It has been some time since we posted our last blog and we appreciate your feedback and comments as always. I hope to do some more blogging as time allows in the future and look forward to making new friends on iHerp!
Tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes. OH MY!
Our first year in North Carolina has been challenging and exciting to say the least. We didn't have the best of luck field herping, but I know lots of new exciting adventures await to share with my daughter. We were lucky to have survived mother nature's wrath and produced some beautiful reptiles this year. However, we did loose some babies from intense August heat, including Beta who was one of our first Extreme Harlequins that we produced years ago.
What a strange year it has been across the nation? The fire at Pro Exotics has been a horrible loss the reptile industry and my heart goes out to them. We are also mourning the loss of Steve Jobs from Apple today as he always been one of my favorite heros. I sincerely hope both companies will move forward and continue to inspire others to be successful in the future.
Internationally speaking, the economy has been rough for everyone across the globe. Earthquakes devasted the people of Japan and Haiti and the world scrambled to offer them relief. Obama attacked Libya and we were finally able to track down Bin Laden and put him to rest. I hope we can try to move forward from terrorists and look forward to better times to come for everyone during 2012.
Taking everything into micro-perspective we were mostly fortunate during 2011. Our new reptile rooom allowed us to start some new breeding projects and we produced some incredible babies that were even beyond my expectations.
First our Bearded Dragons hatchlings were able to hang with the best-of-the-best at local reptile shows. Although we didn't quite break even I am looking forward to seeing the babies from 2012. (We do have a small group of holdbacks available for those interested.)
Then our Giant Day Gecko projects were very successful despite an awkward start. However, it looks like we have some trophy holdbacks, including banded phase and blue bloods. This is really an exciting time to work with these animals and hope to get these animals updated on my iHerp page soon.
From our racks of Rhacs we had some really awesome Crested Geckos hatch out and some of our Gargoyles were just as mind-blowing. We added some new blood to our Crested Colony this year and 2012 will be an amazing year for new morphs. Plus, we hope to offer some Chewies for the first tim as well! You can take a look at our website to see what we still have available before the shipping season ends.
Looking ahead to more new adventures our small collection of Ball Pythons is doing fantastic. We are not pumping these snakes, however they are starting to get some good size on them. We finally got our new Humble Bee and were also able to find a female Hidden Gene Woma Granite to purchase. Yes, we hope to produce some Soul Suckers and some other really cool stuff in the near future.
Finally, discovering iHerp during 2010 has really been a blessing and we enjoy promoting this online community at the local reptile shows. We have made some good friends and new contacts here and it is great to share photographs of our collection of reptiles with everyone. Plus, the Q&A allows us to find great advice and we can offer help others when needed. For our friends who follow us GeckoLovers.com, I hope you will take time to join this community and take advantage of all the great resources and timely feedback available here.
Until next time....
PS–Special thanks for your continued interest and support. We definitely appreciate your business and we hope the future is bright for everyone!