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It's been busy!

Posted by Colleen on March 12, 2010 at 10:56 AM Comments comments (44)

It's been pretty busy around here!  We've had our first gecko egg hatch and two more laid and I've decided to scour the world for a mate for my Dino leachie and this means I have to sell Stella to pay for a male.  Too bad, as I'd like to keep both of them, but of course, space is limiting.  Missed my chance to get one in February as Mark was making a trip to pick up some geckos and I wasn't ready!  The little baby chahoua is amazing and I might end up keeping her as she will be the tamest gecko in history!

Also in recent events, my first reptile expo as a vendor went Very well! 

I sold a number of baby corns as well as my pair of hognoses.  They were very nice, but it is better to consolidate my species list a bit more.  Although I have been very distracted lately by the idea of the pygmy pythons (Antaresia perthensis), or the small Stimson's pythons (Antaresia stimsoni).  They are pretty and only 2-3 feet long!  This means, smaller cages and smaller prey!  I like!  Only trouble is the rarity and price... I believe that only Henry Piorun of BC is breeding them now in Canada.  The children's pythons which are related are almost as small and much cheaper, but not as pretty.

Upcoming Show this Sunday!

Posted by woodhousereptiles on October 1, 2009 at 10:43 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm really looking forward to this Sunday as it will be the first Ontario Reptile Expo at which I am a Vendor and not a just a visitor!   I'm basically hoping to sell a few corn snakes and enjoy the show.  I always love talking to people about reptiles and this will give me a whole day to chat with people.  I hope it will be busy and fun with lots of new people interested in getting a first pet, since that is my favourite thing.

Wish me luck!

Canadian Reptile Breeder's Expo - What a blast!

Posted by woodhousereptiles on September 21, 2009 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The expo was wonderful.  There is something so very nice about taking the time to see everything you want and not feel rushed like at every other expo.  After 7 hours of prowling the stalls examining everything in the entire conference centre I could relax and think about spending the next day in complete contentment while getting to know other reptile people at the show and taking pictures and just taking all the time I needed to be sure we weren't forgetting any key items.  At the expos there is always more to see and admire.  The incredible animals of all sorts are so interesting and that I could talk about them all day.  Oh yes, I did that.... :) Getting to know other herpers was so much fun, wish I could do that more often.  We came home with my dream pair of chahoua geckos and a baby caramel corn snake for my future Butter project and that was a lot of fun.  The snake is such a calm one, I'm amazed.  Also picked up a small pile of supplies, gecko food, clips, hides, a giant waterbowl (for the boas), and an exoterra stand.  The trip home was long, but we made it in one piece!  I could do that every year!  It made an interesting anniversary trip!

Oops! Not a reptile, but very, very cute.

Baby Corns and Reptile Expos!

Posted by woodhousereptiles on September 12, 2009 at 9:12 PM Comments comments (0)

We had two lovely clutches of corn snake eggs hatch from Plisskin and Morgan mommies.  The babies turned out to be very interesting in Morgan's case with a mix of Normals and Motley pattern in 4 different morphs, normals, amels, anerys and snows, so it was great to prove out her genetics.  I'm thinking of looking into finding her a striped snow boyfriend to be able to produce striped babies in the future.  Stripes are so awesome!  I also may keep a couple of the nicest baby corns, but we'll have to see whether there is space...

We are very excited to be attending the 1st Canadian Reptile Breeders Expo in September!  The show will be a 2-day event with conference style talks as well as the usual expo goodness.  We will likely host our own table at the next Ottawa Reptile Expo as well, this being a first, which is also very exciting for October.

Snake eggs hatching soon!

Posted by woodhousereptiles on June 21, 2009 at 7:07 PM Comments comments (0)

We are looking forward to seeing our little corn snake eggs hatch soon, laid at the end of April, they could be hatching any day now.   The relatively unknown genetics of my corns make this quite exciting as there could be many possible morphs hatching soon.   Pictures to come soon!  Let us know if you are interested in a baby, they should be available starting in August after a few meals.  Cheerio!

Can't wait for the expo!

Posted by woodhousereptiles on April 15, 2009 at 10:49 PM Comments comments (0)

The next reptile expo is right around the corner and I can't wait!  I don't even have to drive 5 hours, or 2 hours! Or even more than 15 minutes to get there!  You can bet I'll be spending most of the day at the show hanging out!   Sometime in the next year or two, I might have my own table!  That would be exciting.  I'm probably only going to buy supplies and maybe a male het pied ball python if there's one there...  Maybe a girlfriend for my crestie?  I really want to find some nice magnetic feeding ledges for my leachies, that would be great.  Those leachies are getting huge!!  Last weighing in at 160g and 172g!  Wow.  What little piglets :)

I will try to update the blog more than once a month!  I guess I was hibernating... that's my excuse.

Back from the Caribbean!

Posted by woodhousereptiles on November 5, 2008 at 6:08 PM Comments comments (0)
What a gorgeous part of the world!  The azure, turquoise blue of the waters are unbelievable for those of us up north.  Those colours simply don't exist in nature up here and now my photos are totally unrealistic. 

Beautiful day

Posted by woodhousereptiles on September 26, 2008 at 11:46 AM Comments comments (0)
While I was going for a walk around campus, I saw a nice selection of native wildlife.  Luckily, I had my mom's Nice camera handy.  There were a lot of wild grapes about on the edge of the river:

Female mallard

Cormorant sunning his wings

Take off!



Sumac, up close

This little Northern ribbon snake was posing for a long time, while I frantically tried to delete a few pics to make more room on my camera for him.  He let me hold him as well :)

Most crazy reptile expo!

Posted by woodhousereptiles on September 22, 2008 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)
Sunday was the reptile expo in Mississauga, and wow, there were so many vendors!  It was a very busy place and I was wandering about with a slightly dazed expression and kept going back to some of the table which held particularly desirable animals for me.  I got to see my dream ball python in person, but I was so sad to see that it had a 'Sold' sign on it by the end of the day.  Next year, perhaps.  There was a dreamy little female crestie that I almost convinced myself to go find more money for....but logic ruled and I only came home with a little inexpensive normal ball python girl.  I also got a great BP book by Kevin McCurley, and a bunch of feeders: rats, ASFs, mice, silkworms, silkworm eggs and chow, mealworms and a set of probes.  It was a great expo, but I noticed that the variety of reptiles seemed to shrink a bit.  There were more ball pythons and cresties than anything else and hey look! More ball pythons!  Mark's (Northern Geckos) adult leachies were there on display and wow, they looked so great, I can't wait until mine are full grown.
Driving home was pretty painful as the 401 was closed for some reason near Napanee and we were driving at walking pace for about an hour before we could get off and take an alternate route home.  11 1/2 hours in the car is enough for one day, blech.

Hognose colours

Posted by woodhousereptiles on September 19, 2008 at 5:54 PM Comments comments (0)
Recently, I've noticed that my Normal hognose has been developing some really neat colours.  It seems that he has pale green on his upper side scales, and lots of pink coming out on the lower side scales.  I can't seem to capture the colours with my camera (Canon s600), every setting I've tried seems to wash out the colours completely like they're not even there...  I will see if I can borrow a nicer camera (Nikon D50) to try a better quality lens on it.  Hmmm... maybe I just need better lights??  Has anyone else ever seen GREEN and PINK on their hognoses?
So pretty!