In my opinion, the GHI ball is still one of the hottest animals on the market and has a huge amount of potential. Over the past few years I have been building my GHI stock and have had the opportunity to acquire some top notch animals to add to my collection. Last year I added two powerhouse animals, one would allow me to build my stock in hopes for Super GHI’s and the other would prove to be a powerhouse and sire several clutches for us in the 2016 season.
First, let’s look at Matt Lerer’s comment on the discovery of the first GHI balls in 2007
In the early spring of 2007 I was able to unpack baby ball python shipments at night in south Florida. This was great because I was always able to buy animals from the importers before anyone else would ever lays eyes on them. One night I went down south to go through a shipment and while opening bags I was told there were already a few bags opened earlier in the evening and there were two special babies already put aside and they were going to be more money. I went and took a look at them and they were definitely different. they were both in deep shed but I could see they had patterns and color unlike anything else I had seen before. I inquired about the cost and purchased them on the spot. A few days later another shipment arrived from the same exporter and while going through it I found another of the same type of baby ball. It too was deep in shed and was identical in every way. The three all had black ground color as babies, they had clear bellies, they had bizarre hollowed out patterns with a lot of speckling in them, they had some silver/grey flames on the sides, and there was pin striping along the insides of the patterns something along the lines of what some black pastels exhibit. As they grew…they lightened, the blushing increased, there were more of the silver flames.
– Matt Lerer
The first addition to the GHI army here at Snake Hunter Exotics last year was a 2014 GHI Mojave Enchi female that was imported from Dynasty Reptiles in Miami Florida, USA. When I was given the opportunity to bring this girl to Canada I could not refuse, she is an absolute powerhouse of a female to have in the collection. She is currently just shy of 1500 grams and will be a welcomed addition to the breeding line-up when she is ready.
Next up is another animal that I’m absolutely thrilled to have in our collection and who through the 2015 season successfully sired 4 clutches! This GHI Inferno male was produced by Matt Lerer and imported to Canada and acquired from Chris Towers.
The first clutch from our GHI Inferno male was laid by a nice Pastel Lesser female that yielded 6 nice big healthy eggs, see details below. Other pairing from this include Firefly, GHI Het Hypo and Super Vanill Citrus Hypo. Stay tuned for later blogs on these clutches.
Clutch #01-16 Details:
Sire: GHI Inferno
Dam: Pastel Lesser
0.1 Pastel HGW
1.0 Pastel Soul Sucker
1.0 GHI HGW Pastel
0.2 GHI Lesser Pastel
0.1 GHI Inferno
Clutch #01-16 Photos: