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Posted by Thomas at 12/18/2018 12:59:19 AM

I know its been quite a while since I've updated my blogs here. Actually, its been a little over three years, and I've missed having a place to share my thoughts and mis-(adventures) on.

Life has been busy, but I'm hoping to have quite a few projects lined up for 2019:

  • Mexican beaded lizards (Heloderma horridum) -- they have been producing annually for me for the past seven years, and I expect that 2019 will be no different. Clutch sizes have ranged between 7-11 eggs, and I currently have a clutch cooking in the incubator that is due in February.
  • Gila Monsters (Heloderma suspectum) -- they are almost five years old now, and this will be their first attempt. I'm going to try to brumate them without a designated cooler, so we'll see if that yields success.
  • Bolivian Boas (Boa constrictor "amarali") -- a long time ago I said that I would never work with Bolivian boas again, but then I came across these pure silverbacks from Barry Miller stock and I was ready to eat my own words. They have been copulating for over a month now, so things are looking good for a litter of hopefully outstanding Bolivian neonates.
  • Cape File Snakes (Limaformosa capensis) -- if you don't recognize that genus, then that is likely because it was recently reassigned from Gonionotophis. And if that doesn't ring a bell, then you're way out of the loop and probably still stuck on Mehelya. These are some of my favorite African snakes, and anyone who knows me can vouch for the weight of that statement. This particular pair has been in my collection for over seven years now, so its about time for them to get their shot.
  • Chinese Sharpnose Viper (Deinagkistrodon acutus) -- I produced these back in the early 2000's, and I raised a gorgeous pair from Xiangxi, China for the past five years, which are now ready to go. I'm very much stoked about this potential breeding!
  • Desert Horned Vipers (Cerastes cerastes) -- these guys are very much a possibility for 2019, IF - and that is a very large if - my female can keep herself from killing the male. Thanks, girl. 
  • Cape Cobras (Naja nivea) -- These guys have produced clutches for the last two years, so hopefully that trend is going to continue in 2019. Cape cobras are definitely some of my favorite cobras, and I'm hoping to be able to build them a very large naturalistic setup one day, which will include a fake sociable weaver nest.
  • Shieldnose Cobra (Aspidelaps scutatus) -- last year was their first attempt, but the clutch was infertile. Fingers crossed that this year is going to be better! Nothing is cuter than hatchling Aspidelaps!
  • Western Green Mamba (Dendroaspis viridis) -- this is a beautiful pair of D. viridis from the Ivory Coast. Unlike some of the rough imports that are commonly offered in the trade, this pair of longterm captives is absolutely immaculate in shape and features gorgeous yellow-green colors. I'm really hoping to see some activity between these two!
  • Jameson's Mamba (Dendroaspis jamesoni) -- these are by far the most finicky of the mambas, with imports experiencing very high mortality rates. I raised my female from a tiny shoestring hatchling to a gorgeous adult for the last eight plus years, and I just acquired a matching male. This might be optimistic, but you never know what love will do to a pair of snakes...
  • Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) -- I produced a clutch in 2017, and hope to repeat the feat in 2019. D. polylepis are my absolute favorite elapids, and raising a pair of holdbacks from that clutch has been an absolute joy.

Fingers crossed that several of these projects are going to produce some fun neonates!

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George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 12/18/2018 7:37:37 AM  

Sounds like a busy year ahead. Best of luck Thomas!

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 12/18/2018 8:08:31 AM  

Very fun projects! I just need to know why you had said you'd never wirk with Bolivians again. Make me an unrelated female! : )

Thomas ,
Posted At: 12/18/2018 7:14:36 PM  

Thank you, George!

Sonja, it was during a time in the early 2000s when the market was beginning to shift heavily toward morphs, and I was frustrated with boids in general. It just so happened that I was working with Bolivians at the time, so there has been an admittingly undeserved negative connotation with Bolivians ever since. 

PS: The irony that one of my own parents is full-blooded Bolivian is not lost on me...

Patrick Holmes,
Posted At: 12/20/2018 8:20:04 AM  

Badass dude! I love those Bolivians! Jamesoni is exciting stuff too! Good luck brother.

Aimee ,
Posted At: 12/21/2018 3:45:03 PM  

this is an awesome list! good luck.

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 12/21/2018 3:49:08 PM  

Definetley going to need to see those Naja nivea babies when they come around.

Posted At: 12/21/2018 7:23:14 PM  

Crazy that you can keep venimous animals, do you need a special permit? Where I live you need a zoo permit to have hots/crocodilians.

Thomas ,
Posted At: 12/29/2018 4:41:36 PM  

@ blind: We have a permit system here. But honestly, I've lived in states that had no permit system, and it really isn't that big of a deal if it is approached responsibly and sensibly. As with anything in life, there are always the bad apples, but there are also a lot of very good venomous keepers around -- you just don't hear about them for precisely that reason.

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