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11/3/15:
It is amazing how fast time flies! I apologize for the paucity in updates to the site as of late. Things have been very busy and I have been a bit lazy with the site and have been relying on Facebook to post updates, which is much faster and easier than updates here, but I also understand the ephemeral nature of social media sites and the importance of putting things on the website for a standing record of what's going on. I didn't have any clue that it had been this long since the last update. I'll try to summarize what has gone on since our last update without too many details.

Mike and I took a trip out to do some herping in St. George, UT, a fantastic herping spot. This area has animals that can be found no where else in Utah, such as banded Gila Monsters and Mojave Rattlesnakes, making it a herping mecca for Utah field herpers. We were able to located about a dozen tortoises and some other fantastic animals. I put up pictures on the Visits page, so check them out there or by clicking here. Looking forward to another quick trip to the area in the spring to hopefully locate some more target species. Unfortunately, the area is being developed very quickly and prime habitat is being paved over in the name of progress. It is sad to see the eyesore of a giant performing arts stage sitting on gila and tortoise habitat. Increased reports of rattlesnakes and gila monsters on peoples doorstep underline this issue. It is funny that they pave over their homes and then complain when they show up in their former hunting grounds or shelter sites. I guess that is how things go in this world. It is nice that there are some protected areas, but it just doesn't seem like enough.

I couldn't live without having some Nephrurus geckos in the collection, so I picked up a nice pair of N. amyae to play with. They are fantastic little geckos and I will definitely have fun working with them again. Work on the new book also continues, and Steve and I have increased our efforts to get it done in a timely manner. Hopefully the work will continue to progress and we can add another book to the AAR Author Library very soon! I also noticed there was a problem with our PayPal button on the book order page, so I have hopefully fixed that. If you have any issues ordering books, please let me know and we can arrange for your order another way. I just got in a new shipment of books, so I can sign one and send you a copy once I get notification of your order.

We have produced some fantastic offspring, which are or will be ready to go very soon. It was a bumpercrop year for pygmy pythons (Antaresia perthensis) and we have several offspring from different clutches. Unfortunately, they are proving very resilient to taking rodent meals, so I am continuing to assist feed until they are ready to eat a rodent on their own. We have several that have started, but are waiting patiently on the remaining animals. Several people have expressed interest in these and we will be contacting people in the order that they have contacted us. We also have several clutches of Stimson's pythons (Antaresia stimsoni) that will also be available soon, but are also proving very stubborn in their recognizing pink mice as food. Hopefully they will catch on quickly. We have some amazing Children's pythons (Antaresia childreni) that represent our selectively bred red bloodlines as well as animals that were produced by a black-eyed female to a normal, making them heterzygous for black-eye. These het black-eyes have some very cool patterns (we will be putting up pictures on the available page in a day or two) and they are pretty robust offspring and look really cool. The red childreni are all feeding very well and are ready to go. We also have some inland carpet pythons (M. s. metcalfei) that are developing nicely and are looking great. We will be posting new pictures of these on the available page to show off their development and color development. These very mild-mannered animals are the perfect pet carpet python and are wonderful to work with. We also have a couple jungles (M. s. cheynei) also from 2014 that are looking the goods!

I desperately need to thin down the collection, as I am finding out that my hording nature and the propensity to keep anything I come in contact with is overwhelming me. My loss is your gain, and I will be posting up some proven adult animals that are redundant to our projects or are one step back in our selective breeding projects and need to go to new homes. I may be persuaded to let go of others, so if there is something that you like that we have, let me know and I will see if it is something I can let go of. Contact Justin if you are interested. Get Addicted!


2/13/15: First off, I have updated the available pages and added some of our 2014 offspring. I will be adding more in the coming days. We have some fantastic zebras, jungles, inland carpets, and womas for sale now. Please send inquiries to Justin (email justin.julander@usu.edu, call or text 435-760-4739) if you are interested. Things are progressing nicely for the new season. We have several clutches that will be laid soon. We are expecting eggs from pygmy pythons (Antaresia perthensis), Stimson's pythons (Antaresia stimsoni), and Jungle carpet pythons (Morelia spilota cheynei) now. We have also seen breeding activity from our northern bluetongue skinks, carpet pythons, and womas. This should be a nice year and I am excited to see what comes of it. What a great hobby! These reptiles are so amazing and I am very fortunate to be able to keep these great animals. GET ADDICTED!



1/16/15:
Happy New Year! The end of 2014 was a busy and exciting time for me. I was able to return to Western Australia with Steve Sharp and Mike Fredrickson. We followed a similar course to the one that Heidi and I took in 2013. I finally got to see a wild perentie, so that was checked off my bucket list thanks to Steve. He spotted it near the public beach in Exmouth and we got to follow it around for a photo shoot and some video. It got annoyed after a bit and took off, but what a thrill! That has to be my all-time favorite reptile. They are so cool! I have put up pictures from many of the animals we saw on the trip on the Australia 2014 link on the Visits page. Let me know what you think. I have also put up a few videos on my YouTube channel from footage taken over the two trips to WA as well as a new video on the pythons of Australia highlighting all the pythons I have been fortunate enough to encounter in the wild. Have a look and please subscribe if you enjoy the videos. I will try and keep the videos coming to give some new content from time to time. I have also been posting other photos taken in Australia as well as some of the collection on the AAR Facebook page, so check that out and follow us there as well. I understand social media is taking over many forums and websites, but I at least want to try and keep my site up and going to keep any AAR fans informed of what is going on here.

Ben Morrill and I have split the business and he will now be operating under AAR East. He has some great projects and is a great guy. We will still be loosely associated with our businesses, but I won't have the latest information on what he is producing, so you will have to check things out with him. He will respond to your queries if you contact him with the information on our About Us page and generally prefers email contact. The animals posted here on the Available pages are the ones that I (Justin) am producing unless otherwise indicated. It was a great run with Ben and I have learned a lot from him and want to publicly thank him for his efforts in furthering the good reputation and quality animals that we work with at AAR. Steve Sharp is now working for the Phoenix Zoo and is thoroughly enjoying his position there. He has pulled back a bit from the commercial side of herpetoculture to avoid any conflict of interest with his career path, so we have sold of most of the Nephrurus collection. Steve will still respond to any queries involving all things Nephrurus or most any other reptile out there, especially lizards. He is enjoying working with the Komodos and other amazing reptiles at the zoo. I am sure he will go far in the zoo field and any zoo would be lucky to have such a knowledgeable and accomplished keeper as well as an all around great guy to work with.

We have some great animals that are available now. Inland carpet hatchlings from 2014 are well established and ready to go. I have not been able to get up individual photos yet, but will try to get those up soon. Contact me if you are interested in working with these amazing gentle carpets. We are working to refine the blue color in these animals and are on our way to some amazing looking inlands. The zebra jungles are also doing well and starting some initial color up. They come from Lion, our breeder zebra jungle, so you know they will turn out to be some amazing zebras. We also have some nice ball python morphs, so if you are looking for a fun project, we have some nice multigene morphs available now. We may also have a pair or two of Stimson's pythons later in the year, so check with us in a couple months if you have interest in those. They are always high in demand. We have already spotted some ovulations this year and it looks like we will have eggs soon from one or two of our pygmy pythons. This is a wonderful species and I am excited to get eggs from these guys. Last year, all our pygmy eggs crashed, so I am really hoping to not repeat that this year. If all goes well, we should have a few clutches from two different bloodlines. They are the most amazing little pythons and definitely one of my favorites!

Well, it is always good to start a new year and I am excited for the future of Australian Addiction Reptiles. Thanks for your support and as always, GET ADDICTED!


11/3/14:
Time flies when you are trying to get a ton of baby Antaresia to eat. We have most feeding on their own, although there are a couple of holdouts that are fun to deal with. The inland and jungle hatchlings are doing well and starting to grow quickly. Let us know if you are interested in any of the carpets. The Stimson's are mostly spoken for, but we may have a few later in the season.

