Who are we?
Well, technically, it's just me. I am now a postdoc in astronomy, though
I have loved creepy crawlies my whole life. I grew up out in the country in
Indiana, which was full of neat insects, toads, snakes, and crayfish. I even
raised monarch butterflies for several years. (I wonder if my parents are still
fighting off the milkweed infestation of the garden after I planted them there.
Unfortunately, my mother was (and still is) deathly afraid of snakes,
so I was never able to keep them. I did have some anoles
for a year or two when I was young (one of them I brought with me from Florida--imagine
trying to get one of those on a plane now). I knew I would have
to wait until I moved away before I could satisfy my desire for a pet snake.
In undergrad, I began my foray into herpetoculture when my roommate and I
decided to get a pair of leopard geckos. We fell in love with their crazy
antics and unique personalities. A year after moving to Tucson for grad
school, I discovered a flyer for a reptile show--something I had never
heard of before. I trundled off to the show, and several hours of drooling
and chatting to different breeders about different kinds of snakes
reminded me just how much I loved snakes. After inquiring as to whether
my mother truly wouldn't come to visit if I got a snake (she reluctantly
decided she still would), I brought home Irulan, a normal female ball python.
I don't fully understand why, but ball pythons fascinate me more than any
other snake I've ever encountered. They are such gentle creatures, with
a wide variety of personalities and color morphs (not to mention the ability
to give wonderful neck massages). As I slowly increased my collection of
reptiles, I finally began to understand the saying, "Reptiles are like
potato chips: you can never have just one!" At the time of this writing,
I have bearded dragons, leopard geckos, fat-tail geckos, a Brazilian rainbow
boa, a green tree python, and, of course, a pile of ball pythons.
I had Irulan for nearly three years before I decided to get into breeding, which
started when I saw the most beautiful Lesser I'd ever seen on Kingsnake.
Some bargaining (and a couple months) later, I had Iridium, and it pretty much
snowballed from there. I love the animals, and I absolutely adore seeing those
little noses poking out of their eggs! I hope that through keeping and breeding
these wonderful creatures, I can educate others about snakes while providing quality
morphs for collectors, breeders, and pet enthusiasts alike. I consider all my reptiles
my "children," and I treat them as such, giving them as much care and attention
as I possibly can.
I thank you very much for visiting my humble site, and I hope that even if
you don't like snakes all that much, you leave this site with a better appreciation for
them and those crazy lunatics who keep or breed them.
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