The Brain Scoop:
Crocodiles vs. Alligators 

The order Crocodilia belongs to an ancient group of reptiles that began evolving 83.5 million years ago. To think that such animals can exist largely unchanged for literally millions of years is fascinating and humbling; it’s remarkable to think that such lifeforms can exist within changing environments and continue to persevere. 

This episode was produced, filmed, and edited by Tom McNamara, a new addition to The Brain Scoop’s team. We’re thrilled to have him working with us! He didn’t even pay me much to say that.

An accurate and entertaining explanation to a common question. Plus, Emily Graslie is awesome sauce. The end.

My albino female just had her pre-lay shed a few days ago, so in less than a month I should have some eggs from her in addition to my JCP clutch. This girl was bred to a Cinnamon-Spotnose (Twilight) and Enchi male :)

EGGS!!!! Vesper finally laid her clutch of beautiful eggs last night! There are 12 of them at about 50g each, and in 60 days I’ll hopefully have 12 mini carpets!!!

Vesper is so awkwardly HUGE! She’s been lying inverted the last couple weeks, and has begun nesting these last couple days. Eggs should be here any day now!!! :D

Diamond Pythons (Morelia spilota spilota) are a member of the carpet python complex, and inhabit south-eastern Australia. They are most often found in forested areas, but have been seen in more urban areas, and prefer rocky coastal regions during the cooler season. They have a white belly, and black back, covered in yellow speckles and white “rosettes” which strongly resemble diamond shapes. Their range often overlaps with other Morelia spilota sp. and crosses have been observed in the wild.

Being one of the most southerly species if snake in the world, they tolerate temperatures of 50 during the winter, and vast drops in temperature at night. Consequently, if kept too warm in captivity, their life span is usually around only 7 years. They are also a lean-bodied snake, with a very arboreal lifestyle; basking occurs in the morning and evening, of which adults need less because of their larger body mass. Juveniles are much more active, and often prefer to hunt lizards rather than rodents. With cooler temperatures, they must not be over fed, and should go without food over the winter season.

Because of this cool, low food intake lifestyle, diamond pythons are slow growing, and females often don’t become breeding size until 5-6 years of age. They are very visually aware, so they have exceptionally strong feeding responses, but are very docile once in the hands of a keeper.

Above is my female Lana :)

Lana after getting off her face mask. What a face!

My female Diamond Lana starting the shedding process, and trying to get the mask bit off her eyes. I love how bright her new yellows and white rosettes are!

Twilight (cinnamon Spotnose) x Normal, and hoping she’s taking!

My female albino is looking obviously gravid now!! She was crossed with an Enchi and Cinnamon Spotnose male, so all the combinations of the male morphs will be het albino :)

Vesper finally had her pre-lay shed! Eggs will be here soon, as she is hopefully beginning the ovulation period, which is when the hard shell develops around the follicle. Jasper is looking pretty dapper as well :)