. First off on a personal note...The arm that was injured was amputated Feb
26th. It was not going to get any better according to the Drs and it hurt all
the time. I was at risk of having to deal with continuous infections and I was
tired of that roller coaster ride. I am already feeling better, except the
expected pain, and will have the stiches taken out in 2 weeks. After that I
will be fitted for a prosthetic hand. Now for the snakes...I have witnessed one
ovulation and will be expecting a few more. Hoping to be seeing some pastels,
spiders, mojos, cinnies, and maybe a pied. I promised myself when I started
this adventure that I would not buy a pied but produce my own. I may not be
able to hold off if I do not get one this year. I will keep everyone updated on
the snakes and the arm. Before I sign out I want to thank all my family and
friends that have supported me through this arm ordeal, especially my late
Daddy, Christy, Whitney, Sky, Jimmy, Marvin, Mama & David, Todd, and Dwayne
& Heather. Thanks guys, I love you all.
January 10, 2009
Just a short blog to let you know Daddy passed away
this morning at 3am. I was by his side and he was at peace with God. He will be
missed but I am positive he is in Heaven and I will see him again one day.
December 30, 2008
Hope you all had a
very merry Christmas. I have to admit, I have had a lot better. The presents
were great, the family gatherings, watching the kids enjoy getting gifts, it
was just personal feelings that made my Christmas a little less than par. First
of all the Thursday before Christmas I went in for yet another surgery, this
time a skin graph. The spot that they took the skin off my thigh hurts worse
than my hand most of the time. Second, and more importantly, I found out the
Monday before Christmas that my daddy has inoperable cancer in his pancreas,
liver, and stomach. They are saying he has less than 6 months to live and that
is tearing me up inside. My daddy has been my inspiration my whole life and he
is by far the greatest man I have ever known. He has been my best friend for
years and I will miss him every single day for the rest of my life. As for
the snakes they are going as expected. There are a few that are breeding pretty
good and some not, I am not worried because the season is still very young and
they will get the job done. So far some of my best locks have been from an
Albino male to a Spider female, a pair of het Pieds, Spider male to Pastel
female, and a few more codom males locking with normals. I will keep you
updated on the breedings and definately any ovulations.
All for now...Later...Frankie
December 4, 2008
WOW time flies when you are bored out of your mind! Did not realize how long it has been
since I blogged. The hand is getting better but still has a long way to go. I
will be seeing a surgeon on January 2nd to get another evaluation on any more
needed surgeries. I still can not use my hand and with all the medications I am
on they still do not want me driving, I do not have a vehicle anyway, so I am
pretty much home all the time. It is kinda boring but I am getting used to it.
Thanksgiving was wonderful! Believe me, I may be a little depressed about my
current situation but I am smart enough to realize how much I have to be
thankful for. We ate at Christys parents Thursday night, with my mama Friday,
and with my daddys side of the family Saturday. Needless to say we ate really
good. The snakes are doing good. Eating has really slowed down with the
breeders but the hatchlings are still pounding pups every week. There is some
cold rain moving in tomorrow so I will talk Christy through who to pair up
tonight so they will be ready to get it on. Got a couple of lazy boys that I
may need to work on to get them going. Well that is all for now and I will try
not to wait a month before I blog again. Later....Frankie
October 26, 2008
I want to give a big THANK YOU to my friend Dwayne
(roosterman2173 from BP.net) and his wife Heather. My hand is healing good but
I still have no use of it and cannot do anything with it. Well another friend
of mine, Carrol, of Carrols Pets in Lumberton, NC, called me last week and
needed to get rid of his overcrowded rat population. He give me about 75 rats!!
Well I did not have the room to add them to my collection without adding to my
rat rack. Dwayne was only a phone call away and him, Heather, and their son
Samuel came to my house yesterday and built more levels to my rat rack and done
some construction to the rat barn. He is really good with his wood work and
Heather is a great assistant, when Dwayne is not giving her a hard time LOL.
They are also great people, that showed in how well behaved Samuel was. I
cannot thank you guys enough and when I get well if I can do anything for you
just let me know. Snakes are doing good. Still pairing guys up including a
het Pied pair. The little light colored Spider I got from Morph Makers is a
breeding machine. We pair him up and he chases the female all over the tub
until he locks! I have witnessed 2 locks so far with him and my Pastel female
from 8ball, hopefully some Bees a buzzin!! All for now......
