Bloodlines by Rich Macias Ball Python Questions & Answer Page:

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Here is a reply I made to someone consistently getting a feeding response bite everytime they opened their snakes cage:


 "How high are your temps? Maybe turn down the hot spot a couple degrees. Sometimes we keep them too hot for comfort & this extra heat increases digestion, thus increasing appetite, & we get a constant feeding response every time we open the tub." Rich Macias



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 Someone on a forum had a question regarding egg sweating. Here is my reply, hope it will help others with the similar egg issues ...

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Hey can you please give me some tips on how to fatten up or maybe make my ball pythons pick up weight a little quicker?  Oh and what is the correct way to thaw out mice and rats to feed them?  


Live rats of the appropriate size bulks up ball pythons.


Many different ways to thaw out rodents. A spot lamp is the worst because you can cook the guts and make the feeder a rotten piece of meat very easily. I always liked airing out on newspaper or better yet hardware cloth. You can also use a small fan to blow air over the frozen feeders to help speed up the process. Some people use warm water, but that makes a big nasty mess.

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Rich, "Is your line of Tri-Stripes compatable with the Snake Keeper original lineage of Tri-Stripes?"


This is an excellent questions, and I honestly don't know the answer to that as of right now (June 4, 2014). My Tri-Stripes hatched out from an albino to het albino breeding in 2010. Back then, I did trace a "grandparent" to one particular aberrently marked captive hatched female that I purchased from the Snake Keeper, but this purchase was many years before Snake Keeper proved out or even obtained their original Tri-Stripe animal. To date, I have yet to attempt any breeding of my lineage to the Snake Keeper line. Do I hope they are compatable? Absolutely Yes!
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Thanks for visiting, I want to be as helpful as I can, so if you have any reptile related questions about ball python care, breeding, feeding, caging, buying, selling, and so on. Let me know :-) my email is snakebloodlines@aol.com.

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What kind of records and paperwork do you keep?


I maintain feeding/record cards for each and every ball python in my collection. Every snake has an ID number starting from my first ball python until now (on my 1,200th or so). Each card has the animals genotype, gender, hatch date, parents ID#'s, and type of food they accept. I also have breeding details for example lock ups, ovulation dates, and egg laying dates for all the proven breeders I sell.  I also have a section of the card specifically to sketch any unusual neck markings for an extra identification measure. I make sure no snakes are mislabeled or accidentally switched during routine cage cleaning.
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Hi Rich, What are the numbers like 1.0 or 1.3 or 0.2 mean in your price list page?

This is a sex/gender code, the 1.0 stands for a single male. The 1.3 is a single male and three females. The 0.2 simply means two females. Sometimes, you may see three digits like 1.2.5 which is 1 male, 2 females, and 5 gender unknown.