Re: Jag Carpet Project
It's been a while since I have updated my project. A lot has happened in the past month that I would like to document as it has been quite the learning experience. I started taking the snakes off of food beginning of December to prep them for the breeding season. Everything had been going well. MC has grown substantially. I started to drop night time temps to the 70s. All was well....... until I put the snakes together in the female cage. It became obvious very quickly that the female was combative. She was slithering over the top of the male (pushing his head down) and lifting the first third of her body really high up. I had never seen this before... Though I know from what people have said that two male carpets will "wrestle" when getting ready to breed. Uh oh.... Oddly enough the male in the cage kept trying to use his spurs to stimulate the "female". He's clearly trying to breed... I took out my probing kit, grabbed the "female" and checked..... 6 scales deep. Could go either way.
At this point I contacted several well known breeders to see if they knew what the hell was going on because I was all kinds of confused. I got tons of support and decided I would double check my probe depth and got 8-9 scales deep on my second and third attempt.... It's a male. I went ahead and checked my other snake as well because at this point who knows what is going on. He was at 8 scales. Looks like this breeding season is done for me already.
That's the bad news. I was pretty upset when I found all this out but I learned something new that I guess is inevitable. Be skeptical what a seller tells you about the gender of a snake, especially if it's not the breeder. The guy told me he probed the snake himself. I find that hard to believe. When I bought it, I didn't have a kit to check myself and just never got around to it. That won't happen again.
There is an upside to the story, though. I was able to sell the male within a week and get some of my money back (though not all). I started looking for a new female for next year and was fortunate enough to talk to a guy I have bought from in the past. He was looking to sell a real nice Mutton JCP (and she's had two successful clutches). As of right now I have a verbal confirmation on the sale but we're waiting for the weather to warm up a little bit before the snake is shipped. I'm really really excited to get her! The pics of her online are amazing! I can't believe he's selling her to be honest... Pics will probably follow in the next week or two.