THE VPI DIARY

03/04/08

Wow what a week!!! Actually, what a last two weeks! So many things, I'm just going to go through them one by one.

02/29/08

A reminder that tonight is the Kingsnake chat:

Fri 10 PM ET: Panel Chat Boa & Python Regs - So click on the chat and it should be informative.

On Saturday night I will be on Reptile Radio:

UPCOMING SHOW: 3/1/2008 11:00 PM call in number: 347-215-8611

02/24/08

I beg your forgiveness for not putting our new "available 2008" list, as we are working diligently on a response to the "python and boa" "call for information" by the USFWS.

The now published "invasion" maps on the front page of USA today needs to have a response and we are working on it instead of finishing our list. We decided to not attend the NARBC show in Arlington, so we could devote the time to this important issue.

02/22/08

 my favorite responses to florida python article in USA today  Tracy Barker
 The following quotes were taken off the message boards I take no credit whatsoever, but they sure made yesterday a little more enjoyable!
"A new method of the death penalty. Instead of lethal injection.........lethal constriction.

02/14/08

Dave and I have been married for almost 18 years!!!

NEW AVAILABLE LIST WILL BE UP 02/22/08!!!!

SOME AWESOME STUFF COMING!!!!!! 2008 IS EARLY FOR VPI!!!!

BALLS, BLOODS, BOAS!!!!!! 

 

02/09/08

I received a letter regarding my posts on gravid wc females and unfortunately can't find it now. If anyone out there sent it-please resend it! It asked why I didn't post all of the ads and just singled out a few-I did not intend to do that, I was using examples-I actually don't think anyone who is doing this is helping our hobby at this juncture.

01/21/08

Now this is a fun cross. A proven super ghost male x pink panther VPI caramel albino.

This is a bit of a paradox because with the same parents we will make one set of babies we hope will ultimately make pink, orange, rich colored snakes and one set will be hopefully produce very stark purple white and silver snakes!

01/18/08

We get a lot of questions regarding feeding during the breeding period. We absolutely do feed during this period, but only one rat per snake, one time per week. When  the female's follicles get to a point where they are getting in the 25 mm range we stop feeding the female. Some keepers stop feeding the females as soon as they start breeding because they don't want to risk the female ovulating prematurely.

01/16/08

My disappointment continues with all of the ads of imported gravid female ball pythons for sale on KS. I see this as a terrible step backward for the US breeders as well as totally against the point of what we had as our original goal: a self sustaining captive population that no longer required taking adult animals out of the wild. Tracy

Below is a sample of some of the ads-needless to say these vendors are now on our "don't do business with" list:

01/08/08

Welcome to 2008! Wow I am super excited about this year! We already have some great things going and first babies are just around the corner!  The first thing I need to do is find some aspen bedding to put in with the gravid boas. For some reason it is getting hard to find around here. I like my females to have that at least one month prior to giving birth. I think it makes them feel a bit more secure and it is nice having something to burrow around in. I only use it at this time, as soon as the babies are born, I clean it all out and put the girls back on paper again.

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