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Old 07-03-13, 02:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Living Gems Holdback Update, Part 2

This week Living Gems gives a 21-month update on its 2011 holdbacks. From that season, we kept back four babies, two males (Everest and Kilimanjaro) and two females (Heliodor and Morganite). We will profile two per week over the next two weeks. This is part two of the series.


Morganite

Born in September 2011, Morganite was ranked only a touch below her two just-profiled siblings Heliodor and Everest. Here she is in a preshed shot shortly after her birth in September 2011:



From that, she too blossomed into a stunner. Here she is in a one-year shot in September 2012:



She has thankfully held her own, and in a surprise reversal now stands a touch above her sister. Here she is as of her most recent photo session in March 2013:

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Morganite currently weighs 514 grams, and is now feasting on small rats every other week. I look forward to her development over the next year, and maintaining her as a next-generation Living Gems breeder female.


Kilimanjaro

Born in September 2011, Kilimanjaro was ranked only a touch below his two just-profiled siblings Heliodor and Everest. Here he is in a preshed shot shortly after his birth in September 2011:



From that, he surprised me by deepening and developing his background color. Here he is in a one-year shot in September 2012:



He has developed into a potential anchor male on the deep red side (clearer in the inside shot). Here he is as of his most recent photo session in April 2013 (one month behind his siblings, who all shed in March):

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Kilimanjaro currently weighs 532 grams, and is now feasting on small rats every other week. I look forward to his development over the next year, and seeing if he can indeed fill that anchor slot as a next-generation Living Gems breeder male.


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Re: Living Gems Holdback Update, Part 2

What an update stunning.
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Awesome as usual Cliff.

BUT YOUR KILLING ME . . . . I can't wait till my little guys gets big.
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OMG i love how they glow.
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These boas rule. I need to get 4 or 5
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Thank you all! 2011 was a great year for LGR. We hope to repeat this year: we have between two and six litters on the way.
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Those are simple beautiful animals.
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Thank you, Kid Boa!!!
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Yeeeaaaahhhhh, been waiting for this update. Its like story time.
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Wow! They're all gorgeous.

What criteria do you use to rank them?
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Another great holdback Cliff!!!! With all the holdbacks I keep seeing from you, your collection must be getting big by now...?
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Color, pattern, and temperament, in that order. It was a lot of close calls regardless due to the fact they are all related.
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LOL thanks MBK. So far, they're living happily ever after. ;-)
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Nope, not counting snakes in the sale rack, I'm only at about 30, and with plans to cut several. My collection target is only 24-30, as I'd rather concentrate on the best and brightest, and give them extra care.

FYI, they are all the same holdbacks, just profiled at intervals.
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