THE VPI DIARY

12/25/14 MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

It probably seems like we have fallen off the snake planet as another 6 months have flown by!

As I wrote 6 months ago "nothing could be further from the truth, in fact we have all kinds of cool projects going on that we are really excited about!! These include Ball pythons, Blood pythons, Short Tail Pythons, and Boas!"

We have been writing away, including working on finishing a book on Indonesian pythons, articles and chapters on all manner of snakes, and no matter what happens next in line is the Blood python book!

2015 is going to be the big year for VPI! 

06/19/14

It probably seems like we have fallen off the snake planet while we have been working on The Invisible Ark book project!

Nothing could be further from the truth, in fact we have all kinds of cool projects going on that we are really excited about!!

These include Ball pythons, Blood pythons, Short Tail Pythons, and Boas!

It is hard to think about this coming year, I am still loving what we had this past season. Actually, we don't even have a "year" or a "season" anymore, everything is just running along month by month now.

06/10/14

Our 24th anniversary today. Wow I looked a lot younger 24 years ago, Dave hasn't aged at all!

It seems impossible, but having our son Tom just finishing his first year in college and our son Guy now a senior in high school tells me it is possible!

This has been a few crazy weeks! First finally getting the next printing of "The Invisible Ark" done, then Dave was first at Snake Days in west Texas, and onto the "Pit Viper Symposium" in Tulsa, while the boys were really having a blast at the X games in Austin!

06/02/14 VPI Pastel Fire Axanthic Python regius

In ball pythons, the VPI Axanthic morph continues to offer up some incredible combinations and this is one of my favorites! 

This awesome female, what I believe to be the first of this combination was produced by Wes Harris.

The contrast and outlines on the blotches of this snake are outstanding!

Now I'm going to add the VPI Sugar Axanthic to make VPI Pastel Fire Axanthic Sugar and we are still at

VPI Axanthics day one!!!!!

 

05/01/14 VPI SNOW AND VPI SNOWGLOW BOAS

Sometimes projects take a long time. Let me rewrite that! Sometimes I take a long time to do projects! This is why people like to get snakes from us, because they have a really good shot at making the snake we worked so hard to make before we do!! But we are ok with that, and of course we are always thrilled for the people who support us and believe that the project we are proposing is worth sticking their necks out for and in the end they will be really happy they took the chance and got involved!

04/30/14 VPI Boas 2014

Approximately 17 years ago in 1997, we started working on a project here at VPI with one baby female boa and her siblings.

04/09/14 The Invisible Ark: In Defense of Captivity by David and Tracy Barker is released today!

The last entry I made here was Christmas day December 25, 2013. That was 105 days ago.

A lot has happened in that time.

We are very excited to announce the publication of our new book!

The Invisible Ark: In Defense of Captivity by David and Tracy Barker is released today, 9 April 2014.

This is a small paperback book that explains the importance of captivity in this modern world and promotes the work of the keepers of all animals and plants.

If you would like to get a copy, we are ready to ship!

12/25/13 MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL! FROM DAVE AND TRACY/VPI

This year has been a blur! But I think the past 10 years have been a blur!

As I say very frequently to anyone who will listen, "we aren't getting any younger!"

Having said that it appears that work amount and increasing age do not have an inverse relationship as I was led to believe!

These two things seem to be going up at the same rate faster and faster!

But...we enjoy our work, probably more now than ever!

We have great projects going on and we love every one of them!

We are so grateful to the people who have helped us.

12/09/13 VPI ZZ AND SUPER ZZ BLOOD PYTHON PYTHON BRONGERSMAI UPDATE 2013

We have some really interesting Blood python projects coming up for the future and this is a neat one. As with all of our projects, it takes some time to get a handle on what exactly is going on and how the morph expresses itself phenotypically and what the actual genotype is.

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