I took a nice trip to Ghana in September to visit my parents. Didn't see too many herps, but the common (spiderman) agamas (Agama agama) were all over the place and they were very cool to see. I got to pet a Nile crocodile as well, so that was cool as well. There were several near a resort that were very accustomed to people who take very good care of them. They also fed the crocs while we were there. It is amazing how high out of the water they can get for food. Such powerful animals! Most reptiles are taken as food and most people kill snakes on sight so we weren't lucky enough to see the ones that escaped. I got to see my first wild monkeys in Ankasa and on Monkey Hill. Didn't get any photographs, though, but I will include one my brother took. It was an amazing trip and the people of Ghana are so happy and friendly. I really enjoyed the trip! I posted a ton of photos on my personal Facebook page, so you can check them out there if you want to see more than just the handful of herps I saw. I have another really great trip coming up very soon, so I will be posting a bunch of pics and details of the trip after I return. In the meantime, GET ADDICTED!

croc croc croc croc croc croc
Croc feeding
Croc feeding Jump! Smaller croc in the shallows
Taking a bite!
Juvenile
croc agama agama skink hornbill Milipede
Pair of crocs
Agama agama
Male and female
Rainforest skink
Hornbill!
Millipede and ant


8/1/14: It is a busy time at AAR. We are attempting to get all our hatchlings feeding reliably. This can be somewhat challenging with the Antaresia babies, but once they start feeding, they are solid and don't cause much trouble at all once they get a taste for rodents. Many have started feeding on their own and should be ready soon. The womas have also started feeding and are ready to go. We will only be letting one pair go, so if you are interested in a smoking pair of womas, email me (Justin). We sold out of our bluetongue skinks within a matter of minutes and they have all moved on to their new homes. They are such a cool species to work with and make amazing pets. I am really enjoying them thoroughly. We did hold back a couple of babies to see how they would turn out and hopefully we will wind up with a female or two.

We had a nice clutch of zebra jungles hatch out, so we will have a few available this year. I may wait till they color up before putting up any for sale. I sure like the zebra morph and these should be exceptional. Below is a recent picture of the sire and dam of this years zebra clutch. The dam is a nice yellow female that we picked up from a breeder in New York a few years back and the male is our 3rd gen male zebra, Lion. I imagine these F3s will knock your socks off! The inlands are also doing well and we will have some nice pairs available soon. Inlands are very calm and easy going carpet pythons that are not too common, but are one of the calmest and attractive carpet pythons. They are definitely the best pet carpet python, due to a calm demeanor and robust nature.

Lion zebra Dam to this years zebras Hatchling zebra Stripe jungle Red
                    coastal female
Lion, the zebra
Dam to this years zebras
A recently hatched zebra One of our striped females
A nice red coastal female

My son and I took a trip up to Spokane, WA for a recent Wolfmother concert. The band put on a great show and we had a fun, although short, trip. While we were up there, we paid Nick Mutton a visit and got to check out his collection. He has some amazing carpets, as well as other cool boids from around the world. I will get some photos up of the visit at some point. I also updated the Green tree python collection page with new pictures of our animals and some information on these amazing pythons, so check out that page and learn some interesting facts about the green tree python. GET ADDICTED!


6/16/14: Hatching season is in full swing. We have had our womas and many of our Stimson's pythons hatch out. We also had a small clutch of Children's pythons hatch. Inlands and Jungles are due in the next couple weeks as are more Stimson's and Children's pythons. This will be the year of the Stimson's python and we will have some of the nicest animals that we have ever produced. I may want to hold onto a bunch of these to see how they progress. They knocked my socks off right out of the egg and were much better than expected. Hopefully the other clutches will be as nice. Unfortunately, all of our pygmy python eggs crashed this season. I was really looking forward to hatching those out. The bluetongue skink female is looking like she is going to have babies again this year, so I am hoping to see little ones from the Sunshine line emerge soon. They are such cool lizards and are in high demand, so let us know if you are interested.

The upcoming projects are also developing nicely, and I am excited for how the green tree pythons are turning out. Our Darwin carpet projects are coming along nicely, although we haven't seen any eggs from them yet. Not sure why, but hopefully next year will be the time. I have been so focused on the Antaresia, that I haven't been getting many carpet python clutches. I will have to remedy that next year.

We are just about sold out on all our remaining stock, aside from the newly hatched offspring. We do have a nice pair of inland carpets left for sale as well as several nice ball python morphs. Check out the appropriate available pages to see these animals. I am really excited with how the inlands are developing and they are definitely one of my favorite carpets. If you haven't seen one in person, you haven't seen one! They are very cool snakes and have a very calm personality to match. To learn more about any of our carpet or Antaresia projects, you can also check out our books "The Complete Carpet Python" and "The Complete Children's Python". These books will provide good information for anyone wanting to keep these species. Also, mention that you read about them on our What's New page, and I will give you an additional $10 off of your order. Both books come signed and personalized by me. The books provide insight into the natural history and give a thorough section on captive care, morphs, and more! GET ADDICTED!


4/12/14: The egg season is upon us! We have started to get eggs from females left and right. Below are some pictures of the females that have laid recently. The majority of the early clutches are from Antaresia and we have good eggs from pygmy's, Children's and Stimson's. Unfortunately, our Cape York spotted female slugged out, so we won't have any of these this year, and will miss out on producing all 4 species this year. One of our nice holdback female Stimson's laid and we are very excited to see the babies from this clutch. One of our pygmy python females laid 13 eggs, a record for us! This female is from the less commonly available bloodline available in the US. We also got some eggs from our amazing woma python pictured below. It was a smaller clutch of 6 eggs, and we will likely be holding some offspring back from this female, but we should have a few available. We are expecting many other clutches, including some really cool projects. Stay tuned for more updates soon.

Antaresia perthensis on eggs Children's python on eggs Antaresia childreni Antaresia stimsoni orientalis, Stimson's python
                    on eggs Green tree python, morelia viridis Green tree
                    python, morelia viridis
13 egg pygmy python clutch!
Children's python on eggs
Eastern Stimson's clutch
Didn't wrap her eggs
Getting some green

We have also pulled many others out of cooling and are breeding for other projects as well. The northern bluetongue skinks have been paired up. Unfortunately, one of our holdback sunrise northern bluetongues turned out to be a male. We will likely be selling this guy, so inquire if interested. We have also paired up our inland carpets and are expecting eggs from them as well. Last years inland offspring are turning out very nice. Lots of blue coming through on these guys! They are such cool pythons! We also have several ball python morphs available on our available page. We have some great looking mojave bees that are getting some amazing yellow coloration. We also have some great pied project animals. We have sold out of all of last years Antaresia, but should have good availability. If you are interested in learning more about these amazing pythons in a small package, check out our book on the genus. They are amazing snakes and very great to work with. We will have some beautiful examples available this year, which are already selling quickly, so let me know if you are interested in any of this years offspring. GET ADDICTED!


3/6/14: In an effort to increase the frequency of updates, I figured I would throw this quick update up on the site. Well, I have finally gotten some decent pictures of the inland carpet python hatchlings from 2013 and have put up an available page for these magnificent pythons. If you are not familiar with this subspecies of carpet python, I would suggest checking out our collection page for some information. Pictures do not do these guys justice, as they have some really nice blue undertones that go nicely with their black and white/grey pattern. These are one of the calmest python species and will definitely be the best pet carpet python. The inland, or Murray Darling, carpet python is a medium sized python, generally shorter than other subspecies. They are calm, even as hatchlings, and are just about as bullet-proof as you can get with a python. Do yourself a favor and see one of these in person if possible. They are amazing! I have a couple pics on the available and collection pages that give an OK idea of what they look like, but again, it is really difficult to capture their true beauty in a photo. I am male heavy, so take advantage of the lower prices and pick one up today, or better yet, grab a pair and produce some of these rare python yourself. I have also updated the Ball Python available page with new photos of available animals at good market prices. Check out our available animals and see if any ball morphs will fit in well with your collection. We have also sold out of Centralian Pythons and have almost sold out of most of our other stock.

This year is shaping up nicely and we have many females that will be laying soon. Generally the first to go are our Antaresia species, and we currently have gravid Stimson's, Children's, spotted, and pygmy pythons, so it looks like we will be producing all 4 available species of Ants. I am also anticipating some nice zebra jungles and hopefully some Darwins and Axanthic coastals as well. Time will tell. I do have an amazingly beautiful woma python that will be laying soon, so some very nice womas will be available this season. The bluetongue skinks are coming out of brumation and I will be pairing them soon. Hopefully they will produce again this year. Such a cool lizard! It should be a great year!

There was an interesting publication in the journal Zootaxa that split Varanus pilbarensis into two species. The new species, found in the Hamersley Ranges of the Pilbara area was named Varanus hamersleyensis. This is based largely on molecular data, but also on appearance such as darker coloration and less defined banding on the tail. This is pretty cool, as on my last trip to Australia, I was able to find both species (before they were split), so I get to add another species to the list of Varanus I have seen in the wild! It is interesting to watch the way genetic analysis shapes taxonomy. Many field herpers noticed the difference between the two populations, so it is cool that science has put that difference into perspective. What was also interesting about the article was where these species fit in a cladogram of related species. The two species fit nicely into a grouping that are separate from other related species including V. semiremex, mictchelli, scalaris, and timorensis, with a more distant relationship to V. glauerti and tristis. These species overlap with several other Varanus species and I even found V. pilbarensis and V. tristis tristis in the same gorge within a few feet of each other. I have included a photo of the newly described V. hamersleyensis that was photographed in one of the gorges in Karijini National Park. You can compare it with the photo in the earlier entry on 1/15. A couple other pictures are included on the visit page linked below. Cool Stuff!

