Breeding season 2009 is really starting to shape up with lots of ovulations that are lining up to happen over the next couple months. This is also the time of the year where your males can become finicky breeders. They've been working hard for the past few months and they need the rest. Here's a couple advanced pairing techniques I use to help those males out when the going gets tuff.
Advanced ball python pairing technique #1
Scenario: You have a Piebald (any recessive) male that has stopped breeding for the year... He's done. Doesn't matter what you do. Problem is this, your females that you have been breeding to him still need to be bred to keep up follicle growth and keep moving to ovulation.
Answer: Pair these females up with a male that is the super form of a co-dominate mutation. (i.e. Super Pastel, Super Mojave, Ivory, etc) For our scenario we'll use a Super Pastel.
Why this works: Your female gets her needed breedings. Because you backed up your Pied male with the Super Pastel, you can know exactly who the father of the clutch is when it hatches. Any pastels will be from the Super Pastel male and all others will be offspring that come from your pied.
Advanced ball python pairing technique #2
Scenario: You have a prized male bp that you really want to produce as many offspring as possible from. Problem is, he's young or small. He can't handle a lot of females and you don't want to overwork and risk the health of your prized male!
Answer: Pair up a male(s) of lesser value to the females early. Let these bigger breeder males bear the load of breeding all these girls from Nov.- Feb while your ideal breeder grows and breeds occasionally. When your girls have good sized follicles and are in the final month leading up to ovulation, put your best male to work!
Why this works: There are no guarantees here, but you have the opportunity to produce a large number of clutches from a male that bred very few times in the season. You have kept his load a light as possible and are still maximizing his output. There is no guarantee that the 2nd male will sire the clutches though, so there is risk using this method.