Ball Python genetic test

How do I test my shed?

Step 2

Fill in a paper containing:

  • your name
  • your email address
  • the snake’s ID (how you know which snake this is, this can be the snake’s name or a number)
  • the morph
  • the tests you want to perform.

Only sheds containing this information will be tested! 

Place the test card, together with the shed, in a closed Ziploc bag and store it in a dry room at room temperature or in the freezer. Sheds stored in the freezer will be less likely to fail during a test. A dry shed can easily be stored for 3 months. If you wish to store the shed longer please put it in the freezer. 



Step 1

Collect a Dry shed from the animal you want to test. The minimum needed is a shed the size of your hand palm. If it is a baby, collect the complete shed. This can be used to perform up to five tests. Gently try to remove as much substrate as possible, but it doesn’t matter if there is some substrate that sticks to the shed (e.g. some remaining cocos). If the shed is not dry, you can dry it on a surface in your house (Do not dry it in the sun or the test will fail). If the shed was wet for too long, the test will not work. So always collect fresh sheds for the testing procedure. You do not need to collect additional sheds if you want to perform multiple tests on the same animal.




Step 3

The Ziploc bag is now ready for delivery to Proherper Labs. This can be done by handing over the shed at any Houten or Hamm show, or you can sent the bags to the following address via conventional mail: Proherper Labs, Wijngaardstraat 27, 3290 Diest, Belgium. If the shed was stored in the freezer you do not need to keep it cold during transport.

More questions? Check out our frequently asked questions!