Varanus hamersleyensis
Varanus hamersleyensis from Karijini NP
(Click to enlarge)

I recently did an interview with the guys from Corralus radio on centralian pythons (Morelia bredli). Jeff and Dayton are great guys and are doing a nice job of increasing the knowledge base on Corralus as well as other reptiles they are interested in. I would suggest checking out their show if you haven't already. I really need to get up a page that links our past interviews with various online radio shows to put all the info in one spot. We have had a great time doing these interviews for Reptile Radio, Morelia Python Radio, the Reptile Livingroom, and now Corralus Radio. It is fun to chat with the hosts and pass on information that can be used to better keep these amazing animals. These hosts also do a great service by giving a lot of their time to keep these shows going. It is nice that so much information is literally at our fingertips. Check these shows out and learn some great stuff!

This should be a great year at AAR. Don't hesitate to contact me (Justin) with any questions on our animals. We generally do not take deposits until eggs have been laid, so feel free to check in via email, text or phone to see what's going on. We should have some amazing animals this year! GET ADDICTED!


1/15/14: This has got to be the longest we have gone without updating the website! Things have been busy, but this long of a gap is rediculous! I hope this update is worth your while. I have been posting to our AAR Facebook page fairly regularly, and it appears as though social media is taking over the scene, but I do feel that websites and forums have their place, especially in regards to keeping a more permenant record of things for search engines to find that you really don't get on social media sites.

Inland carpet
Pilbara Rock Monitor (Varanus pilbarensis), Millstream-Chichester, WA
(Click to enlarge)

I suppose the biggest recent news is a recent trip to Australia that my wife and I took. We did a tour of WA over the course of two weeks as well as a week in Ipswitch for the Scales and Tails festival. I have included photos from the trip and a map of the route we took (over 6,000 km!) through WA on the Visits Page. We saw some incredible species, some of which were high on my wish list, and we got some nice photos of the animals we saw and the scenery. We also got to catch up with old friends on both ends of the continent. I sure hope to make it back soon. The reptiles, landscape, and people made this my favorite trip to date. It also helped that I had my lovely wife Heidi with me. She was definitely a trooper, enduring night after night of road cruising, being in the vicinity of venomous snakes, and having flies cover us at times. I believe if she weren't along, I probably wouldn't have seen half the stuff I did, as she seems to attract creatures. I missed out on seeing a few target species, such as the perentie, Pilbara olive and the Pilbara death adder, to name a few, so a return trip is definitely in order. I am happy with the species list, which incidentally is listed at the bottom of the visits page, and the photos turned out reasonably well, especially considering most were taken at night or underwater. Some highlights of the trip include The PILBARA, my new favorite desert, snorkeling in the Exmouth area, Rottnest Island, finding a wheatbelt Stimson's python, seeing Australian friends, attending the Scales and Tails Festival, and many other memories. Favorite herp finds would probably be my first wild shingleback (2 subspecies), seeing a few pilbara rock monitors, finding a woma, finding three knobtail species, seeing wild thorny devils, and finding a Southwest Carpet Python, Morelia imbricata! Trip of a lifetime for sure!

All was well when I returned and Jake took great care of the collection while I was away. What a great guy! We had a decent year with the snakes, although carpet python production was a bit low. We sold out of our Antaresia fairly quickly, and it is nice to see this group increasing in popularity within the hobby. They are such underrated snakes and so fun to work with. We only have 2 male childreni and one female perthensis left. We also had some nice inland carpets produced and have some amazing hatchings from that subspecies for sale. Ball python production was great as well and we have several morphs, including some very nice mojave bumblebees and pied combos. I will try to update the available pages in the near future to reflect our current availability, but if you are curious, please don't hesitate to contact me (Justin) through text or email.

I have also been revamping the collection pages with better photos, a nicer layout, distribution maps and natural history information. Check them out. These should be a little more in line with a place to learn about the species, rather than just a description of the animals. Hopefully it is helpful. I have also included photos of the wild counterparts of the reptiles we keep, as well as habitat shots for many of the species. It is interesting that I have seen all but 2 of the Australian species/subspecies I keep in the wild! I am hoping to find the remaining 2 in the next few years, but I feel pretty good about that. Thanks for your support and the great comments I have received from you guys who visit the site. Don't hesitate to let me know when I am slacking in the updates department. GET ADDICTED!


7/23/13: We are getting the last clutches of the season and have produced some amazing offspring this year. We have 3 species of Antaresia available, including stimsoni, childreni, and perthensis, although most have been sold or are on hold. The Complete Children's Python book is getting out there and perhaps is helping people see how amazing these species are. If you haven't checked it out, take a look for some more details here. They are such cool snakes and represent a python in a small package. Many are starting to take pink mice on their own and should be ready for new homes very soon. Not sure what is going on with the spotted pythons, but increased efforts will be employed to ensure we have some for sale next season. We have also produced 2 clutches of Inland carpet pythons (Morelia spilota metcalfei), which is another amazing species. Their placid nature and relatively smaller size as adults make them the ideal pet carpet python. See the photo below to appreciate how nice these things look. Other than the inlands, we have 2 zebras and a couple carpets from last year. This years carpet python production was very lackluster and if you are interested in an AAR zebra, you better let me know soon, as the availability will be very limited. Our zebras are some of the most selectively bred in the country and you will not find a better source for amazing yellow and black zebras anywhere else. Some four legged creatures were born as well and we had 5 Sunset Northern bluetongue skinks that arrived on the scene. It is cool to have lizards at my facility again and they are fun to work with. It was a cool change of pace to have some live bearing animals rather than having to wait on eggs to hatch. The juvies are growing quickly and doing very well. Email Justin if you are interested in any. We have also started getting some ball python clutches and have 2 clutches incubating now, one from a spider mojave het pied to a pied female and another from an enchi to a normal. Ben also has some ball python clutches on the ground and hatched out a couple of womas as well. Steve continues to produce quality knob-tail geckos and should have a nice selection of those this year. Contact them by phone or email for further information on availability of their animals (contact deals on the About Us page).

I have updated some of the available pages, including the childreni and the ball python morphs page to provide an up to date availability on these groups. It is always a slow process going through photos to get representative images of the animals for sale, especially when several decide to be in shed when it is time for the photo shoot. This years crop is looking good and last years available ball pythons are some powerhouse animals that will be a great addition to any collection. Please email or call for more information. We will also be at the Pomona Reptile Super Show on August 10th and 11th, so please come by and say hello. This will be our first time vending this show and we are excited to meet some new people. We have heard great things about the show and it should be a blast. Steve and I will be there, so come chat about carpets, Antaresia, knob-tails, or any other Australian reptile with us. I also added a few pages to the Visits page to illustrate some of my latest adventures, so check those out as well. So this is another short update, so I better throw in some nice pictures. GET ADDICTED!

Inland carpet Afors bredli BTS Stimsons
Inland Carpet Python
Afors Bredls Python
Sunset Northern Bluetongue
Stimson's Python


4/25/13: I apologize for the lull in updates. I am also very frustrated that the Complete Children's Python book has been delayed. Pre-orders should arrive any day now and books will be shipped as soon as they arrive. It will be nice to have the book in hand! Sorry for the delay and hopefully the wait will not be much longer. The Antaresia genus is amazing and they should have a more prominent spot in American herpetoculture. There has been a lot of interest in the snakes of this genus and I wish I had more to supply the demand. Our first Antaresia stimsoni clutch has hatched, but unfortunately it is only 3 snakes. I have a larger clutch in the incubator, but with all the emails I have been getting regarding this species, supply will be extremely limited. Unfortunately, two other females didn't lay this year, as I hoped they would, but that's the way it goes sometimes. Next year should be much better. I also have two clutches each of A. childreni and A. perthensis incubating now, which should hatch in the next month or so. Then the fun begins, trying to get the hatchlings to eat.

Our first carpets have also hatched. We have a few nice zebra jungles out. Our first clutch of inland carpet pythons (M. s. metcalfei) have also hatched and they look great. The other clutch of inlands should be laid soon. The inland carpets are such cool snakes. They are so laid back and will be the ideal pet carpet python. I brought one of my breeder males to the Repticon in SLC for display and took him out repeatedly for people to handle and he was perfect in every way. They are just amazing animals! The first clutch out is the Maug line inlands and they look great. I will get some better pictures up on the Australian Addiction Reptiles Facebook page as soon as they have their first shed.

We also have a clutch of womas on the ground and one that should be laying soon. Will be nice to have womas for sale again at IAR. Ben got these clutches from some nicely banded individuals. He posted a pic of the female on eggs on the FB page and will surely post more as they hatch out. In addition, he also got our first clutch of ball pythons from a spider female. Things are off to a good start on the east coast! He is also expecting several more clutches and is enjoying the ultrasound device he has. I am anticipating a nice big clutch sired by an enchi male soon.

