Amazon Tree Boas:
The majority of my collection is comprised of my favorite species of snake, Corallus hortulanus; otherwise known as the Amazon Tree Boa. Almost all of my animals are captive born and bred from a few select breeders in the US that I trust. I should preface that I trust very few people when it comes to keeping, breeding, selling, and caring for reptiles. This means that I have, in my opinion, some specimens that are what I consider irreplaceable. I try to lean on more females than males as I like to give females the year off after having a litter. My main focus regarding this species is:
- Patternless Reds & Oranges
- Patterned Reds
- Yellow & Orange Banded with NO black
- Calicos (the only morph I have any interest in working with)
Papuan Carpet Pythons:
I have 2 pairs of these wonderful pythons. Most people in the hobby call them IJ's or Irian Jaya Carpets, but in truth, they don't even live on this island. My animals are from the following bloodlines:
- Eric Burke's Tiger Stripes (100% IJ)
- Yasser (Spitfire Reptiles) Stock from Wild Caught Parents
- Animals from Wild Caught Founder Stock produced by Steven Katz
- Will Leary Stock
I currently only have 1 female Diamond and am awaiting a male to hatch from a good friend. They are probably 1 of my 2 favorite python Species. My female was produced by Terry Burwell of TB Snakes. The parents to this animal came directly from Kam which is reportedly zoo stock and confirmed after digging a little deeper and reaching out to people in that field. Phenotypically and from a reputable source, this female is pure, and most likely unrelated to any other bloodlines in the country, based on what I was told.
Green Tree Pythons:
Most of you that have known me for a long time, know that there was a time that I kept GTP's (I.E. - Chondros) exclusively. They have always held a soft place in my heart ever since stumbling on to Greg Maxwell's site and numerous late night phone conversations with the late rico Walder. Then I found the Chondro Web Forum and the Morelia Viridis Forum and all else is history! I sold all of my animals in 2010 after going through a divorce. Recently, I have acquired a small group of locality type animals that i'm very excited about. I used to be more of a "designer" fan but now, I feel the locality types are what interests me most; as well as locality crosses. I have chosen 2 locales to work with, being Biaks & Cyclops Mountains. My primary focus is to raise these animals up and either make Biak X Cyclops Crosses, or Cyclops Mountain Locality types with an emphasis on blue pattern and white dorsal rosettes. Additionally, I want to try and refine my Biaks into producing High Black Biaks, or rather, animals that show a high degree of melanism for the locale. I'm currently working with several younger specimens that I'm raising up.
Northern D'Alberts Pythons:
I'm not a huge fan of patternless species. However, one of my favorite pythons is the Northern D'Alberts Python, or known in the hobby as White Lipped Pythons. I prefer the Northerns to the Southerns, even though both are absolutely stunning in their own right! Almost 20 years ago, I lived in San Diego, and frequently visited LLL Reptile and Supply Company in Ocean Beach. During one such visit, they had a smaller adult male for sale that I requested to hold. It was extremely placid and I have loved the species ever since. I also had the opportunity to handle one of Brian Barczyk's at the Reptarium and we took out his adult that is currently on display there. That animal was so placid that I was hooked! I now have 2.2 younger animals that i'm raising up and plan on adding more. These are all farm-hatched babies that I got right after their 2nd sheds, hand-picked by Dan Mulleary when he visited the farm.
Neotropical Bird Snakes:
.Thee guys definitely fit into the obscure category, but they are such a rewarding and unique species to work with. They remind me of a colubrid-version of an Amazon Tree Boa in many ways, which probably explains my draw to them. I currently have 2.3 babies that i'm raising up from 2 different breeders and multiple pairings. Hopefully these guys will continue to be so rewarding to keep and breed in the future. Either way, I'm enjoying the journey and sucking up every lesson I can learn from keeping them and watching their behavior.
Malaysian Mangrove Snakes:
This is another species that I am 100% hooked on. There's just something about that sleek scale appearance and the combination of their black and yellow colors. Contrary to the Indonesian variety, Boiga Dendrophilia Dendrophilia, the Malaysian Mangroves are much more enjoyable to work with. While they attain a larger size, I have found them to be much more placid and easy to get feeding on f/t unscented rodents. Mine don't miss a meal, and they have never given me a threat posture with that gaping open mouth you see on all the youtube videos. I simply leave the prey in over night and it's usually gone within 30 minutes! They are one of my favorite species to keep and I absolutely love working with them! I currently have 2.2 and like the bird snakes, plan on adding more to that group.
I don't consider myself a Tarantula "breeder", but I have always had a fascination with many arachnid species, specifically the ones I keep. My main interest is in the New World T's (basically the species that inhabit North, Central, & South America, as well as the Caribbean Islands). That said, there are some Old World species I'd like to work with as well, but haven't taken the plunge. Of the species below, I only have 1-5 specimens from each species. That way i can breed them in the future, and like all my reptiles, I only buy slings. While adults are convenient, I truly believe buying younger animals of any species pays off in the long run as you get to know the "ticks" of each animal and the grow accustomed to the consistency of your husbandry methods. My intention is to possibly breed these in the future but if I don't, it's okay, as getting babies is secondary to the enjoyment i gain from observing them. Worse case scenario, they turn out male, I'd be happy to send them off to capable keepers/breeders in exchange for 10-15 slings lol. Like I said, this is just a fun pet project for me...
brachypelma albiceps: (Mexican Golden Red Rump)
brachypelma sabulosum: (Guatemalan Red Rump)
Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens: (Green Bottle Blue)
Cariibena versicolor: (Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula)
Avicularia merianae: (Tarapoto Pink Toe)
Psalmopoeus pulcher: (Panama Blonde)