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The Dollars & Sense of Captive Bred Reptiles

5 Nov

Calling out the retailers

Recently, my colleague and I Gary Rolfe of Northampton Reptile Centre were discussing the much-debated topic of captive bred reptiles versus wild caught reptiles. Anyone who’s passionate about reptiles knows the subject. It’s talked about in most circles, whether you’re working with bearded dragons Pogona vitticeps or the West Indian Epicrates that Tom Crutchfield of Tom Crutchfield Reptiles is currently working with, the subject has been broached by someone that you know.

To put this all into perspective Gary and I were discussing the advantages of purchasing a captive bred reptile and I relayed the fact that I had seen some breeders at shows who would put the initials ‘CB’ on the containers when the reptiles were actually wild caught usually signified by ‘WC’. This is a common practice in the reptile industry and most people know this and accept this. However, at one show I saw a breeder using these initials to represent Captive Born reptiles. Now if this particular breeder were asked they would say that yes it was a ‘farmed or captive born animal’ Why not be upfront in the first place. I think Gary put it best when he said, “I call for all retailers to honestly display the origins of their reptiles for sale.” Continue reading


A Brief Tribute to Luke Yeoman by Mason

29 Jun

The last time Luke Yeoman & I spoke he said

‘I got rid of the other stuff because I’ll be furious if anything killed me & it wasn’t a king cobra. I love them, the other stuff I just keep.’

He, unlike most of us, went doing what he loved, he said this because he survived a bite from another species & his wife & kids were abroad. He said nothing else was important enough to be worth his life. But the survival of the king cobra in the wild WAS. Luke spent all his time caring for & breeding king cobras in theUK. These snakes were then sent to a sanctuary inIndiawhich he maintained & staffed at his own expense.

Luke had a real love & passion for the king cobra & the knowledge we gained of this species gave it a foothold in a habitat that was in danger of disappearing from in the wild. This was my inept tribute to a mentor of mine. People like Luke Yeomans who keep & breed venomous snakes in captivity may seem mad to you, but they are the reason we have a source of snake venom being used in research worldwide for treatment of cancer, brain and heart disease as well as environmental conservation work. That is enough from me on such a sad subject that so many of you will see as crazy. Bye Luke. Your work continues.

The above was written a short time after Mason of Mason Exotics was given the news about his mentors passing.

A Night in the Anza Borrego

29 May

Back to Basics

I have spent the time after returning from Las Vegas planning one of my own field herping adventures. I visited the Las Vegas Reptile Expo as you may know to cover it for this site. While my son Austin and I were inLas Vegas we had the opportunity to go out and do some field herping with a local and three other guests of the expo. To say it would turn out to be a night to remember is an understatement. For those close to me, they might find it unusual that I would attempt to go into the field in any capacity with more than two people. This is because it’s always been a long standing rule with me that I don’t go herping with more than two people at one time. Most times when herping with ‘large’ groups there are generally issues with who gets the capture not to mention the varying personalities have a tendency to clash. To avoid these potential encounters ‘gone south’ I would normally refuse to attend any field herping adventure that would include more than 3 people. Not just that, but I am a card carrying misanthrope as well. Continue reading