Talk about eye-candy!!!! The Super Pastel is everything you want in a ball python. They are bright yellow. They have lots of blushing. And when bred to a normal, they produce nothing but morphs! Pastel Jungles to be precise.
My quest for a Super Pastel began in 2001. I was first attracted to Greg Graziani's web site after he had posted a picture of this incredible new snake he had just hatched out called a Super Pastel. I was blown-away by its beauty. I immediately went to Greg's site to see what he had available. I discovered some outstanding Pastel Jungles, one of which was truly outstanding. It was a female and priced well out of my range.
In the summer of 2001 I purchased an adult Pastel Jungle male from Greg Graziani. That fall I started breeding him to a group of normal females. It was my first breeding season and my other males consisted of a het caramel and het albino males. With limited females available, I decided to concentrate on the Pastel and was fortunate enough to produce 16 clutches that year of which 10 were Pastel clutches. Not bad for breeding 11 females to one Pastel! Someone had told me I was crazy for buying him for $3,500 US. Go ahead...call me crazy!
That summer I negotiated with Greg to purchase a two year old Pastel Jungle female, the one I wanted was the one he always claimed was the best he had ever produced. I always want the best, and in the end I got the best. Coincidently, she was the same female I had wanted when I first visited his web-site, and couldn't afford, but I had to have her. The following breeding season she was bred to another Pastel Jungle male that I had also picked up from Greg that summer that was as a result of a Pastel to Pastel breeding, making him an F2. She successfully went on to produce a seven egg clutch in the spring of 2003, of which there were 1 normal, 4 pastels and 2 Super Pastels. The first ever produced in Canada.
One was beautiful and flawless and is used in my footer down below. The second had a major problem. (See Miracle Ball).
Greg was the first to state that she was unlike any other Super Pastel ever produced before, as did other big breeders. She was outrageous! She was a Super Duper Pastel! She now resides as part of Greg's collection in Florida.