Buyer’s Guide: Dreamsicle project

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2014 Dreamsicle Female

One of the most highly valued projects here at JKR is the Dreamsicle (Lavender Albino Piebald). This combo is one of the most valued and sought after Ball Python combos in existence.

Because of this, I get a lot of inquiries about the project, and a lot of questions about buying scenarios. Unless they have experience with a double recessive project like this, most people are unsure how to make a smart buy.

To clarify options, here are some scenarios with the ongoing outcome and odds. Because I want this article to be helpful for many years to come, this guide excludes buy-in costs and profit scenarios.

Option #1: Lowest Initial Investment


Animals Needed:
 Lavender Male / Piebald Female

Time to make Dreamsicles: 2-4 seasons breeding seasons on average

Odds: 0 the first breeding, 1:16 the subsequent breeding

Notes: This will be a 2 step project. Breed this pair together to create double Het Dreamsicles, then breed the resulting dbl hets together for a 1:16 (per egg) chance at a visual Dreamsicle. This process from beginning to end will likely take 4-5 years with optimal odds.


Option #2: Getting right to it

double Het Dreamsicle (Het Lav & Het Piebald)
double Het Dreamsicle (Het Lav & Het Piebald)

Animals Needed: Male / Female pair of double Het Dreamsicles

Time to make Dreamsicles: 1-2 breeding seasons dependent on odds

Odds: 1:16

Notes: This cuts 2-3 seasons and a complete breeding cycle out of the process compared to option #1. Your odds of producing a Dreamsicle will be 1:16, a long shot. It might take 2 or more clutches to hit the odds.


Option #3: Serious business

 

Lavender Het Piebald
Lavender Het Piebald

Animals Needed: Male Lavender het Piebald (or Pied Het Lav) / Female dbl het Dreamsicle

Time to make Dreamsicles: 1st breeding season with good odds

Odds: 1:8

Notes: The time scenario here is the same previously, however the odds are now doubled. 1:8 offspring will now be Dreamsicles, meaning most clutches from this pair will include a Dreamsicle.


Option #4: Take no prisoners

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Piebald het Lavender Albino

Animals Needed: Male Lavender het Piebald / Female Pied Het Lavender (or reverse)

Time to make Dreamsicles: 1st breeding season

Odds: 
1:4

Notes: Fantastic odds to produce Dreamsicles with great surety. 1:4 offspring will now be Dreamsicles, meaning most clutches from this pair will include at least one Dreamsicle.


Option #5: Pro package

Dreamsicle
Dreamsicle

Animals Needed: Male Dreamsicle / Female Pied Het Lavender (or Lav het Pied)

Time to make Dreamsicles: 1st breeding season

Odds: 1:2

Notes: Fantastic odds to produce Dreamsicles in great quantity. Half offspring will now be Dreamsicles, meaning most clutches from this pair will include at least one Dreamsicle.


Option #6: Nothing but Dreams

 

The first Dreamsicle hatched here at JKR.
The first Dreamsicle hatched here at JKR.

Animals Needed: Male Dreamsicle / Female Dreamsicle

Time to make Dreamsicles: 1st breeding season

Odds: 1:1

Notes: Nothing but Dreamsicles, 100%. However, while each previous option offered a greater and greater return on initial investment, this doesn’t continue on #6. At present, the cost of purchasing a pair of Dreamsicles does not offer a better value than doing option #5 + one extra female. (Lav Het Pied or Pied Het Lav)

As always, you can see my current Dreamsicle project availability on the JKR Master Available list. I would be happy to help you start your Dreamsicle journey.

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