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About Rebecca
My Reptile Interests
I have been keeping reptiles for most of my life. My dad kept box turtles starting from a little before I was born, and we would catch & keep whatever local snakes we could find, starting when I was about 7. When I was about 12 years old, we branched out and discovered Reptile Swaps and the greater trade of captive bred reptiles! After that, we quickly built a collection of about 80-100 colubrids (foxes, corns, rats, kings, milks, gophers, bulls & a hoggie), with the odd sprinkling of Rosy Boas, a Rainbow Boa, and a Ball Python. Dad gave educational presentations to our area schools' science classes every year with our animals. We bred some gorgeous Everglades Ratsnakes (you can't find them so pretty anymore), and tried but never succeeded in breeding Fox Snakes (my Dad's favorite species). We also maintained a very efficient breeding colony of rats & mice. Dad passed away just before I turned 18 and I didn't get to keep any of the old collection. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... After a few scattered attempts over the intervening years, I started over from scratch in 2004. I enjoy Ball pythons & their morphs. I appreciate Morelia, of course, but I am doing my best to refrain from allowing them to own my soul. I love Liasis & Antaresia pythons (I have an obsession with Olive pythons). I have a lot of interest in locality Boa constrictors, and even a little interest in their morphs. Madagascan boas are a major fascination of mine. I used to have some lovely Amazon Tree Boas, and I still appreciate the species. Candoia boas are very much on my list of must-haves, and I have a long standing fascination with Leiopython.
Other Interests
I’m interested in tons of random stuff: art, sewing, knitting, history, marksmanship, hunting – lots of outdoorsy things, fitness, running, lots of different animals, biology & evolution, I love riding horses, and I am very interested in livestock agriculture, especially meat production.
music is nice... I like some new stuff & some old stuff, and some really really old stuff; classical, classic rock, electric swing, modern "alternative" rock, "new grass" (modernized blue grass), some new age, industrial/techno. I used to play b-flat "stick" clarinet & b-flat bass clarinet in highschool -- forever ago now. I miss it.
I love well-written drama. I don't do horror movies. I love reading, but hardly get a chance to read for fun anymore, so movies adapted from literature are often the next best thing. Oh, and Daniel Craig is my favorite James Bond.
I sew stuff. I knit stuff. I fix spendy stuff for money.
Anything else?
I am a USMC veteran, a mom, and I graduated with my BS in Animal Sciences in December '08. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... I have been a rather vocal member/advocate of USARK since 2008, and have volunteered for the organization multiple times at some of the larger shows. Keep fighting the good fight! ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Want a fun-to-read herp book? Mean and Lowly Things by Kate Jackson is a great non-fiction narrative of her experiences as a herpetologist doing field research in the African Congo. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Growing up with a love of snakes has definitely shaped my life. I am passionate about educating people (especially kids) about these animals -- not just their biology, but also responsible pet-keeping and husbandry.
Full Name: Rebecca
Location: Raleigh, NC  US
Gender: Female
Birthday: January 01
Member Since: Saturday, October 11, 2008
Last Login: Friday, September 17, 2021
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