July 1, 2010 proved to be a very exciting day for all of us at HVH. One of our favorite ball python genes has always been the clown gene. We like the fact that it is both a color and a pattern variation, as well as the fact that many clowns tend to grow lighter in color as they age, as opposed to browning out like so many other ball python genetic mutations. We also have become very interested in the desert gene, which we have found to stay very clean and bright well into adulthood. Combining these genes has always been a goal of ours, so last summer when we had the opportunity to pick up a male desert 100% heterozygous for clown from Chad Brown and Robyn Markland at Pro Exotics, we jumped on the opportunity.