We also have several gecko clutches incubating at Steve's place, including N. levis levis, N. amyae, and U. milli. We are also anticipating clutches from several other species soon and should have a very nice selection of knobtail geckos. Steve is anticipating a great season with some new species produced, so keep an eye out here or on our Facebook page for news regarding the knobtails.

The season is off to a great start and we should have a lot of great animals for sale. Don't hesitate to contact us if you are interested in the animals that will be available soon. Also check out the new Antaresia book for very detailed information on this group, including natural history, captive care, and breeding. The main print run should be arriving soon, so order your copy today! Get Addicted!


1/4/13: Happy New Year! Things are shaping up nicely with the Complete Children's Python book. We are just going through the final edits and anticipate having the book sent to the printers in a week or so. I am very excited to hold it in my hand. There have been a lot of people asking about it. I will post a link for pre-orders as soon as I have a firm availability date. This will cover all 4 Antaresia species and a couple newly recognized forms. The book will be about 250 pages long, so a little smaller than the complete carpet, but the amount of pictures and natural history information represents the largest compilation of photographic and literary information assembled on this topic. It will also be packed with husbandry information and a complete section on morphs. It is laid out in a similar manner to the Complete Carpet Python and will make a nice addition to any herp library. I am very excited to have this completed

We still have some nice animals left from 2012, including zebras, inland carpets (only one pair left!), jungles, coastals, centralians (bredli), ball python morphs, and some geckos. Contact us if you have any interest in our animals and we can work out a nice deal for you. The zebra and normal jungles from 2012 are starting to color up, and the 2012 crop is turning out very nice. Our zebras represent the most selectively bred zebras in the country and you won't find a nicer collection of zebras anywhere. We have been producing zebras for 4 years now and have produced 3rd generation animals, which are mindblowingly nice! If you are looking for a quality zebra, contact us. Payment plans are available as well. The available US inland carpet pythons are almost completely sold out and only a few pairs are available in the country. We have one pair left. We also have several lone males for sale if you are interested in just owning this amazing python. They are still very rare. We are working with a bloodline that is genetically distinct. A Maug line pair was also acquired from our friend Chuck, so we will hopefully have clutches from 2 lines in 2013! They are amazing snakes, and will surely be one of the most popular choices for a captive python for years to come. They seem to become everyone's favorite python, which is likely due to their calm demeanor and bulletproof nature. We have several coastal carpet pythons, including some nice striped individuals. They are gaining some nice colors. We can also do a quantity discount on these guys. The 2012 bredli are growing nicely and eating ravenously. They are wonderful snakes that you will enjoy. They are easy going and are impressive as adults. We also acquired a new line of bredli, the Afors line, from Nick, which are very beautiful juveniles. I can't wait to see what they develop into! We also have a few ball morphs available, including bumblebees, mojave bees het pied, spider het pied, and pastel.

I recently got a really fun toy, the Lytro camera. This little gadget captures all available light rays, allowing focusing after the picture is taken. Check out the picture below to play around with this amazing technology. You can click on any point of the picture and it will focus on that area. Drag the mouse over the picture and the whole image is in focus and will change the perspective of the picture giving it a 3-D look. Very fun camera, although a little unorthodox. It doesn't do too well in low light. I am working on getting some nice images for the website, so look for those soon.


Well, another great year has ended, and an exciting new year has begun. Breeding season is in full swing, and I am anticipating clutches from many cool new projects. New ones this year should include super zebras, caramel zebras, western Stimson's pythons, albino and poss het Darwin carpets and possibly some axanthic coastals. Please check in to see how our 2013 season develops and thanks for your support. We appreciate our customers and our friends in the reptile hobby. We are also excited for the Northwest Moreliafest in June and hope to see any Moreliaphile there. You can find the details on Moreliapythons.com and I will put up more details as the event draws closer. I (Justin) will be there and am excited to meet new people and reconnect with old friends. I hope your 2013 is off to a good start and that you are as excited as we are for the coming season. GET ADDICTED!



10/4/12: Sorry for the lack of updates lately, but things have been busy with the new hatchlings, finishing up The Complete Children's Python (coming soon!), reptile shows, and just life in general. I will be updating the available pages soon and in the meantime we are posting pictures of available animals and other animals from our collection on our Facebook page, so check those pages out for the latest availability here at AAR.


This years hatchlings are doing great. We hatched out some phenomenal zebra jungle carpets, which are developing nicely and are well-fed large babies ready to go now. The Inland carpet pythons are doing well and most have started feeding. These are the most laid-back carpets I have ever worked with, and I predict that they will be the best carpet python pet in the next few years. We had a male-heavy clutch, so I will have individual males up for sale soon. There is one pair that is available, so if you are interested in getting a pair or individual male Inland carpet python, email or text me (Justin) and we can work out a deal. These are still very rare in the US (only a dozen or so pairs were produced this year) and they are extremely popular with those that keep them. Any carpet python afficianado will love the Inlands! We had some beautiful baby Centralian pythons hatch out, which have begun feeding and are ready to go. We will have unrelated pairs available soon, so if you are ready to work with bredli, let me know and we'll get you some nice ones. Our Antaresia clutches are almost completely spoken for. The majority of the Stimson's pythons are making their way over to Europe and the rest have been sold or are pending sale (as soon as I figure out which ones I want to let go). I just paired up the breeders for the upcoming season, and we should have some extremely nice Stimmies available in the coming year. We do have a few Children's pythons left, including some black-eyed females, and they should be ready to go in the next few weeks. Our ball python clutches have finally started hatching. Our first clutch from a killerbee mojave to a normal are out of the egg and feeding well. The second clutch from the killerbee mojo to a pastel female just hatched and we have some amazing babies in that clutch. The most anticipated ball clutch, from a spider mojave het pied to a pied female, will be hatching soon, and I am hoping I see a lot of white when they start hatching. Let me (Justin) know if you are interested in any potential morphs from these ball clutches and we can work out a deal.

Sorry this update is not more substantial. I hope to follow up with more updates soon. In the meantime check out our Facebook page and as always....... GET ADDICTED!



5/5/12:
Big news: our adult female Inland carpet python (Morelia spilota metcalfei) laid a perfect clutch of 16 eggs! Now the wait begins! This is the third clutch to be laid in the US. My friend, Chuck Poland, got a clutch earlier this year from his Maug line pair. Last year, a joint effort between Kerry King and Anthony Caponetto resulted in the first hatchlings in the US. I must admit, when I first saw pictures of the Inland carpets, they didn't seem that exciting to me, but seeing them in person is a whole different ballgame. They have some great blue undertones that give them a fantastic appearance that doesn't come through in pictures. In addition, Inland carpets are one of the most calm and easy going snakes. Even wild adults can be picked up without fear of a bite. There are also some amazing variants or morphs out there, as well as some very unique variants that have been found in the wild. Because of their great looks and calm personality, they will quickly become one of the most popular carpet pythons.

Inland carpet python on eggs

The zebra to zebra clutch also hatched a couple weeks back and unfortunately we had a single super zebra that died shortly before hatching. A sibling zebra also died around the same time. Otherwise, we got a pair of zebras from the clutch as well as 3 nice jungles. Not the best results, but next year we should have more chances to produce a super. Three other clutches from our amazing zebra, Grant, to nice female jungles are due to hatch in a couple weeks, so we should have some great zebras available. We have a couple of zebras left from last year that are starting to gain some amazing yellows! They are so great to watch develop. I love the look of a nice zebra. It will be great to see the variety hatched this season.

We have also had some awesome eastern Stimson's pythons (Antaresia stimsoni orientalis) hatch out, half of which were maternally incubated. I also had a data logger in with the female to record the temps within the coils during incubation. A second clutch of Stimson's pythons also hatched out from a holdback pair that I raised from hatchlings. These should be amazing as well. A third female Stimson's didn't end up laying eggs this year, but she should be great for next year. A clutch of selectively bred Children's pythons (Antaresia childreni) also hatched out. They are amazing light red hatchlings. Unfortunately, all of our spotted python clutches didn't work out so well this year. Our first 2 pygmy python (Antaresia perthensis) clutches also had a poor incubation. I left the third female to incubate her eggs and she is doing a great job. They should hatch out in the next couple of weeks. Overall, it was a pretty good year with the Ants.

Ben got a clutch of Angolan pythons (Python anchietae) that were laid a few weeks back. They are such great snakes that are very unique in many ways. Will be great to have more hatchling Angolans in a few weeks. I am also expecting eggs from our killer bee mojave ball bred to a normal female. A pastel female may also lay a clutch from this male as well. We may also get a clutch from a spider mojave het pied bred to a pied female. Overall, it will be a bit of a slim year in ball python production, but we should produce some cool morphs.