October 10, 2008
Well I had another surgery on my arm this week. Things went pretty good I think, they took off all the dead tissue and skin. There were a couple spots on the top of my hand that they
had to dig all the way to the bone. I am still doing therapy 7 days a week and
it is freaky to look at your hand and see the bone. They also found a small
pocket of infection that concerned them and they are doing cultures on it to
see what type of infection meds to start me on. The recovery is going slow but
steady. As far as the snakes are concerned they are doing great. Eating every
week and growing. With the front moving through this weekend I have made some
pairs just to see what happens. Right now I have paired Mojave X normal, Cinny
X normal, Spider X normal, Spider X Pastel, Yellowbelly X normal and 2 pairs of
Pastel X normal. Have not seen any locks yet but a lot of courting going on.
Will keep you updated on the arm and the snakes.
September 26, 2008
Well is has not been that long since I blogged but a lot has changed in my life.
Almost everything I do as far as work and hobbies need good motor skills.
Developmental Therapy with handicapped children, screen printing, musician
(drummer), coaching, sports, and of course ball pythons. On September 16th I
was traveling at 45mph and a young kid went through a stop sign and hit me in
the left rear tire. The impact spun me out and I started flipping down the
road. I flipped 4 or 5 times and started skidding on the top of the truck,
while I was skidding my right arm was pinned between the truck and the road.
When the truck stopped my arm was pinned under the truck. Luckily for me there
were people nearby and they lifted the truck off my arm. Most of the damage was
done while it was pinned and the truck was skidding on top of it. I have
realized a lot in the last week, the importance of God, family, and friends. I
finally went to see the truck after therapy today, Wow!! I can honestly sit
here and say I cannot see how anyone survived that wreck. It is totally
destroyed, I feel lucky to be sitting here, and to have my arm attached to me.
As far as my injuries they included a severe bump to the head, busted up
shoulder and knee. My right arm is my main concern. I sit and look at it during
therapy and will feel lucky if I can just be able to use it again. Pick up
stuff, drive, personal care, just small stuff. Now I am a positive person and
my goal is to make a full recovery and I will work hard at it. I have gotten a
lot of help during this. Naturally Christy has helped a ton with the snakes and
the screen printing. I have tried to not put too much burden on the kids. Sky
is very into sports and I want him to be able to concentrate on that. Whitney
has went to work for Christy several days so she could be with me. Todd has
been a lot of help with the snakes and rats. Daddy has helped at the shop and
my buddy Dale has been a life saver keeping the screen printing going. Mama has
been moral support as always and my step mama has cooked for us several times.
My Uncle Marvin has sit with me a few mornings for Christy to work. I wanted to
thank everyone who has prayed and helped out. I will keep you updated on my
progress and this will not slow down breeding season!
Later ... Frankie
September 15, 2008
Well where do I start. The snakes are doing great, I weighed all my girls to get an idea about
breeding season and things looked pretty good. I have 17 girls that will be
breeding size come November. Most are normals but there is a Pastel, a Spider,
and a het Pied in the bunch. As far as males go I have a het Pied for the het
girl, a Mojave, Cinny, Spiders, Yellowbelly, and several Pastels. I am looking
forward to an exciting breeding season. I was privileged to be invited by
Adam Wysocki to the "8ball Fest" this year at his place in Bel Air, MD.
Christy, Todd, and myself all went to the Mid-Atlantic reptile show then off to
his place for a great get together. The company was outstanding and the animals
unbelievable. Adam has a very nice ball python collection and I really enjoyed
seeing his animals again. I even came home with a pair of Yellowbellies and a
Lesser boy. I will also be getting a het Carmel pair as soon as they take a
couple of meals. We met some very nice people including Jamie and Amy from
Glass Reptiles, Joe Compel himself, Rodney from Blackrock Captive Bred, Phil
from Creative Creations, Tyree from BP.net, MeME, Frank and June, and of course
Kelli, Adams new wife. A good time was had by all and I hope we can do it again
next year, or next month will be fine with me!!LOL Adam lives on a very nice
ranch with horses and of course Ball Pythons. His animals are second to none
and I look forward to putting many more into my collection. I was on top of the
world sitting and taking in information on the business from Adam, Joe, Phil,
and Rodney. Phil used to work with Ralph Davis. We camped out in Adams front
yard which was new to me, first time sleeping in a tent! Was not bad but my bed
sure felt good Sunday night.
Well all else is going good and cannot wait until breeding season!!! Later.....Frankie
August 25, 2008
WOW... We are tired but we had a great time in Daytona. Make sure to
click the link on the home page to see all the pics we took. It was a great
experience, we got to see some great animals and meet some very nice people. I
met Brian from BHB, along with Lori & Dr Chewy!! They were the hit of the
show with SnakebytesTV going strong now. Almost like seeing movie stars!!! I
met Brock Wagner, we have had a few discussions through the internet but never
met in person. Brock is a great guy with some very nice animals. His story is
inspirational to all the small breeders, you can visit his website to read
about how he got started in reptiles. Mr. & Mrs. Jones was there from Morph
Makers. I have had the pleasure of meeting and talking to them at several shows
around the East coast. They are two of the nicest people I have ever met and
also have wonderful animals. Jeremy Stone and Pete Khal were there with some
good looking boas along with some ball morphs. Exotics by Nature had a nice
setup with some really nice balls and boas also. We had a good time Saturday
night when we attended the auction at the Hilton. "Pete" runs the auction and
does a good job raising money for different groups. I also picked up a Spider
and Mojave male at the auction. Other pickups were an 08 Pinstripe male, an 08
Spider female, and I picked up an 06 Het Hypo female in trade with Cook
Reptiles for T-shirts. This girl is originally from 8Ball Pythons.
