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The Longest Continuously Running Herp Site on the Web - Celebrating our 22nd Year!
David P. Tracer
2015 All Captive-Born Current Projects and Potential Offspring List
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With the coming of 2015, we continue to focus big time on our blue tongue skinks. The last two months have seen the breeding of 3 of our female Meraukes, 2 of our Easterns, and our female Blotched! This is the first year we have bred Blotched and we are incredibly excited about it. It has been a long and somewhat stressful journey - especially brumating them for over two months at temps in the 40s and 50s! But they did well and came out of brumation looking healthy and eager to breed. And breed they did - 14 times over a one week period! Anyway, we have all of our fingers and toes crossed for babies this year. The baby season hopefully should begin in late April to early May. We are not keeping a wait list but feel free to contact us just to express interest if you'd like.
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Japanese Rat Snake (Elaphe climacophora): Japanese Rat Snakes or "Aodaisho" are medium sized, green to turquoise snakes that are easy to keep and breed. A population of albino variants known as "Shirohebi" (literally "white snakes") exists in Iwakuni City and is protected as a Japanese National Monument. Shirohebi vary from ivory white snakes with yellow saddles to some that are yellow on most of the dorsal surface. We have been one of the only regular U.S. producers of albino climacs since 2004! 100% Hets: $125; Shirohebi: $250.
African Mole Snake (Pseudaspis cana): African moles are one of the coolest snakes around. They seem like they're part Pituophis,
part Drymarchon, and part Thamnophis! And of course as their scientific name indicates they are also asp mimics. They start life as small speckled neonates and as they grow they gradually develop into large, solid-colored animals that could be brick red, light tan, chocolate brown, jet black, salmony pink, or olive green. Ovoviviparous (yes, that's right they're live-bearers!) they give birth to very large clutches of 20+ offspring (but ~95 is the all-time record!): $300.
Campina Grande Rainbow Boa (Epicrates assisi): The Campina Grande or Caatinga rainbow boa is one of the rarest of the rainbow boas. They come from a relatively small area of Northern Brazil and look superficially similar to the Brazilian Rainbow Boa but with more of a silvery sheen and striping on the neck. They also stay somewhat smaller and a bit more slender than Brazilian rainbows. A different, truly beautiful and much-sought-after rainbow species. $350.
Colombian Rainbow Boa (Epicrates maurus): Colombian rainbows are one of the easier rainbow boas to work with and are quite a bit more tolerant of variation in conditions than the other rainbows. They also stay a manageable size and are easy to breed. They have never been quite as popular as Brazilians rainbows because they are a duller color and pattern but just wait until you see the beauty of some of the incredible Colombian rainbow morphs that we're working with - beautiful yellow and white red-eyed albinos, solid white blue-eyed leucistics, and brick colored patternless (see our gallery for some examples). Albinos: $2000, Leucistics: $1750, Patternless: $250, Inquire for prices on hets.
East African Sand Boa ( Eryx colubrinus loveridgei): A species that is near and dear to our heart since we published our first herp-related article on the care and breeding of East African or Kenyan sand boas in Reptile and Amphibian Magazine way back in 1996. We are now working with a trio of Bell-line albinos carefully chosen for their vivid coloration. Our albino Kenyans are a great choice for those looking to keep boas that are beautiful, hardy, easy to breed, and that stay a manageable size: $100.
Ball Python (Python regius): One of the most popular of the pythons, these small African snakes are hardy and very easy to breed. We are working with albinos, pieds, cinnys, mojaves, enchis, mystics, potions, ivories, super stripes, champagnes and a couple of other exciting new morphs! Prices vary - inquire.
Tokay Geckos (Gekko gekko): Tokays are the pit bulls of the gecko world but can be tamed with gentle handling. They are large and impressive, unfussy feeders, possess a diverse repetoire of calls, and both our male and female exhibit the fascinating behavior of actively guarding their eggs and young. Easy to keep and breed. We are currently working with a variety of morphs including "calicos," "blue-headed greens," "leucistics," and more! Tokays are priced depending on the morph; Inquire.
Eastern Blue Tongue Skinks (Tiliqua scincoides scincoides): These are PURE Eastern Blue Tongues exclusively from Thunder Bay Herp stock. Easterns are hardy and docile - an all around excellent choice for a blue tongue pet or breeding project. We have both wide and thin banded animals as well as one line that produces hypomelanistic animals. Easterns used to be very common in the US but are now relatively hard to find. Animals are priced according to looks but average $375.
Northern Blue Tongue Skinks (Tiliqua scincoides intermedia): Northern Blueys are just a no-brainer for people looking for either a lizard pet or breeding project. They get large, are beautiful, fairly undemanding captives and get quite docile; almost affectionate! Our breeding stock contains carefully chosen animals from the lineages of Captive Bred Excellence (Tad and Donna Fitzgerald), Andrew Seike, and Ben Siegel/Bonita Galas. If you're looking for beautiful PURE Northern Blue Tongues from great bloodlines, look no further! Animals are priced according to looks but average $200.
Merauke Blue Tongue Skink (Tiliqua gigas evanescens): Also known as the Southern New Guinea Blue Tongue skink, Meraukes are highly variable in appearance but ours are extremely attractive, displaying very thin bands on bright orange to flaming red backgrounds. Meraukes are among the longest of the blue tongues, mostly due to their extremely long tails and have black legs mottled with white flecks. Captive-Born Meraukes are every bit as docile and easy to work with as Northern and Eastern Aussie Blue tongues. A great choice for a first blue tongue keeper. Animals are priced according to appearance and intensity/vibrance of color but average $250.
Alpine Blotched Blue Tongue Skink (Tiliqua nigrolutea): One of the holy grails of the blue tongue skink world. These alpine dwelling Aussie blue tongues are shiny jet black with bright yellow to vibrant orange blotches. They have a great personality - not at all aggressive but also not afraid of anything. One of the rarest of the blue tongues in the US. Animals are priced according to appearance and intensity/vibrance of color but average $2000.
Future Projects: Kei Island Blue Tongue Skinks; Tanimbar Blue Tongue Skinks; Indonesian Blue Tongue Skinks; "Wipeout" line Brazilian Rainbow Boas and more!
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