The gecko season is also off to a great start and we have had our first geckos hatch. Steve got a nice baby Pernatty Knob-tail gecko (Nephrurus deleani) that hatched a few days ago. A clutch of He also has some good eggs from his Rough Knob-tail (Nephrurus asper) that should be hatching soon! We are very excited for the asper project and Steve is doing very well with them. Eggs from smooth knob-tails (Nephrurus levis levis) and Centralian knob-tails (Nephrurus amyae) are also cooking now. We anticipate a great year of production with the geckos, so contact Steve if you have any interest.

Had a great time vending the Repticon show in SLC area last weekend with my 2 oldest kids. They did a great job. There was a strange moment when some passer by told me I was lying when I was talking to a couple about green tree pythons. I was telling them about the new paradigm of GTP care put forth mainly by Terry Phillip. You can hear his stuff on Morelia Pythons Radio, here: GTP keeping. By the way, Morelia Pythons Radio is a great show and they have had some great guests. Check out the shows. We are also vending the NARBC show in Anaheim this fall. Should be a fun show! It is great meeting new people at the shows and talking about the amazing animals we are able to work with. Check us out this fall in Anaheim and GET ADDICTED!



4/4/12:
Man, this lack of updates is becoming a bad habit. I guess things have been a bit busier than usual. I figured I should get an update up, so this might be a quick one. I added several new pages to the Collection section, including Darwin Carpets and Western Stimsons Pythons. We are very excited to work with these subspecies! Unfortunately, they are still a year away from production, but I am having a blast raising them up and watching their ontogenic changes.

Our breeding season is in full swing! We have eggs from some exciting pairings. One of my most anticipated clutches was an unexpected clutch from Zebra to Zebra jungle carpet python. I had my largest holdback female zebra in with our zebra male Grant. I thought she might be gravid, but she had a bad shed and was acting a bit strange, so I thought she might be coming down with something during the breeding season. I separated her out and was keeping an eye on her. She recovered from the bad shed and I was just keeping her separated. I walked in a few weeks later to see her sitting on a pile of 10 beautiful eggs. I am really hoping a super or two is in that clutch! Time will tell, but the zebras from this clutch, super or not, will be amazing. This is likely the first time that holdback, refined zebras with amazing yellow have been bred together and represent the potential to produce a mind-blowing yellow super zebra. I can hardly wait for the hatch date! Updates to follow. We also have some large clutches from zebra to nice normal JCP, so we should be producing plenty of zebras with some great yellow. Another highly anticipated pairing for this year that seems to be progressing nicely is our pair of Inland carpet pythons (M. s. metcalfei). I have witnessed several copulations and the female has started to refuse food. She is also basking partially inverted and looks gravid. I am really hoping for some good eggs from this pairing. It will definitely be the icing on the cake for the import from Europe we did last year. Would be great to see baby Inland carpets hatching out later this year.

Zebra X zebra jungle carpet python
            eggs

The Antaresia projects are also progressing nicely and we have had clutches from all 4 species again this year. This years breeding also includes some science and we are allowing a couple female Antaresia to maternally incubate their own clutches. Our largest Stimson's python laid a beautiful large clutch of eggs, so I swapped several of the eggs for a data logger that was set to record the temperature inside her coils every hour. This will give a glimpse into the thermal changes of a maternally incubating Stimson's python. A recent pygmy python female was coiled nicely around her clutch, but it was a little small for the large data logger, so I set the logger next to her coils. The data from this female will represent the conditions experienced outside the coils. Hopefully this experiment will yield some interesting results as well as some nice offspring from some amazing pythons. I tried to get a data logger into a Children's python clutch, but each time I put the logger insider her coils (4 attempts), she would kick it out of the coils. I guess she recognized it as a foreign object that she didn't want to waste her time with. Smart girl! Another Ant clutch that I am excited for is a pairing between some holdback Stimson's that have some amazing yellows and reds. These babies should be smoking. Should be a fantastic year for these amazing dwarf pythons in more ways than one. Stay tuned for more Antaresia goodness in the near future.

Stimsons python female with eggs and
            data logger

Stimsons
            python female with eggs and data logger

Steve reports that his season is in full swing as well. The knob-tail eggs are piling up. He has eggs on the ground from his Nephrurus asper, and we hope to get a few more from that project. The waiting list for asper is fairly long, and we hope to get to some of the people at the top of the list this year. Another new project that has resulted in eggs from a new species is the Pernatty knob-tail gecko (Nephrurus deleani). This is a nice species of knob-tail with some great colors and patterns. We will be putting up pictures of our deleani on the collection page in the near future. We also have amyae and levis levis eggs on the ground. Another very exciting development is that Steve's female Egernia (depressa) cygnitos appears to be gravid. Time will tell if we see baby spiny-tailed skinks soon, but we are definitely hopeful! Would be nice to have this project come to fruition so quickly. Contact Steve for more info on the geckos and skinks. This year is progressing well and we are excited for our upcoming hatchlings. We will have updates up very soon, so stay tuned. And, as always, GET ADDICTED!



1/19/12: Happy Halloween, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Martin Luther King Day (and any other holidays I may have missed in the last 4 months) to all!  Sorry for the paucity in updates, but things have been very hectic and busy since my return from Australia. The symposium turned out to be a let down, due to poor organization and poor attendance. It was good to hang with fellow American herpers including Rico Walder, Nick Mutton, and Marc Spataro, who I also got to go herping with in Darwin, along with my good friend Peter Birch, the Antaresia king of Australia. It was amazing to see the various herps of Sydney, Darwin and Brisbane areas. I was able to meet some very hospitable herpers, saw some amazing collections, and reconnected with some great friends in the Brisbane area. I have started to put up a report of the trip on the visits page, and will continue to add material over the next few weeks/months, so I appreciate your patience. The site was usually updated monthly, and I like to keep things fresh, so again, I appologize for the stagnant nature of the site. Hopefully I can put up several updates that will keep the regulars happy and give you a reason to come back to the site.  We got many new projects this last year and I will be putting up new projects over the next little while, so stay tuned!

The Complete Carpet Python continues to sell well and we are getting some nice reviews. If you haven't picked up a copy yet, go to the Complete Carpet Python book page dedicated to the book where you can read an exerpt of the forward written by John Weigel and see other details of the book. If you think it might be the book for you, feel free to order your copy. All books can be personalized to you and can be signed either by myself (Justin), or by all 3 authors. Books can be sent anywhere in the world, just make sure to choose the appropriate option from the dropdown menu. There are many books in stock, so they can be shipped immediately to your door via USPS priority mail. Nick and I had a blast writing the book, and it was fun to really get into the published literature available for the carpets. We have an extensive natural history section, with chapters on each of the carpet python species and subspecies
(Morelia spilota group, M. bredli, M. imbricata) as well as for the roughscale python (M. carinata). The species chapters are followed by a great section describing the latest research on the evolutionary history of carpet pythons with some interesting insights into the speciation and current distribution of this complex. The last half of the book covers the husbandry of the group, with a special chapter on advanced reproduction by our own Benson Morrill, PhD, followed by an extensive morph section to show off the majority of known morphs of this group. The book covers it all and we are happy with this work.  Check it out and see for yourself.

Well, here are a few pictures, to tide you over until the next update. I hope to get more up very soon, within the month. We also have females that are close to laying, so things should be happening fairly early this year. More info soon. As always, GET ADDICTED!

Black eyed childrens
            python
This is a holdback female blackeyed morph of Children's python (Antaresia childreni)

Stimsons python
I am very excited about this female Stimson's python (Antaresia stimsoni orientalis)

Woma
This amazing woma python (Aspidites ramsayi) is coming along nicely. We have been growing her up slow and hope to breed her next year.

Grant, zebra jungle carpet python
Grant, our breeder male zebra jungle carpet python, has been busy this breeding season. He is still amazing to look at!


9/27/11:  Getting ready to the Australian Herpetological Symposium for the launch of "The Complete Carpet Python"!  Can't wait to be back in Oz!  Should be a great meeting and some great herping afterwards.  I am also very excited to see the finished book for the first time, so that will be a nice finish to the writing process.  It is doing very well and many pre-orders for the book are coming in.  There will be a limited number initially, as the majority of the books will be printed in November, so get yours early while they last!  This is an exciting time and lots of good things are happening.  Benson will also be at the NARBC show in Tinley to sell books at the show, so you can meet one of the authors and get his signature in the book as well, so stop by Carpet Python Alley and say hello to Ben.  We have also set up a way for you to pre-order the book on this site, and this order form can be accessed through the link above.  Thanks to all who have supported us in writing the book and anyone who plans to buy the book down the road as well.  A lot of time and energy were put into the writing to make it a worthwhile purchase.  This book contains a compilation of natural history and captive care and breeding that will appeal to the beginner as well as the experienced carpet python breeder.  The book also contains many new carpet python morphs that have not been widely publicized.  We hope you enjoy reading "The Complete Carpet Python"!



