A message from Anonymous
Have you ever heard of a normal ball with the eye coloring of a pastel? I recently rehomed one from breeders who were relocating, and they told me he is pos het albino but from my understanding there's no markers for albino or pastel.

Although black/brown eyes are certainly more common in normals, it is possible for them to have lighter eye colouration. I’ve seen a normal with brown/green, similar to that of a Pastel’s, in person and I’ve seen a pictures of some amber eyed normal imports from a breeder I was chatting with at an expo a few years ago (not sure what happened to those animals, haven’t heard about them since) and I even recall seeing posts about a female Mojave (just a Mojave, not the leucistic super form) with blue eyes. So in response to your initial question; yes, I have.

And wouldn’t the markers for Pastel would just be Pastel??? ?

A message from Anonymous
Looking to buy a radiant heat panel; got any you would recommend for a lower height tub?

When it comes to RHPs, you’ve basically got a choice of Pro Heat or RBI. I don’t really really have a personal preference because I’ve never used either but RBIs generally seem to be the more popular option.

Also you could probably get away with heat tape on a tube that doesn’t have a lot of head space. 

A message from ar137
I'm looking to get a ball python! I know it's silly, but I've always wanted a light-colored BP - ever since I first saw one as a kid! The market for buying morphs seems tailored to breeders and collectors, not to people looking to purchase only a single python or two to keep as pets. Where would you suggest looking for morphs if I'm not interested in them for breeding purposes?

I would suggest looking for morphs in all the same places that breeders/hobbyists look for morphs (other breeders, reptile expos, online listing sites, etc.) because that’s where you’re going to find morphs. Sure, some petstores might have a few overpriced animals but due to high turn over rates, general lack of in house breeding programs, and lack of information on the animals’ histories, I’m finding myself less and less inclined to encourage people to buy from petstores these days.

Really, your best bet would be a reliable and reputable breeder.

A message from Anonymous
Have any good pictures of adult butter pastels that you could share? Haven't been able to find many on the internet (they're all of hatchlings) and am really curious to see how most of them grow out their colors. Thanks!

The end result of most Pastel combos almost entirely depend on the quality of the parent contributing the Pastel gene, it is a very strong gene that can make or break a high quality morph, so the hatchlings may start off yellow but if their parent is browned out then it’s likely that hatchling will brown out too. 

Here are some nice quality Pastel Butters. Very blushed out and bright colouration, good amount of yellow showing through, this is what you want your adults to look like.

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And this is a poor quality Pastel Butter. Very muddy and dark colouration with barely any yellow showing through. 

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A message from Anonymous
Not trying to be rude, genuine curiosity if I'm wrong - but isn't it 'scutes' not 'scoots' when referring to ventral scales?

But scoots is cuter.

Because they scoot around on their tums.

A message from Anonymous
What do you think about shredded coconut husk as a substrate?

Works great for a mix in with other substrates to create a “naturalist” forest floor texture for a terrarium but I don’t really like it on its own for BPs. I’ve found a lot of them time they tend to get the substrate stuck between their belly scoots and it makes them look dirty.

A message from Anonymous
why isn't spur size a good way to sex a bp?

It’s just not a reliable method. You can maybe make some educated guesses but in my observation, it’s just too variable, and there’s not even really a worth while baseline for comparison. I mean, what the average length of the male spur?? What’s the average length of the female? If you’re sexing by spur size you’re mostly just making a judgement based on a kind of arbitrary gauge that was really inconsistent to begin with. 

It’d be like if you were to take a bunch of people and you had to tell if whether they were male or female (assuming all participants fell within the gender binary) based on how hairy their legs were. It likely wouldn’t yield particularly accurate results and that’s basically why it’s not a reliable way to sex a BP by spur size either. 

A message from Anonymous
How often do you suggest handling a young snake to get it used to you? (Not counting after it's eaten and when it's going to shed, obviously.)

Depending on the personality, once a day for about thirty minutes to once a week for about thirty minutes then working up from them. After the initial settling/quarantine period most BPs will be pretty down for handling any time though if you notice any stress behaviours (balling up, hissing, not feeding, etc.) it means you should probably back off.