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Super Cypress hatchlings produced by Micheal Freedman of The Florida Reptile Ranch.

The Cypress is an incomplete dominant mutation that appears to be similar, and possibly related, to the recently introduced Bongo from E.B. Noah in Ghana.

crispyfishsticks replied to your post “crispyfishsticks replied to your post “And where on earth have I…”

I know those feels, the beginning of this year was scary as hell for me. Life happens though, there will always be situations out of your control. All you can do is prepare as best you can for it and take the punches as they come. Best of luck!

D’aww thanks! <3 yeah even with no income or spare cash, 2014 has been INFINITELY better than 2013, and more awesome things are still to come. I had to do the bounce back to the parent’s after college thing, which stings a little (man I wanted to be on my own all professional and stuff so bad by now) but they’re more than willing to help me get back on my feet so I’m not completely sunk.

novelcannibal replied to your post “crispyfishsticks replied to your post “And where on earth have I…”

Any way you can arrange breeding your collection? Make some income that way?

Hmm, it could be possible. Right now the only things I could pair up would be leopard geckos, even if it’s a bit late in the season. I could potentially make Snow Bells, Super Snow Bells, Snow Rainwaters, Super Snow Rainwaters, Tangerine Rainwaters and possibly more Patternless Rainwaters. I would need some housing for babies, but other than that I have an incubator and everything else. Maybe I’ll keep this option on the table too. I sure do miss babies, they’re so cuuuute.

crispyfishsticks replied to your post “And where on earth have I been???”

Ugh I feel you, all the upgrading is bleeding me dry lol. Glad you made it in and got everyone up and running without too much issue!

Yeah guuuuh, and I feel so bad because the corns look so cramped too (they’ve grown a ton in five years!) but my options are slim, especially with having no job or income of any kind at the current moment. So I either need to find a part-time job or have some insanely good freelance gigs fall in my lap. It’s hard because I remember how I’ve stressed to people “don’t get the animal unless you can afford it!” but now I’m finding myself with a collection that I used to be able to afford, but suddenly can’t because of life circumstances that were out of my control. I sure didn’t ask to get kicked out of my job last year, and the reptiles have been weighing on my mind ever since because I’ve had to make a few compromises on their needs so that I can get by. So fingers crossed that my situation can improve soon!

And yeah! I think the only thing that took a hit was my mealworm colony since I had to leave so much of it behind. Thankfully I’m brilliant at breeding those things so I should have the numbers up in no time. All the reptiles are looking nice and happy though, Mai Tai is convinced she’s a rattlesnake now too, I need to do some daily handling sessions I think before she goes completely insane on me.

Well i didn’t quite plan to go into a month long hiatus but moving is way more busy than I expected and I’m still trying to get the mealworms organized and the new reptile room (yes I have a dedicated room for them now!) set up and figured out, plus trying to coax some cornsnakes into feeding again. The plus side is all the snakes that came with me from Georgia have finally eaten (the BP’s took their time) so I’ll officially consider my cross-country move successful!

Right now I need to figure out how to scrape together money for a 41qt rack of some kind, my corns and ball pythons are way too big for their current tubs. Ahh the life of a reptile keeper, perpetually needing to buy things…

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So I know the bird people of Tumblr have a census post that makes the rounds; maybe the reptile people of Tumblr can, too? Reblog if you like reptiles and like to talk about them on the internet! I’m curious to see how deep this tortoise burrow goes.

Just curious but have you ever been bitten by your pets?

I’ve been bitten by my smaller snakes two times, but that was because I was poking my hands in their cage while they were hungry, so it was my fault and not very exciting.

The award for cutest bite goes to one of my Leopard Geckos though, because this one time I picked her up after I had been digging through mealworms and she pretty much did the following…


What killed me was just how gently she clamped onto my finger and then puuuuulled as hard as she could. Then she let go when she realized it wasn’t food. I almost dropped her I was laughing so hard.



(aka why HSUS is full of shit. Please donate to your local shelters! HSUS is NOT your local shelter.)

"Boa constrictors — the most popular in the pet trade — have predictably established more invasive populations than any of the other constrictor snakes"

FACT: There is only one population (Deering Estate, south of Miami). This population is reportedly the result of release or escape of boas during a movie set in the 1960s. Regardless of the cause, it has been noted since the 1970s and in over 40 years, the snakes have not moved outside of this original parcel. They are struggling to survive on this small tract of land and have not “invaded” to form other populations. Also, Boa constrictors of the subspecies Boa constrictor imperator are native into the Sonoran Desert of northern Mexico. If they could be invasive into a large area of the U.S., they would be here now.

"Boa constrictors have killed one adult and injured numerous children — biting them in the face, ambushing them while playing in their yards, and even attacking them while sleeping in their beds."

FACT: Boa constrictors have not been documented “ambushing them [children] while playing in their yards.” There have been sensationalized stories and misidentified snakes that were actually native species, which still would not have ambushed anyone. While bites from snakes do occur, any animal, including humans, may defend themselves if they feel threatened or are handled inappropriately.

"boa constrictors have also been killing people’s companion animals."

FACT: There have not been any documented cases of feral Boa constrictors killing people’s pets.

