I so do not understand the whole “I’m going to breed ball pythons because I want to make baby ball pythons” thing.
You shouldn’t breed just to breed- breed to better the animals.
It makes no sense to pair a single gene pastel to a normal- there are already normals and pastels being wholesaled to shops as feeder snakes for king snakes and cobras. Why are you adding to that???
Moreover, does “selective breeding” mean nothing to you??? Like you’re gonna take that dark brown pastel and breed it with a dark brown normal you’re gonna make more brown snakes. Why? Are you intentionally trying to make feeders snakes?
And I know what you’re thinking- “I can just give them away for free to people I know who will love and take care of them!”
Do you know what happens when you give animals away for free? People don’t want to pay for a proper set up. They don’t pay for vet care because they didn’t pay for the animal- they think if it dies then it doesn’t matter because they didn’t lose any money.
Freaking ACK. You don’t NEED to aimlessly breed ball pythons.