My name is Emily, I have a B.A. in Zoology from the University of Montana, and work at the Reptile Zoo in Monroe, WA. I've kept reptiles since the age of 10, and am enamored with their elegant yet primitive beauty. As of now, I have a dream job working in a zoo surrounded by a plethora of reptiles. I love being able to educate the public about their natural beauty and awesome abilities. This year I will be breeding Ball Pythons and Jungle Carpet Pythons while expanding my collection. Follow me along as I learn, love, and share my passion about these beautiful animals!
Your blog is amazing! I recently got to hold a snake for my first time and fell in love!! I'll be going into zoology as well! <3 your so freaking cool
I’m glad you enjoy my posts, and that you loved your first snake experience! They sure are amazingly sophisticated and beautiful animals.
Best of luck with your zoology degree!! - I’m really glad I pursued my personal interest. I also earned a minor in Mathematics, which can be considered the “language of science”, and am happy with that decision as well.
If you ever have any questions or curiosities about snakes/reptiles, or school, I’m more than happy to help :)
Thanks again, and rock on!
» Asked by capt-syvennia
I was cleaning the hatchling rack the other day, and snapped a picture of this gorgeous guy! He is a voracious eater, and his colors continue to get cleaner and crisper with every shed.
He is available for $220 (including shipping), and can be shipped anywhere in the US via FedEx Priority Overnight.
Let me know if you’ve fallen in love!
Hi, A majority of my bps are eating live rodents right now and I'd like to switch them to frozen rodents. I was trying to do some research on how to do that and all i found was the basics (braining, chicken broth, make sure it's warm, etc.) But my problem is that no matter how much I wiggle the thawed rodent they seem to just KNOW it's not alive and have absolutely NO interest in them, but eat live rodents like there's no tomorrow. Any suggestions?
Thanks for the inquiry. It sounds like you know, and have tried most of the tricks involved in altering the f/t food item you are offering. I assume you have also tried varying sizes and types of food (rat vs mouse vs gerbil).
I have two suggestions for you involving 1. location of feeding, and 2. type of food item. You will want to try one, then a combination of these feeding strategies.
First, let them be for at least 5 days, and don’t even open/peek in to their enclosure. You definitely want to eliminate as much stress as possible. Feeding at night ensures they are in their predator mode, and you might see a stronger feeding response then. You can also try feeding in a separate container that is opaque, and creates a dark, secure place. Let them settle in for 30 min or longer, then try offering food. Or, try overhauling/rearranging their enclosure so there is new furniture/smells.
If they aren’t keen on f/t, do a little less of a transition. Try freshly thumping a mouse or rat (whatever they’ve been previously eating) and see if they will take it then. It would be baby steps towards f/t from there.
I hope this helps, and always keep other suggestions in mind, as there isn’t an exact recipe :)
Let me know if you have any other questions, and have a great night!
» Asked by Anonymous
Woah I didn't know you worked at the monroe reptile zoo! High five! That place is awesome, and you're awesome :3
:DD Thank you to both!! That was the best way to start off my day!
And yeah, the zoo is an awesome place to work, and I love the variety of reptiles we have there. We’ve been working really hard on improving the living spaces for our animals, and overall look of the zoo in the last couple years. Hope you can visit again soon :))
» Asked by skullbird
Rattlesnake, needs species ID. Monroe Reptile Zoo.
Hey! I work there! :D
That is our male North Pacific Rattlesnake, named “Felix”. The vision cage they are in is a new addition, so I probably hadn’t gotten the sign up yet, my bad! Fun fact: the number of rings on the end of their body is sexually dimorphic! If I’m remembering correctly, the males have a larger number than the females.
The Snow Ball
A white snake with extremely pale side markings and brilliant red eyes.
Since the albino and the axanthic ball pythons were the first two color morphs to be reproduced in captivity it stands to reason that the snow ball python would be the first double simple recessive ball python to be produced. This tremendous event took place in 2001. That year a Snake Keeper snow ball was produced and a Joliff snow ball. Since that time several more Joliff line snows have hatched along with a VPI line snow. The snow ball python is in a class by itself when compared to snows of other species. The pattern is only faintly visible on adults and in some hatchling snows, the pattern is completely absent. As more snows are produced it is anticipated that they will only continue to get better and better as they are selectively bred through several generations. The snow ball is a wonderful project that took years to develop and it has definitely produced a unique ball python!
I am working towards producing these. Can’t wait!
It’s been almost a year since I got Lady, my wamena scrub python. These are comparison shots of then and now - I’m really happy with how she looks and her growth rate thus far. I still wish I could capture her beauty properly. Love this species!
I had thought the use of fake plants would have better results than live, as they wouldn’t get crushed. Wrong. Lol. I’ll have to experiment with placement.