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The Rain Gene

In 2012 we came across these Phantom combos that caught our attention. There was just something going on here that was described to us as a Fader type gene.  We felt differently about that description and iballpythons decided to acquire the Rain project in 2012. The stand out animals were two Super Phantom Rains (a male and a female).

We felt that pairing the Super Phantom Rain to Mojave should jumpstart the Rain project based on the phenotypic presentation of these animals.  In 2013, logically to us we put the male to a gorgeous quality Mojave female in the hopes of producing a purple passion or a faded type animal. We felt that if the result were ordinary looking purple passions (Phantom Mojaves) then, that would be then end of that road.   At that time, I remember thinking that soon we would be producing really nice Purple Passions from great quality genetics. Customers were snapping up purple passions and we would have great examples of the combo available. When these babies hatched, the clutch did not disappoint. The purple passion was a stunner but, we also could not believe what else was in the clutch! We hit 2 awesome looking purple passion type animals with marked differences from ordinary Purple Passions!  We hit a male and a female Phantom Mojave Rain in the clutch!!!  It took a little while for us to wrap our heads around the results. It is no secret that in order to attain true genetic advancement you should use high quality animals. When both parents contribute their high quality traits the resulting offspring are usually phenotypically progressive yielding stunning examples of a given combo. Our new creations were coined the Purple Rains! In short order we organized a paring plan around the Rains!  At that point, we had no idea of the road we were about to embark on. We were just happy to have produced our 1st Worlds First pair! The Rain gene washed out, faded, color altered and pattern changed the regular Purple Passion ball pythons. The name Rain fit perfectly because the gene effect was like leaving something out in the Rain and having color and/or pattern washed away! The Rain gene effect was not subtle and was just sitting there waiting for its secrets to be discovered!

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We have been meticulous about which genes to pair with Rain ever since.  We have systematically proceeded to prove the gene incomplete dominant (Co-Dom).  And, we have created some amazing combos along the way, all along unlocking the secrets of the Rain gene.  One of the intriguing characteristics of the Rain gene is its ability to effect something different to almost every morph we have paired it with (pattern interruption seems to be the hallmark). The exciting part is that we have not paired a lot of the common base morphs or staple genes to Rain as of yet! So the future of this project remains very interesting to say the least.

We have kept production low and have not released any of the Rain gene as of yet. As we continue to work through the project, plans are in the works for 1st round US release of a limited number of females in 2017. We look forward to our continued efforts to bring you new and amazing Rain combos and continue to Make it Rain! Please enjoy the following pictures of some of our amazing Rain combos! Highlights along the way have been the Black Rain (Black Head Rain), the Rain Maker (Super Phantom Super Rain) and the Leopard Rain. One of our personal favorites is the 2016 hatchling GHI Phantom Rain which will surely bring more rain into the forecast.

Get your rain gear ready because there is a rain storm coming!