Hey y’all! I figured since I’ve been on the forums for a couple years, I may as well go ahead and introduce myself. I’m Kayla, owner of Inspiration Exotics, and I started breeding in 2020. I’m a very small hobby breeder (currently a graduate student). I’m originally from Austin, Texas, and knew some awesome reptile community folks down there, but now I live in central Illinois and am attending graduate school for library and information science. I also write (mostly fantasy including dragons, no surprise there).
I work with a few different species! I started in ball pythons, because I’ve loved them my whole life and I loved the genetics. I’m working on enhancers and high contrast projects, so my primary focus in DG, pied, hopefully crypton/monsoon in the future with genes like GHI, lace, nanny, granite, OD, and fire complex and getting really high quality, high-gene expression contrast animals. I have a trio of KZN red T- African house snakes (B. capsensis) growing up that I’m hoping to breed next season and expand into more! This was my first season producing crested geckos, which turned out amazing (I posted a thread in #geckos:crested-geckos about it) and hope to do sarasinorum geckos in the future as well, I have a gorgeous female growing up! Since I have very limited space and funds, I’m extremely picky about my project animals and only have a few in each species.
I also set myself some ethical standards when I started breeding (which not everyone will agree with, and that’s okay)! I don’t work with any genes that have any higher potential to decrease quality of life, so no neuro genes or physical defect genes in ball pythons (I do work with black pastel, but will never breed supers). I also like to provide all of my animals with enrichment. These are things I’m outspoken about because they’re part of my passion of always improving myself and making a positive impact on the hobby where I can, as a tiny hobby breeder.
I’m also super friendly, love to talk, and go to a bunch of shows. Being around people helps with my mental health, which is something I struggle with a lot at times. Nice to meet y’all!
MorphMarket Store: Inspiration Exotics - MorphMarket
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyd6nJ73xF0uxRtFV8_APNg (which I would like to update more, but is very hard to keep up with filming and editing while I’m in grad school).
One of my gecko holdbacks this year:
And the first ever BP holdback I produced (from a surprise clutch I didn’t pair for), gorgeous pastel enchi mojave female: