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Tinley 2014

Posted by Sonja K. at 10/18/2014 4:38:09 PM

Once again the fall NARBC show didn't disappoint! I was very happy to see a greater variety of animals. There were still a good amount of Ball Pythons, but I noticed that even a number of those with Ball Pythons for sale also had another species or two for sale as well. There were a lot more geckos and other lizards, etc. 

Of course, Tinley is also about the people, and I had such a great time talking to people, learning from them things that may lead to improvement in my husbandry, hatch rates, etc. I admit, I talked so much that first day that I didn't make it all the way through the show! Good thing I had a second day! Laughing

Now, on to the Tinley Park pics... and yes, there are A LOT! 

I was thinking this BP might hold its value pretty good.... 

As compared to this one - It blows my mind to see how the price of the Bananas has dropped in the last 3 years!

And I finally found the breeder that produced my sweet Pastel, "Rose", that I lost in the heat up 3 years back... only to find out that he sold the project off to a guy that has not done anything with them. : (

This was an Anery produced by that breeder.

Macy (DubbleChic) was my co-pilot again this year.

Me (Sonja K.)

Macy holding a Scaleless

Ozzy Says Hi, Sonja!

Beautiful Bolivian

Loved the look of this Pastel Hypo Arabesque

Absolutely adorable and sweet little guy!

As you will probably be able to tell by the end of these pics, the IMGs kept catching my eye... someday I will have to have one!

Axanthic Blue Iguana

Macy with an amazing Madagascar Ground Boa

There are two color variations of Sterlings:

Loved this!

$100,000,000... in other words, Not For Sale! Laughing

Macy snatched up and got some Iguana love from a fellow show goer...

Each year I am so tempted by these...

Macy with a baby Angolan

Macy holding a sweet looking Blood Python.

Baby Pancake Tortoises! I got to chat with the breeder of these and get some incubation tips! : )

Nice Caiman Lizard

I found some Longis David!

As you've likely picked up on, there was a lot of, "Sonja, take my picture!" WinkLaughing

And then came these! This was definitely a highlight for me. I was so excited for Jeff when he told me he had produced some this year and more thrilled when he said he'd have them at Tinley and that I'd be able to play with them!

They are still quite yellow, but will whiten with age.

Jeff and me with an Albino Olive in hand. Smile

Macy took a strong liking to one of Jeff's 2013s

Lovin' it!

Paul Mitchell of PM Herps with an adult Crawl Cay Boa

Macy delivering some Iguana massage

This pretty girl was at the auction with benefits to go to the Rattlesnake fund and I was waiting and waiting for it to come up and somehow I still missed it! So glad to find out it went to a fellow iHerper! Congrats Miss Andrea!

Phil holding up a Motley Argentine

Back to the show on Sunday...

I really liked this one, too.

TeeHee... catching a free ride!

Really liked this one, too!

Tongue shot!

More tongue! Tongue out

Someone was blue from missing Emily...


UFFDA! That was a lot of pics! But I warned you! Wink

Hope you enjoyed the show!

 Comments: View Oldest First  

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 5:10:57 PM  

I miss you so hard.......

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 5:14:25 PM  

These freak me out.

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 5:14:53 PM  

Can I really use kidney beans as substrate?

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 5:22:30 PM  

I miss you too, George!

Yeah, me, too! 

Apparently kidney beans are fine... I'd recommend sticking to the non-cooked and uncanned ones, though! 

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 5:34:20 PM  

You didn't climb on anyone elses shoulders. This makes me happy. Or did you?!

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 5:50:41 PM  

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 5:53:59 PM  

HaHaHa! No worries, George! You were the first! It was the best! No need for me to look further! 

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 6:00:48 PM  

Lauren ,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 6:57:05 PM  

Hmm, jellybean frogs? Why not call them what they are? -_-

Love the albino carpets, and olives! Looks like an awesome show. Someday I really need to make it out there...

Sonja ,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 7:10:50 PM  

Yea, I was waiting for this blog!  It is so nice so see so incredibly many amazing boas!  Ball pythons had taken over the world, but this blog gives hope again to boas! 

Thanks for the photos!

Macy "Mickey" K,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 7:21:22 PM  

There was a lot of squee'ing and jumping up and down and nerdy talk as I scrolled through this.My boyfriend is very confused and is laughing at me

Macy "Mickey" K,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 7:25:35 PM  

All I can say not enough pictures

Pope of iHerp and Bread,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 7:39:58 PM  

Did anyone get licked? This is what we want to know.

Bethany ,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 7:41:34 PM  

Whooooo hooo!!!! So many awesome animals! I can't wait to go one day. That little elephant trunk snake is adorable!

What species is this?

Macy "Mickey" K,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 7:44:24 PM  

corn snake I think. And I got many looks

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 7:51:14 PM  

Bethany, It's a scaless leucistic Texas Rat Snake (in shed)

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 7:53:05 PM  


Hmmmm... licked?? Sorry to disappoint you, Nate, but I for one do not recall getting licked.

Michael ,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 8:02:39 PM  

great Pictures ,, I love all the new boa morphs    that striped one twords the end is amazing !   Now i just have one question ? Why did macy Peel all the scales off that corn snake ??

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 8:24:52 PM  

Scaleless snakes are too phallic even for me.

Macy "Mickey" K,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 8:30:32 PM  


Mystic Exotics ,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 8:34:32 PM  

Great photos, as always! Thank you for sharing! It brings back memories of last year!

Macy "Mickey" K,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 8:35:13 PM  

George, they feel like em too

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 8:42:54 PM  

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 8:45:13 PM  

What is this?

Macy "Mickey" K,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 8:53:56 PM  

I think a bloody leopard

Macy "Mickey" K,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 8:55:40 PM  

Actually i think Just blood boa

Posted At: 10/18/2014 10:27:30 PM  

Amazing, your right you did get some shots of some amazing boa's. The popularity for them IMGs are really taking of like the red dragon stuff but that ghost paradox is amazing!!!

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 10:44:09 PM  

George - it's one of Chris Gilberts... I'm not positive, but I "think" it's a Blood Leopard. For sure more to it than just a Blood. Have to admit, though, that I have not kept up with all the Boa morphs.

Niki ,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 11:17:38 PM  

That adult 100 flower rat snake is killer.

Bethany ,
Posted At: 10/18/2014 11:25:21 PM  

Thanks for the I.D.! Were there any other Candoia besides the Solomon Island tree boas?

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 10/19/2014 12:24:48 AM  

There were some Papuan Tree Boas (Candoia carinata), too. There should be a couple pics - one in the enclosure and Macy holding one.

Posted At: 10/19/2014 3:12:48 AM  

Sonja, I know Ken Baumgarten started Mainely Boa & Sterlings are his babies, I was curious if he was actually at the show with them two or if someone else actually had them. They are beautiful, he also seemed liked a extremely really nice guy whenever I briefy spoke with him too.

Rachel Gratis,
Posted At: 10/19/2014 7:33:27 AM  

Wow, incredible post full of awesome... the next best thing to being there.  Thanks for sharing all the great pictures!

Andrea ,
Posted At: 10/19/2014 9:08:05 AM  

You got so many great pics! I wanted to get more and of everything, but got too caught up in the show!

And the red girl is settling in nicely!

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 10/19/2014 2:35:09 PM  

Thanks everybody!

Chris - from the impression I got, the guy that had them at Tinley was not the original Sterling producer, but I do not recall the name of the person at the show.

Good to hear, Andrea!

Posted At: 10/19/2014 11:09:29 PM  

Wow... Wow... Wow and wow!... Did I mention Wow? 

Ed ,
Posted At: 10/20/2014 2:28:25 PM  

Wow, nice variety of animals.   That big Moellendorff's Ratsnake is my favorite.

Thanks for sharing!

Posted At: 10/20/2014 3:19:32 PM  

I'm so jealous, but also kind of glad I didn't go since I would have probably blown my Japan trip money lol.  Thanks for the pics, Sonja!  I second what George said, miss you!

Michael Caine,
Posted At: 10/20/2014 6:00:23 PM  

So did you end up taking home one of the albino olives?

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 10/20/2014 6:21:01 PM  

^ You're funny,  Mike! I mean I would have loved to, but those just aren't in the budget for me. ^

Bethany ,
Posted At: 10/20/2014 6:23:50 PM  

It's not too far out of the ball park to be curious if you would be so sly as to not let us know you got an albino olive, Sonja! hehe 

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 10/20/2014 9:15:14 PM  

And, I know exactly where that statement is coming from, Bethany! 

Bethany ,
Posted At: 10/21/2014 12:08:17 AM  


Tyler ,
Posted At: 10/21/2014 7:55:41 AM  

What great pics! Loved seeing the Olives, the normal 2013 in your picture  just might be my olives clutchmate

Callie (and Dave) ,
Posted At: 10/21/2014 11:19:39 AM  
Wow! Great collection of pics! There were some amazing Leopard Boas at that show! Jealous!

Do you recall the vendor of the Axlotyls? I have a friend that would die for those beauties! They are amazing! Love the two tone look to them :)

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 10/21/2014 11:33:59 AM  

The vendor that had the axolotls was Steve Balogh... in the pic is his business card. If you squint, you may be able to read his facebook and email / address... 

Leiren ,
Posted At: 10/22/2014 1:29:19 AM  

Awesome chimera axolotls!!! I wonder the age on the metamorphed melanoid axolotl? Suposedly they don't live very long. Would be interesting to know :) 

Sarah Auzina,
Posted At: 10/22/2014 11:53:01 AM  

Wow, looks like a great show! So much to squee about! Thanks for sharing!

Emily Milton,
Posted At: 10/23/2014 9:50:28 AM  

Would have loved to have been there!  The pictures were just superb!  Oh HAI there Gaboon!  

<3 Sonja !!!!

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