Again...check out the photo link on the home page to see the Daytona
August 22, 2008
Well the time has finally arrived!! We will be leaving here shortly for Daytona. We are very excited and cannot wait to see everyone and all the exciting animals that will be there.
Kinda nervous with the storm brewing, Fay has taken a toll on FL and we are
heading right into it. I have talked to a couple of folks that are already
there and they say it is not too bad. Todd will not be making the trip, his
mama had to have a hip replacement and he felt like he needed to be home with
his immediate family. I would have done the same if it was my mama. We will
miss him on the trip, he is normally the "life of the party". We will try and
get plenty of pics and post them on the site for everyone to see, check back
often for the pics link on the home page. Well that is all for now, it is 11am
and we plan on pulling out about 1pm. Gotta finish packing the truck and get
all the little things done before leaving.
If your going, see ya in Daytona!! If not look for pics here in the next couple of weeks.
August 3, 2008
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Christy!!! My wife Christy turns the big 30 today. She is the heart
and soul of my family. She is a wonderful wife, mother, organizer, and a great
ball python diva. She has been the best thing to happen to me, along with my
children, and I love her dearly. She never hesitates to help with the snake
business and all of my other interest. Christy is a one in a million chick and
and I am one lucky man to be able to call her my wife. I love you
babe!! Hey, enough of the mushy stuff....DAYTONA is 3 weeks away. The new
vendors list is on the website. The only big breeder really missing is Ralph
Davis. I was really looking forward to seeing the Dreamsicles in person again
this year but, oh well. I think most of the other big boys will be there. The
vendors list in general is as large as last years. Hope to see you all
there. Fat Boys is now on youtube. Check out the link on the home page to
see the videos we have. I am not the most technical person in the world and my
videos are not as good as some of the other ball python videos, but they are
mine. I will always be honest on all my videos and you get what you see. All
the babies and breeders are doing good, eating well, and getting pumped up for
breeding season. I hope to be producing spiders, mojos, cinnamons, pastels,
bees, het albinos, and het hypos next season. Me and the snakes have pep
rallies every Sunday night getting ready for breeding season!!!
See you in Daytona!!
July 24, 2008
Building a new rat rack. Well the rat rack that daddy built for me has gotten to the
point that we are having a lot of chew outs. When he built it he did not take
into consideration the rats wanting to get out. His thought was that if they
have food and water 24/7 they will not want to leave. Well he built it where
the rats had access to the wood and they have really chewed it to pieces. They
can come and go as they please!! They are out when I walk in and they run back
in the tubs, pretty cool actually. They do get frisky when out of the tubs and
have a tendency to chew on water lines ect. The process is coming along good
but I am taking my time and building this one right. The rats will only be able
to get to wire and tub, no wood. Todd comes and helps when he can, it makes it
alot faster. When Todd cannot come Sky is always there to help dear old dad.
All the snakes are doing good and growing. Here are some pics of the new rat rack.
July 12, 2008
Hey all...have not blogged in a while and had a chance. Baseball has kept me very busy over
the last couple of months. I have just enough time to get home from the park
and clean snakes as much as I can, I have actually not been keeping up as good
as I need to. Christy and Whitney really help out keeping the snakes clean.
Todd and Sky have really been helping out keeping the rats clean for me. I have
been having a LOT of chew-outs with the rats and I am in the process of
building a new rat rack. I have been working on it in my little spare time over
the last 2 weeks. Now that baseball has slowed a little I hope I can finish it
in a couple more weeks. Football is right around the corner but that does not
occupy near as much of my time as baseball does. Todd has more time involved in
football. Daytona is only 6 weeks away!!! We will be there. I hope to pick up a
few more co-dom males and possibly some pastel girls if they are available.
Look forward to seeing some old friends there and making some new ones. All the
snakes are doing great. I did hatch out 4 new babies from my second clutch! All
but one is eating well. One still has not taken a meal but looks healthy, I
will keep working with her and I think she will be OK. I did "venture" out just
a bit, I purchased a few "oddball selects" from J&J Reptiles. They are all
very pretty normal females. Even though they are normals they all have very
cool colors and patterns. I also picked up one wild caught import. Figured I
would try my luck, I needed some more girls anyway.
