Hello. Many of you know of me already, but I realized I never did an introduction. My name is Ashley and I am 22 years old (23 later this year). I have been keeping reptiles since I was 12, and have been passionate/learning about them for as long as I can remember. I was inspired to one day become a herpetologist by the work of Steve Irwin, though that was narrowed down from Zoologist/Ornithologist in the recent years.
I have 5 snakes at the moment, and plan to work primarily with colubrids in the future with a couple BP projects. I also plan to get into retics in a few years once @mnroyals starts producing them. Though I will only be getting into dwarf/super dwarf retics due to being too short to handle the larger ones easily. Being 4’10" (147cm for those not using freedom units) does tend to come with some limits on what snakes can be handled without risk.
I will now list the snakes that I have, as I am sure some may want to know. My oldest snake is a 10 year old Arizona mountain king snake, and his name is Ammon. My smallest snake is a 3 year old San Matias rosy boa named Andromeda. She was a runt when born and will likely never get much bigger than she is now, and is 55 grams when empty. My longest snake is the one I am currently treating for an RI due to the breeder sending her to me with one. She is an Eastern rat snake and her name is Polaris, she is 5-6 years old and is 6’1" (185cm). I have 2 BPs, and both are het VPI axanthic. I have a female firefly named Bellatrix, and a male banana champagne pastel named Akira. Bellatrix is your standard shy BP, and Akira loves exploring and isn’t even head shy.
I have recently started making jewelry from the sheds of my snakes to help pay for their food and care. Due to getting laid off of work and caring for a sick snake that a breeder sent me, that is one of my only ways to keep myself from going broke. I will likely have to sell a few things, including one of my snakes at this rate, as I don’t think getting a job soon enough will happen due to covid. I will link my shop below if any of you want to help add to the snake piggy bank.
Thanks for reading, and if you ever need care tips on the snakes I keep, feel free to ask. I know the care of many other snakes as well, due to looking into and researching many species so I can likely help out even if I don’t keep them.
Now for the picture tax;
Extra close mlem from Ammon:
Andromeda on a rose:
She just ate yesterday so I can’t get a more recent picture.
Always has perfect sheds.
Scales of stuck shed on his head because he hasn’t figured out how to use the rock in his enclosure yet, unlike Bellatrix.