"Constrictor snakes can attack suddenly and with deadly force, preying on unsuspecting people who encounter someone’s escaped or released constrictor snake"

FACT: Constrictor snakes are not in the U.S. “preying on unsuspecting people.” All incidents involving constrictor snakes occurred within the owner’s property. Even USGS (a Government science organization) recently published an article stating that no tourists in the Everglades have been attacked by pythons. There is unfortunately a population of Burmese pythons there as a result of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. The pythons in southern Florida are not the result of irresponsible pet owners driving from all over the country to release their pets into the Everglades.

 “Boa constrictors and reticulated pythons have already killed five adults and three babies, and the danger continues to escalate.”

FACT: There have been 3 total deaths reportedly from Reticulated pythons and Boa constrictors.* All three deaths were to adults and they were the owners of the snakes. One case involved a woman giving a 14’ Reticulated python a shot (administering medication) without assistance. The Boa-related death was very odd as reportedly there was another adult on site and in the same room. Boas do not get nearly large enough to be uncontrollable for two adults. All three deaths happened in the households where the animals lived and resulted from improper handling of the animals. The other deaths from large constrictors involved Burmese pythons or African Rock pythons, not Boa constrictors or Reticulated pythons. All these species have very different behavioral qualities and each is unique. Just like people, even individual animals have varying “personalities.”

*NOTE: There have been 10 constrictor snake-related deaths in the U.S. since 1990. At least one case has been noted as potentially fraudulent (i.e. the snake did not kill the person). No case occurred outside the household/facility that housed the snake. All incidents reported are tragedies, as are all premature and accidental deaths. 

“Boa constrictors, the most popular of the nine large constrictor snakes in the pet trade, are predators who can grow up to 13 feet long…”

FACT: Most Boa constrictors in captivity are 5-8’ (males are much smaller than females) and weigh less than 25 pounds. Boas over 10’ in captivity are rare. Often reports of 10’ snakes (of any species) only measure about 7’. The record length snakes were in the wild, and were not captive bred and raised animals. Boa constrictor constrictor (BCC) is the largest of the 9 subspecies of Boa constrictor and they are not common as pets. By far, the most common pet subspecies is Boa constrictor imperator (BCI), which is found from northern Colombia through Central America to northern Mexico. Many populations in Central America and Mexico only reach 4-5’ in length.

“They die during capture and transport.”

FACT: This implies that these snakes are all wild-caught animals imported into the country. Nearly all large species of constrictor snakes are born and bred in the U.S. Very few animals are imported and even many of those are from breeders in other countries, not wild-caught animals.

"One study showed that Burmese pythons in the Everglades may have contributed to a 99 percent decrease in the numbers of certain small- to medium-sized mammals."

FACT: This study was not able to link Burmese pythons with the decline in mammal populations and very unscientific assumptions were made.

Do not ever support the HSUS, all they do is spew lies.  

There’s only been one documented case of a man killed by a boa.  As it turned out, what was not reported was that he and his friend were wasted and doing irresponsible shit with it.  Not hard to see how an animal would feel insecure atop a teetering drunk and clamp down, unintentionally strangling its owner (alternatively, it could be his friend murdered him and the snake got the blame).   

Outside of that, the other facts here are true - boas are not an invasive threat at all, nor do they prey on people or ambush children or attack you while you’re sleeping.  That’s just ridiculous. 

Ignore the terrible photo, but my female okeetee corn snake finally decided to get on with laying her clutch of slugs and is out and about again! Yeah looks like she&#8217;s going to be one of those corns who is just so enthusiastic about making babies.

Ignore the terrible photo, but my female okeetee corn snake finally decided to get on with laying her clutch of slugs and is out and about again! Yeah looks like she’s going to be one of those corns who is just so enthusiastic about making babies.

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Hi! Love your blog by the way. I am a fellow reptile enthusiast & I have loved them since forever. I have a beardie & a red eared slider that I adore. I was looking into maybe getting either a crested, leopard, or other gecko. Any advice? Pros/cons?

Ok right! Sorry about the epic late reply, I’ve literally been racing around to every corner of the country in the past few weeks so I finally have a chance to breath now.

But yes! I can totally tell you about these guys. I have the most experience with Leopard Geckos but I know a decent bit about cresties too. In my opinion they’re both great, so ultimately it’s up to personal preference.

Here’s my summary of each plus others:

Leopard Geckos
Omg they’re so cute and friendly and they all have their little personalities. They come in gorgeous colors and aren’t that expensive and are really easy to find. There’s a good reason they’re so popular because they’re super easy to care for.
They’ll need a heat source, and live insects for food, which can be the only slightly hasselsome thing, but honestly bugs are pretty easy to find/breed these days. They need more horizontal space since they’re terrestrial animals, so a long tank or plastic container is best, depending on which you prefer.

Crested Geckos
Again, super adorable, super friendly, easy to find, inexpensive for a basic one, really easy to care for, etc. They’re also really popular for a reason haha.
They won’t need a heat source, they do best at room temperature, but they will need a taller cage because they’re arboreal and like to perch/climb on things. You can mainly feed them Crested Gecko Diet but they will still need insects in their diet as well. Not as many insects as Leos though.

I’ll also add Gargoyle Geckos to the suggestions, they’re pretty much the same care requirements as Cresties and are also really cool animals.

Other cool options are African Fat-Tailed Geckos, Knob-Tailed Geckos, and probably others I’m completely forgetting oops.

I always find myself suggesting Leopard, Crested, and Gargoyle geckos when people ask me about a good starter reptile. I don’t think any one is better than the other, they’re all pretty equal, so I guess it depends on which you like best!