Well now that things has slowed down I will post a little more often. On a personal note: I am glad to see Adam Wysocki back up and running. Adam has been "off line" for a few months
getting a lot of personal stuff straight. This industry does not need to lose
people like Adam, he is a great guy, breeder, and willing to help any way he
can. I for one am happy to see Adam back in the mix and wish him the best of
luck. You can read Adams blogs at www.8ballpythons.com
June 7, 2008
Hey...did not realize how long it had been since I blogged until I was browsing the site
last night. I have been really busy with work, the snakes, and baseball. I
coach Skys 14 year old team and I am the director of the 12 and under league
for 2 counties!! Hard to find a free minute. Snakes are doing good, the first
clutch hatched and like I expected only one good egg. It was a normal little
girl! She will be a keeper since she was our first and her name is "Fatty"! The
clutch hatched on day 53. Today is day 53 for the 2nd clutch so I am keeping a
close eye on them. All 4 of those eggs are still good. Had a bad situation with
the rats this week, if you are not from the southeast you will not understand
how HOT iit is here!! It has been 100* outside for 3 days in a row and it is
expected to last for 3 or 4 more. Unbearable heat! Well the rat barn is
ventilated real good and we have fans everywhere, it was not enough. We went
out Wednesday afternoon to water and found 5 dead and 3 or 4 more suffering the
heat pretty bad. We took an old window unit daddy had and stuck it in a window
and started cooling them. Thursday morning me and Todd went to Lowes and got
another A/C for the 2nd room. They are cooling good now but have no
ventilation. We will have to change the bedding 2 times a week until the heat
breaks and we can vent them again. It is cool enough for them but smells really
bad. I will keep you updated on the eggs and will blog again when they pip.
April 19, 2008
I am sure you have heard of the "snake in the hen house". Well we had the "snake in
the rat barn". Our rat barn, which was named after watching Ralph Davis videos
on you tube, is the single wide mobile home we raise rats in to feed our
snakes. We take good care of it and actually enjoy going out to the rat barn to
work. We went out today to look for new babies, check on everybody and check
water, we clean on Sundays. Well we were standing in the grow out room where we
keep our feeders and Todd got this funny look on his face. He looked at me and
said "step over here a second". I knew something was not right because he was
looking at the ceiling as he was talking to me, I though maybe I was standing
under a wasp nest. I walked away and turned to see a chicken snake sitting on
top of the light fixture. Todd said he came out of the fixture and was about 5
inches from my head. We knew it would eventually happen but still was not
totally prepared to deal with it. We got the snake down and finally got him in
a container, he was A LOT faster than our balls and boas. Christy spent most of
her time laughing at us. We are still dreading the day we walk in and find a
rattlesnake or cotton mouth. We took the container and put it in the back of
Todds truck so he could relocate the snake when he left, went inside to talk
about it, went back out later to check on it and it was gone! Pushed the top
off and was out of here. We know we will find more and get a good laugh out of
catching them. All else is good with the Ball Pythons.
** NO snakes were harmed in the removal of the "snake in the rat barn" **
April 15, 2008
Exactly one month after her prelay shed my 2nd female
laid today. I was at a baseball game and Christy knew it was about time. She
went in the room and checked her every 30 minutes until I got home. She last
checked a half hour before I got back home to see nothing. I got home around
10pm and walked straight to the snake room to find 5 pearly whites. Man,
Christy was upset, she was happy about the eggs but she really wanted to find
them. This one was a little harder to get off the eggs than the first one, I
did not have Todd there to help me either. Christy and Sky pitched in and
helped a little and we got the job done. The eggs look great but I had one
rollout as I was taking mama off them. I candled them when I got them in the
vermiculite and 4 looked really good. The rollout was hard to see veins in, I
put it back just like it was but do not know if it is good or not. It will stay
in the clutch and we will see what happens. Mama is settled back down and I
give her some fresh water. She will get a chance to eat Sunday. Everything else
is going good here and everyone is still eating and growing. Still looking
forward to Daytona! All for now.
April 9, 2008
DAYTONA DAYTONA DAYTONA A short 19 weeks away!! We
have started making plans and getting ready. The rooms are booked and the
"funds bucket" has been opened for donations. If you would like to contribute
to the Fat Boys invasion of Daytona please feel free to contact me!! We accept
cash, cash, and cash! All spare change and the little EXTRA money here and
there from now on goes into the "funds bucket". Hope to see you there, if you
have never been, it is worth the trip! All is going well here. Eggs staying
warm and still waiting on the second clutch to drop. She is a little smaller
than my other girl and from looking I am expecting only 4 or 5 eggs. I will
take it!! Everybody else is eating well and growing. All for now.