8/26/11: 
Man, time flies!  Lots of stuff happening at AAR recently.  Biggest news is that Ben has moved to Virginia to start a teaching job at a community college.  He will now be able to represent us at some of the east coast shows.  We wish him the best of luck.  He started classes this week, so has been a bit busy getting a curriculum ready for his classes.  So, if you are on the east coast, drop Ben a line and say hello.  He should be scoping out some shows and meeting people, and we will be vending some shows in the future.

Speaking of reptile shows, the NARBC show in Anaheim, CA is just around the corner.  Steve and I will be vending this year and will have some nice animals available at the show.  Drop by and say hello.  Shows are great and it is always great to see old friends at the show every year, as well as making some new friends and hopefully selling a lot of snakes and geckos as well.  I am also gearing up for another trip over to Australia for the Australian Herpetological Symposium, which I am very excited for!  It will be great to catch up with friends and get in some amazing herping as well.

Inland Carpet python
New Inland Carpet Pythons!

We also got in some snakes from Europe!  We now have a proven pair of Inland carpet pythons as well as a juvenile pair.  They are amazing snakes!  So calm and laid back with a nice bold pattern and a healthy appetite makes for a very cool captive.  They should be very popular in the future as they become more available.  The first clutch of inlands was produced in the US this year, so they are still quite rare in collections.  We are very excited to be working with them and hope to produce them in 2012.  Always great to add a new Australian python to the collection and we should have a description page up on the site soon. 

Speaking of the collection pages, I updated the Stimsons python page with pictures of our adult breeder A. stimsoni.  They are such great little pythons and we are very happy to be working with them.  This years hatchlings started taking pink mice without much hassle and are all starting to grow like weeds.  They are beautiful pythons with bold patterns and are one of the easiest of the Antaresia to get started on mice as hatchlings.  The other Antaresia babies are also doing well, and many of our hatchling Pygmy pythons (A. perthensis) have started feeding on their own and are about ready to go.  They are fantastic mini pythons and we are thoroughly enjoying working with them.

Stimsons python
            (Antaresia stimsoni)
A Nice Female Stimsons Python

The zebra jungle carpets are coming along nicely, and all are feeding well on rats and mice. We also have a nice clutch of jaguars with some great red jags that are very nice.  Our tiger male sired a clutch, so we have some coastal carpets that cary some of the genes for this nice polygenic striped trait.  Our bredli clutch was fairly small this year, with only 3 eggs going the distance.  These should be nice looking bredli that are het for stripe as well. 

Zebra jungle carpet
            python
Zebra Jungle Carpet Python Hatchling

We recently put up a building for our rodents, so we can increase our feeder production.  It will take a lot of work to get it up and running, with a bit of delay between now and maximum production, but we hope to at least double our current production, which in turn should result in a nice increase in snake egg production as well.  I am excited about this new project!  GET ADDICTED!



6/18/11:
  More delayed updates.  Man, something must be sapping up all my time lately...  Maybe some kind of carpet python book or something.  More details to come. 

Well, things are crazy around here.  Lots of writing, babies hatching, cleaning cages, etc.  Just the usual routine in the early summer.  We successfully hatched out our first clutches of Pygmy pythons (Antaresia perthensis)!  We have some nice genetic diversity in our collection and I got two clutches from unrelated pairs from two different lines; Lazik line and Patterson line.  They are fantastic snakes!  The pygmys are so easy going and calm and they are fast becoming one of my favorite snakes.  The amazing reds really make them attractive pythons, and it is so nice to be able to house an adult python in such a small enclosure.  I am curious to see how it will be to get them feeding on rodents.  As advised by other perthensis breeders, I am starting them out on mouse parts until they seem to eat them without hesitation. This is going well and hopefully they will be eating on their own soon and will be ready for new homes.  Contact me (Justin) if you would like to work with these amazing snakes.  The other three members of the Antaresia genus also hatched out and we have some incredible super-red childrens pythons (A. childreni), some nice Cape York spotteds (A. maculosa) and some high-orange stimsons pythons (A. stimsoni).  We were happy to hatch out all 4 species in the Antaresia genus.  For anyone that is not familiar with this group of snakes, you really need to do yourself a favor and do some research.  These snakes are easy to keep, easy to breed, are relatively small as adults (the four smallest pythons in the world), and come in a variety of colors and patterns.  You will be glad you looked into them.

Pygmy python
              (Antaresia perthensis)
A pygmy python hatchling.

Our first zebra jungle carpet python (Morelia spilota cheynei) clutch hatched as well, but we got low odds on this one with 3.3 zebras and a bunch of normals.  Oh well.  I have just started offering pink rats, and a few have taken without hesitation, so these should be ready to go soon.  These were sired by our amazing zebra male, Grant, who is arguably one of the best zebras in the world.  His yellow is still vibrant and clean and he has an amazing intricate pattern.  The female was a Hamper/Lazik female with some great yellow, so these will be quality zebras.  We have been producing zebra jungle carpets since 2009, so we can provide you with some amazing animals.  We also hatched out jungle carpet pythons from our stripe project.  The striped jungle clutch was sired by Skunk and the Dam was Flower.  They are amazing animals with nearly complete stripes and intense yellow.  This is one of our most anticipated clutches.  One of the males produced is a tri-stripe and he will be held back to further refine our stripes.  Our goal is to one day consistently produce tristripe jungles with velvet black bordering neon yellow striping.  A limited number of striped jungles will be available, so call Ben if interested.  The Darwin carpet python (M. s. variegata) is developing nicely.  The female is a champion eater and is growing quickly and is developing some nice oranges in her pattern.  I am very excited to produce these guys down the road!

Darwin carpet python
            female (Morelia spilota variegata)
Darwin carpet python female.

Geckos have also started to hatch. Steve has had his first clutch of northern rough knob-tail geckos (Nephrurus asper) hatch! These are realtively rare in herpetoculture, and Steve has some very strong lines that have been productive and robust.  The smooth knobtails (N. levis levis) have also started to hatch and we should have some nice reds available later this year.  The centralian rough knobtials (N. amyae) are also starting to lay clutches, and this should be a productive year.  We should also produce some nice banded knobtails (N. wheeleri), and Steve has been adding to his wheeleri colony.

Jaguar coastal carpet pythons (M. s. mcdowelli) and Angolan pythons (Python anchietae) should also be hatching very soon, so we will have nice examples of these pythons available in a few weeks as well.  The Angolans sold very well last year, so if you are interested in some quality specimens, contact us for more details.

I also made a trip out to South Dakota and Reptile Gardens, so as soon as I am done with this writing business, I will post the pictures taken.  What a great place.  Terry was very accomodating and it was great to hang out with him and his family.  He has an amazing knowledge of so many different species, and it doesn't hurt that we share a common interest in the Morelia genus.  His skill with venomous snakes was unequaled and it was amazing to watch him work with snakes from death adders to king cobras.  I got some great shots, which will be posted soon.  It was also great to be able to see the rough-scale pythons (M. carinata) as well as some amazing Perenties (Varanus giganteus).  We are already planning on making a trip out there again!  Thanks again, Terry.

perentie (Varanus
            giganteus)
I got to hold a freaking perentie!!!

All in all, it is shaping up to be a nice year.  It is sure great to be able to work with these wonderful reptiles.  GET ADDICTED!


3/30/11:  I appologize for the delay since the last update, but this entry will be full of good news and some good pictures, so hopefully all will be forgiven.  Had some meetings in Washington DC.  Usually the days are just packed with the meetings, but this year I snuck out for a couple hours to go run through the National Zoo.  It would be great if there was a little time to see more of the sights in the Capital, but the meetings are great too.  The zoo was cool and the pandas were out cruising around, which is something you don't see at many zoos.  They also had a Japanese giant salamander, a freaking huge amphibian, which was worth the trip over there.  The herp house is a little light, but they have some freshwater crocs, komodo dragons, and some Mertens water monitors.  Was also really cool to see the orangutans climb on the wires above the walkways of the zoo.  The elephant enclosure is also amazing with a large area for the elephants to cruise around.  It was a very quick trip, but fun enough.  I did get a bit of flack when I got back, as one overzealous secretary hounded me a bit, but it was worth it, plus it was my birthday, so I think I deserved a little trip to the zoo.  Also got to eat a doener, which I haven't had since I was in Berlin last.  Wonderful stuff! 

