In January of 2005, we purchased a single 2004 female 50% Carpondro from Chris Rouille. Her parents were a male melanistic West Papuan Carpet and a female Sorong Gree Tree Python. This was the first known successful Carpondro reproduction using a female Green Tree Python. We named her "Chimaera". As she grew, she changed into a very dark, uniquely colored python in comparison to any West Papuan Carpet Python or Green Tree Python for that matter.
By 2007, she had become a petite young adult but we had no inclination to attempt to breed her yet. Despite no contact with any male python, she decided to warm up a bit and lay a clutch of 11 eggs. She maternally incubated them for a couple of weeks until we got a closer look at them and discovered all of the eggs were actually infertile. But she sure tried hard to make them hatch! Then in 2008, we made our first attempt to breed her to a Green Tree Python but he came down with the sniffles early on and was quickly retired for the breeding season. So we took a shot at leaving her overnight a very young male 25% Diamond x Coastal Jaguar Carpet Python we had hatched in 2006 that at the time was aptly named "Oreo". Though he had never bred before, he was discovered to be breeding Chimaera the very next morning after his introduction to her cage. Needless to say, I was giggling at the sight of it and I had to see more! So thus began the long Winter affair between these two exotic lovers. They were witnessed copulating over 20 times before I stopped even bothering to document it anymore. Then on 2/15/08 she deposited a total of 13 eggs. All we saw were nice white eggs so we danced for a moment and left her alone with the eggs for a couple of weeks. Then upon doing a closer inspection we discovered a better outcome than expected ... 12 fertile eggs and a single infertile egg in the very center of the mass of fertile eggs. We checked in on her and the eggs every week or so until the big day arrived on 4/12/08 when we discovered the very first Jaguar Carpondro peeking out of an egg! Ultimately, we hatched 4 "Jagpondros" and 7 normal sibling Carpondros. One of the Jagpondros sadly passed away the next day. It was a stunning lime green and maroon specimen.
This was the first breeding of the Jaguar trait into GTP blood. It was the second successful breeding of a Carpet to a Carpondro and the third successful breeding of any Carpondro in general. The basic breakdown of the Morelia genetics involved with these offspring are 25% Sorong Green Tree Python, 12.5% Diamond Python, 25% West Papuan Carpet, and 37.5% Coastal Carpet. Below are individual pages of the parents and the individual offspring that were produced. These pages will be updated as more pics become available.