The creative mind of JKR !!!

If you don't know Justin Kobylka Reptiles, prepare to be blown away!

Justin is the master of thinking outside of the box.

Some of his projects appear to come out of nowhere and always shock the community with what can be done with reptiles.

I have had the privilege of picking his brains and discussing ball python genetics.

Take a look at a few of the topics we discussed.

From the batman to magma and pompeii, it seems that you always know what is going to work well.

I do have a very good sense for it, and instinctively head in positive directions, but it's also the result of a lot of experimentation that isn’t always publicly shown.

How do you decide on what combo to go for and does this take years of planning?

It's a combination of both. Many things require years of planning, such as multi-recessive combinations. But overall most things are a beginning of season decision based on which animals I have to work with. A big part of it though is making sure that I have a large variety of mutations to work with, so a lot of flexibility - not railroaded into a certain path.

I'm sure that everyone will agree, the red stripe project was an awesome decision.

can you tell us anything more about the pompeii?

At this point I’ve not released details on the Pompeii, but I don’t expect it to be a long-term secret. The most exciting part of it for me is that I expect it to be just the starting point of what is possible along those lines!

Do you have any other secret combos in the works?

Definitely! We will see how great they actually are when finally reached... I can’t wait!

Are you planning to visit the UK any time soon. If so, will you be attending and reptile shows?

I try to get there every couple of years. Love the UK! Unfortunately my trips are typically planned around the Hamm show, so I’ve not yet visited any local shows.

What combo do you think makes the best all black or all white snake?

The purest all-white snake would be a Super Fire (fire complex) animal that doesn’t have any yellow patches… Also an all-white Spider Pied is perfectly white as well. Most people think the Blue-Eyed Lucy complex is white, but they are actually an off-white / cream color.

The best all-black snake to date would either be a Black Pastel Suma or a GHI Suma. The Suma project is really picking up steam!

How many ball pythons have you hatched out over the past year? Do you see your numbers growing?

My numbers change a lot from year to year even though I constantly breed approximately the same number of females. But year to year there’s will be different percentages of them that actually produce. Typically its between 100-150 clutches with an consistent average of 7 eggs per clutch.