Egg production has started full force!  One exciting accomplishment was the production of all 4 species of the Antaresia genus in one season.  Our first two clutches of the year were from our two Cape York spotted python (A. maculosa) females, which they actually coiled properly around; a big change from last year when they scattered them around the cage and most went bad during incubation, likely from dehydration.  The next clutch was from one of our pygmy pythons (A. perthensis), which was a whopping 12 eggs.  In the book Keeping and Breeding Australian Pythons, it records clutch size for A. perthensis between 3 and 11 eggs, so we one-upped the normal range.  Hopefully the majority will hatch and we will have plenty of pygmy pythons, which are rapidly becoming one of my favorite snakes.  They are so mild-mannered and beautiful that it is hard not to be impressed by them.  I am a little fearful of getting the hatchlings feeding, but I have heard it is not as terrible as it is made out to be.  Next Antaresia clutch was from a childrens python (A. childreni) female, a first-time breeder with a small clutch of 4.  This clutch was followed by 2 more childreni females.  The last clutch was a bit of a surprise from a Stimsons python (A. stimsoni).  This female kept feeding and was swollen in the latter third for several months, so I just thought she was overweight or something.  When I went to check on her after my trip to DC, she was coiled up nicely.  The eggs must have been in there for a couple days, as the ones on top were a bit dessicated, but the most look great.  She completed the slam dunk of the Antaresia.  Now it is going to be interesting to see how it will be to have so many baby Ants.  I should have an update soon of dwarf pythons hatching left and right.

Antaresia females on
            eggs


1/25/11:  Happy New Year.  Hope you are all sticking to your New Years resolutions of getting more snakes and lizards.  I had a great start to the new year with a nice snowboarding trip with my brother in law Anson, hanging with my family, seeing a few good lock-ups and other assorted breeding activity, and getting some nice funding for my research at the University.  Ben has been busy with his comprehensive exams for his PhD work and Steve is starting volunteer work at the Phoenix Zoo, so a lot of great things going on in the new year.  Unfortunately, my macro lens on my Nikon broke, but we picked up a nice 18-55 mm lens as a replacement and it works nicely.  I have a few pictures below that I took with the new lens.  The old lens was luckily stuck in macro mode, so I may use it occasionally, but I am happy with the new one too.

There has been lots of breeding activity going on, some good, some not so good.  I had our female diamond in with some other females and introduced our male zebra jaguar in with the group only to have him start combating with the diamond.  Turns out the diamond is a male, which was confirmed easily using the probe set.  We were looking forward to seeing what a 50% diamond zebra jag would look like.  We do have a high percentage diamond jungle cross in with him, so we will get a good idea, but it was sad to have a female turn out to be a male.  We really need to be more vigilant at rechecking genders when we get snakes.  Sad we have had the diamond for several years now and never knew the correct gender.  This diamond project was kind of a train wreck, with one dying shortly after getting the pair, both turning out to be males, and originating from what was considered a questionable diamond line, so all in all is was a nice little failure.  Oh well, live and learn.  I do need to get a group of diamonds sometime down the line.  They are such cool animals with such different adaptations.  There is a surprising amount of published literature on diamonds which gives some nice insight into how these snakes should be kept in captivity.  We hope to try a diamond project again soon.

This is a great time of year with all the potential for production.  I really hope we have a good year of production.  Would love to have a few zebra and zebra jag clutches produced this year.  Would also be cool to produce some pygmy pythons and stimsons pythons for the first time this year as well as some black-headed monitors.  We will see how the year goes.  Our holdback zebra male from 2009 has been showing some breeding activity with some big jungle girls, so hopefully we will get to see what his offspring look like this year.  For some reason, no males really pay attention to our adult zebra female.  Not quite sure what is going on with her, but I really hope she will produce this year.  Would be nice to produce some super zebras.  Our holdback females from '09 are doing fantastically well, so we will have a few of those ready for this next year.  I would also like to be able to produce some granite IJs this year as well, so hopefully our males are getting the job done.  We will have the most out crossed granites available, which will hopefully help in breeding out some of the weak traits that have been seen in the granites that are likely a result of inbreeding.  Just one of the fun side effects associated with a recessive trait.  Anyway, lots of fun during this time of year and I can't wait for eggs.  Well, here are a couple random pictures.  Hope your breeding seasons are going well.  GET ADDICTED!

Zebra jungle carpet python Zebra jungle carpet python Stimsons python Stimsons python Killer bee mojave Spider mojave het pied
Male holdback zebra jungle
Another shot of Grant, our zebra
Male Stimsons python
Female Stimmy
Killer bee mojave ball
Spider mojave het pied



12/24/10:  Merry Christmas!   It is nice to have a little time off of work to hang out with my family.  I was just hanging out with the kids watching Planet Earth and relaxing, so I thought it would be good chance to put up an update for the holidays.

I had some great visitors, Matt and Dave, a son and father who came to check out the collection.  Matt reminded me of myself at his age, and I was really impressed with his knowledge of our animals and his enthusiasm for this great hobby.  He represents the future of herpetoculture and it was great to see the future is in good hands.  Meeting great people is one of the nice sidebars of working with these amazing animals.  It is really important that breeders and hobbyists do all they can to bolster the next generation of keepers and share information and insight that will give them the best chances for success.  Good experiences early on are important for the development of the future reptile and amphibian hobbyists and breeders.  When I was a kid, I didn't even realize breeding was an option.  I did have great locals, like Louis Porras, who ran Zooherp and was really cool about letting me come check things out and spending time showing me all the cool animals he kept. Looking back on that now, I realize how nice that really was, and he could have just as easily given me the cold shoulder or restricted my "tour" of his facility.  I am thankful to those who showed me the ropes and invited me over to see thier collections and I hope to do the same for others.

variegata variegata variegata Pilbara rock monitor Pilbara rock monitor holdback 2010 male zebra jungle carpet
Male het albino carpet
Female.  Love that color!
More recent shot of the male
Probable male pilbarensis
Likely male and female pilabras
HB male zebra jungle


Well, we were fortunate enought to pick up some new cool projects!  We got an amazing pair of het albino variegata, and I am very excited to see them mature and grow and hopefully produce a few albinos down the road.  In the box were a couple of het axanthic coastals as well, so that will be another fun project.  Steve also picked up a nice (hopeful) pair of Varanus glauerti, which are doing well, growing large, and looking more and more like it is a pair.  On a related note, the V. pilbarensis are doing well and getting some nice color and it looks like we have at least a pair.  They are such fun monitors and look really great.  I am really enjoying keeping monitors again, and with the roaches (or more importantly without the pain of ordering crickets), they are really fun and entertaining to watch.

I got all the reptile photos arranged and put an Australia report up on the visits page.  The trip was so amazing and almost feels like it wasn't real.  I also got a bunch of videos edited and put them up on youtube, so check them out.  They include some wild monitors, green tree pythons, and a jungle carpet python, among others.  Can't wait to get back again!  I sure miss the weather right now during the cold months in Northern Utah.  It was so amazing to see some of the animals I keep in captivity out in their native environment. 
The addiction level has increased!  The scientist part of me wanted to follow them around for a few days and observe them, while the herper in me wanted to check more and more off my life list of species.  It was the trip of a lifetime and I can't wait to do it again.  GET ADDICTED!


11/2/10: 
Well, I am back from Australia.  Almost have pictures ready to put up on the web, so check back soon.  It was an amazing trip!  Not much better than being able to live my lifelong dream of herping Australia.  Met some great people and saw some amazing animals and country.  Unfortunately, it just makes me want to go back as soon as possible.  Thanks again to my beautiful wife who sent me over there, Jason and Neil of the Australian Herpetological Symposium, all the guys I got to herp with, Joe and his family, Steve and Lavina, and Chris, and all the others!  Can't wait to go back!  More details to follow soon.  GET ADDICTED!

Here are a couple teaser photos:

Boyds Wild
                      Jungle Leaf
                      Tail Gecko Ackie
                      Female Bearded Dragon Mulga
                      snake
Boyd's Forrest Dragon
Wild Jungle from Tinaroo
Leaf-tail Gecko Fig Tree
Female Ackie- Amazing!
Bearded Dragon
Mulga Snake- Impressive



8/26/10:  Well, great things happening at Australian Addiction Reptiles lately!  We have had some new projects, some very exciting clutches hatch out, including some rare hatchlings, and some first time productions at AAR.  I have finally managed to get some Pilbara rock monitors (Varanus pilbarensis)!  We picked up a clutch of these amazingly cool monitor lizards and they are very entertaining to watch.  Hopefully they do well here and we will be able to offer some up in the future for purchase.  These are some of the coolest and most colorful monitors around and they are relatively rare in US collections, so we are fortunate to work with them.  Check out the pilbarensis page for more info and some pics of the little varanids.

