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Since most people don't get to see many reptiles, I thought I'd post some pics of my reptile collection for you guys. I don't have updated pics of everyone and I don't have any pics of my geckos, but I do have some of most of the snakes. Most of the outdoor shots were taken around easter last year.

I've been keeping reptiles for ~8 years now. I started with crested geckos and have kept them as my classroom pets, which the kids love. I also have snakes, a blue tongue skink, and some gargoyle geckos. The snake species I currently have are: ball pythons, boa constrictors (BCI / BCA), Kenyan sand boas, a Brazilian rainbow boa, and a jaguar carpet python.

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Two of my ball python females, "Cinna" a cinnamon morph (bottom of pic) and "Elaine" a pastave (pastel / mojave morph).


A newer pic of Cinna from earlier this year showing how large she is and her patterning.


"Kirby" my hypo male BCI (common boa)


A closeup shot of Kirby's scales in better lighting. This is normally the color he looks outside.


"Jax" my male south Brazilian BCA (boa constrictor amarali)


"Gambit" a motley CA bci (Central American common boa)


"Rogue" my Brazilian rainbow boa. This pic does not do justice to her colors



"Quincy" A blue tongue skink


"Zelda" a female Kenyan sand boa (anery morph). She is about twice this large now.. ~ 3' long which is her adult size


Now two planted terrariums. The first is 12" x 12" x 18" and will house a single gargoyle gecko once everything is grown in. The second is an 18"x18"x24" and houses a single crested gecko in my classroom





I don't have any pics of the snake enclosures or my carpet... I will try to take some and update the thread later this week.
I hope you enjoyed the pics!

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Very beautiful thanks for sharing
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It's really nice to see some of your scaly pets!
The pattern and colour of the Brazilian rainbow boa is particularly interesting, I have never seen one up until now.
Thank you for sharing these, I will be waiting for the extra pics!
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Wow! Fascinating! I have always liked snakes, their colours and patterns really impress me.
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Your reptiles are beautiful!

It's fascinating to me that you have so many reptiles and are now branching out into budgies and canaries.

You must have a very large home to accommodate all your pets.

I'll be looking forward to your updates.
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You have a beautiful reptile collection . I enjoyed this thread, and will be looking forward to more!
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Your reptile are very pretty! My granddaughter has a 2ft corn snake.
She's going to love seeing yurt pictures this afternoon

This little guy lives at her home not mine.
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You have some beautiful reptiles for sure! I also love snakes and yours are all stunning

I particularly like the colours of Elaine, Kirby, and Rogue

I can't wait to see more of them!
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Thanks guys!
Reptiles almost always look better in natural light and in person. Many of these snakes don't look good inside (under florescent or incandescent light). The pic of rogue does not do her justice in any way... I will try to get an outdoor pic of her so that you can see her iridescence.

Faerybee- Reptiles don't take up as much room / time as you'd thihk. Mine eat every 1-4 weeks depending on the species and age and they poo / pee around the same interval. I change water several times a week and check enclosures, but the snakes are just as happy not being handled as when I take them out. I try to handle all of them at least once a week to check for issues though.

I use 4'x 2' pvc enclosures to house my larger two snakes and the skink. As the others grow they will also be upgraded to enclosures. Right now most of the snakes live in snake racks, which is like a drawer system with heating and clear plastic tubs. Some species like the sand boas and ball pythons are more comfortable and less nervous when housed this way. Others, like the carpet, BRB, and Gambit, will be upgraded as they grow large enough for an enclosure.

I house all the reptiles in a single spare bedroom and heat it using a space heater hooked up to an industrial thermostat. This keeps the room at 75f in the winter months. I use a humidifer when the heater runs a lot to keep humidity up as well. All of the racks and cages have either heat tape or heating pads (under tank heaters) hooked up to a herpstat (reptile-specific thermostat) and the lighting is on a timer system. About the only thing I don't have is an electric mister.. I'd love one, but they are pricey and can malfunction, flooding the enclosures they are hooked to.

Pegg- I love corn snakes... So active and all the bright colors! Unfortunately, they are a native species in my state and are illegal to own, so I won't be able to own any unless I move out of state at some point. :/

I will try to get a few updated pics for you guys and post this weekend.
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I think reptiles are fascinating. I used to love lizards and frogs ever since I was a young child. I looked into keeping some again several years ago, but through my resesrch, I realized that to do it right it can be about as involved as fishkeeping, which is a hobby I don't do anymore because I have my hands full enough with my 2 budgies and 3 parrots already .

I know someone else (internet, not in person) who also has the most beautiful snake collection. She talked about and showed the rack system you mentioned. I had no idea some species were kept that way.

You said you have a crested gecko? I'd love to see that! Years ago I had a pair of Standingi day geckos. The large mature male clamped onto my hand so hard I could not get it off, until stuck my hand (and him) in a bag and he jumped off. It was quite painful. Ah memories... I wish I could get something reptilian again .
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