We've had our first Nephrurus asper or prickly knobtail gecko, hatch out, and it is awesome!  Looks like it will likely turn out to be a light phase asper.  It is starting to get a little orange coloration on its nose.  We are excited to see how this little gecko turns out.  Some amyae have also hatched out and we have listed some for sale on the available page.  These are from some great looking and vibrant Lazik lines.  We also had a couple Nephrurus wheeleri, banded geckos, hatch out recently as well and they are doing fantastic and growing quickly.  Not sure if you caught Steve and me on Reptile Radio talking geckos, so here is a link to our show.  It is fun chatting with the RR guys and we appreciate the efforts they go to to produce such a quality show.  Unfortunately, the show heading calls Steve, Scott, so I better clarify that his name is Steve.  We'll forgive them, though (LOL).  If you are unfamiliar with Reptile Radio, check it out!

Nephrurus asper hatching Nephrurus asper hatchling
Our first asper hatching!
Little asper out of the egg


We also had a great result from a breeding loan with our friend Chris.  He sent up his female pied and we bred her to our male bumblebee mojave.  The clutch hatched a week or two ago and we were lucky to produce a male bumblebee mojave, 1.2 pastaves, and 1.0 normal, all of which are het pied!  They look fantastic and the pastaves almost glow!  It will be fun to breed the bumblebee mojave het pied male to pied and het pied females in the coming years and see what cool pied morphs we can produce.  It is nice when a breeding loan goes so smoothly, as they seldom seem to do.

Many of the available pages have been updated with 2010 stock, including the centralian python, zebra and normal jungle carpet pythons, woma, and amyae pages, so check them out and let us know what you would like.  The zebras are selling well, so if you want one, you better act quickly.  It is a smart plan to pick up a female this year, while they are cheaper than males, in anticipation of producing super zebras, the yellow patternless jungle carpet python.  The centralians look great again this year.  Last years hatchlings from this pairing turned out amazing!  We have lots of extra males, so if you are looking for a reverse trio, we'll make you a nice deal.  The amyae hatchlings look amazing and are ready to go.  We are happy to offer some of these amazing geckos for sale. 

The reptile show season is coming up very quickly.  We will be in Anaheim in a couple weeks, and after that we will be in Vegas, Tucson, Salt Lake, and possibly Pheonix.  Come check us out at the booth and introduce yourself.  We are always excited to meet fellow fans of Australian herps.  My trip to Australia is getting closer and closer and I can't wait to get over there for some amazing herping.  I plan to return with plenty of pictures, which I will put up on the site.  It will be fun to see these amazing animals in their natural habitat!  I am going to be careful not to even touch any of the animals in the wild to avoid any implication in illeagal acts.  Rest assurred, I will leave Australia with only photos.  My career and collection are not worth losing.  I will be happy enough just to observe them in the wild.  Should be a great trip!  Looking forward to spending time with my dad as well.  I am fortunate to have such a great dad that will hang out with his crazy son on a herping trip to the middle of Australia.  My parents are the best!

Well, check out the updates and let us know how we can help you out with your addiction to these awesome animals.  Get Addicted!


7/21/10:  Things have been crazy around here with hatchling season, and I let a month go by without an update.  We have had some great animals hatching out the last couple months.  I really enjoy this time of year!  Perhaps the most exciting clutch of the year is the Zebra Jungle Carpet clutch from our zebra male Grevy bred to Sis, a nice female jungle.  The babies are very nice and we have to keep a couple of this years hatchlings.  I am really loving this project and it is great to see the little zebras emerging from the eggs.  Unfortunately, this was the only zebra clutch for us this year.  It seemed to be a common theme, as very few zebras were produced in the US, with a few notable breeders striking out or producing very few of them.  Should be a viable project for years to come.  The super zebra project is still in it's infancy and only a small number have been produced in the world.  I am very excited for the 2010 breeding season, when we can use Grant in our production.  Grevy has an amazingly intricate pattern, but his color is not the best.  Breeding him to Grade A female jungles produced some phenominal zebras with Grevy's pattern and the females color (as seen in the last update!), resulting in some contenders for the nicest zebras in the country after only 1 year of selected breeding.  I can only imagine how insanely nice the offspring of zebras produced by the '09 zebras bred to some nice jungles.  Should blow some minds!  The babies from this years clutch should turn out just as nice as last years babies.  One male has some insane striping, which is interesting, as the dam of the clutch is siblings to Skunk, our striped male jungle, so it looks like some striping went to this little guy.  I am so curious to see what he looks like once his yellow starts coming in.  I am also very curious to see how the super zebras produced from our F1s will look!  Check out our Available Zebras page for pictures of all the available 2010 offspring.

Another notable accomplishment was the hatching of two clutches of Angolan pythons.  Ben did a great job with these guys and the babies look great!  A few have some really cool striped patterns.  It is always nice to hatch out a new species of python.  Angolans are still fairly rare in herpetoculture and prices are coming down to reasonable levels so more people can enjoy these amazing pythons.  They have beaded scales, which give them a very cool feel.  They are very good feeders, compared to their fellow Africans- the ball python- although they do get a bit larger.  Angolans are great snakes and we are excited to be able to offer them for sale.  Check them out on our Available Angolan page.

Yet another first for AAR is Steves production of Prickly Knobtails (Nephrurus asper) and Centralian Knobtails (Nephrurus amyae).  We were fortunate to get viable eggs from the asper and the female is on her third clutch of the year.  Can't wait to see how the babies look.  Several amyae have hatched out and we gotten 6 clutches for the year so far.  Check back soon if you are interested in getting some amazing amyae.  These little basketball heads are some of the coolest geckos on the planet.  Steve is rocking the knobtails and also has several Smooth Knobtail (N. levis levis) eggs currently incubating as well.  We do have a few awesome male levis up for sale as well.  Check them out on the Available levis page.  I also have a couple of wheeleri clutches incubating and hopefully I can get some to hatch out soon.

On the ball python front, we were lucky enough to produce a super pastel spider mojave (Yee Haw on the 4-banger!) with a sister that is a bumblebee mojave.  Also got a nice clutch of eggs from the bumblebee mojave to a pied female, so we should have some awesome morph het pieds hatching out in a month or so.  We had a cool little dinker project, but it didn't really pan out with anything too special.  We had an interesting female that had many characteristics of a morph.  She produced a male spider that looked a little different from the normal spiders, so we kept him back and bred him back to the dam.  The spiders that came out are really nice, but I don't think there is much else going on with them.  Just some really nice reduced spiders.

We had some eggs from Skunk to Flower, which is a fun striped project, but unfortunately only one egg made it to hatching, and we are keeping the hatchling as a holdback to produce some cool stripes down the road.  Both of our female Centralian pythons laid clutches this year, one of which has hatched.  The babies are great, but they are a bit male heavy.  They look great and are het for stripe.  The second clutch should be hatching very soon, so hopefully that clutch is female heavy.  Also produced some babies from our black-eyed childrens python male to a female VPI childrens.  I was told that they are a recessive trait, but some of the babies look like they have black eyes.  I need to take some pics soon so you can judge for yourself.  I also need to check closely to see if they have keeled dorsal scales.  The black-eyed childrens did originate at VPI, so it is possible that the female breeder from VPI that produced them was also a het for black-eye.  Hopefully I can figure out what is going on with these.  The woma babies produced this year are amazing.  Unfortunately I only produced 2 clutches with 4 babies each.  These are very nice babies from our nicest pairs.  We also produced some nice jaguar coastal carpets from our red morph jaguar to a nice coastal female, so they should be up for sale soon too.

Anyway, we are off to a great start with this years offspring!  We have a few more clutches in the incubator, so check the available page to see what we are producing.  Thanks for your support and GET ADDICTED!


5/18/10: Getting excited for the zebra clutch to hatch, so I got the camera out last night for a Jungle photo session.  Just pictures today.  Oh, and some womas are out of the egg too!  GET ADDICTED!

Zebra
                      jungle carpet python Zebra
                      jungle carpet python Zebra
                      jungle carpet python Zebra
                      jungle carpet python Zebra
                      jungle carpet python Zebra
                      jungle carpet python Zebra
                      jungle carpet python Zebra
                      jungle carpet python Zebra
                      jungle carpet python
Three in the bucket
Add one more
Grant, HB male zebra
Grant, up close and personal
Fiesty female number 5
A little close, watch that bite!
Female 6 has a neat pattern
Another angle of female 6
Female 3 is a knockout!

Jungle
                      carpet python Jungle
                      carpet python Jungle
                      carpet python Jungle
                      carpet python Jungle
                      carpet python Jungle
                      carpet python Jungle
                      carpet python Jungle
                      carpet python
Python Pete line girl
I really like this female
Stripe-line female
Stripe-line male, nice!
Female from Steve
A little closer, looking good.
Pinstripey female
Sis.  Not bad for an old gal.



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