I've been really ill recently, hence my lack of posting, but I had two things happening on Sunday that I was just NOT willing to miss
The first thing was the CREAKS (Central Reptile and Exotic Animal Keepers Society) show, which was similar to what I usually go to with the birds. One big sale. I went with Jack's step dad, as he's into his reptiles too. He was a terrible choice and a very bad influence to take with me
When we got there, we were waiting in like for 45 minutes before we could even get in! It was a grueling wait, especially when you're so excited!
I didn't take much money, which I guess is a good thing, but there was so much amazing art work and some really good books I wanted to buy. Oh and equipment. The only equipment I got was some new tiny water bowls for the hatchling enclosures and a new long heat mat for my rack style set up. The prices were very good
I also ended up bringing back some critters... sigh. I had actually gone with the intention of buying a male anery Kenyan sand boa. However, the only one I could find was a female hatchling and they wanted 100 for her
I'm NOT paying that! Paprika only cost me 30. Anyway. As said above, I'd gone with Jack's step dad. He really, really wanted a royal (ball) python but was told not to come back with anything. Most of the royal pythons available were all morphs, and expensive ones at that. You were looking between 40-3000 in price. No thanks! I found a gorgeous young male for only 25, but he had what appeared to be a heat lamp burn on his head and I couldn't risk losing another. It would have really upset me, having not only lost the birds but then losing Cleo as well
I kept looking around and found a very popular and very reputable breeder. They even had their own snake bags with their logo on them haha. He too was selling a normal male for £25, but this one looked amazing and very healthy. Paul egged me on and I ended up buying him. I don't know how old he is, but he's definitely a 2013 fella. He hasn't got a name yet, and he doesn't have any fancy morphs (but I think the normal wild markings are the prettiest anyway). Here's a few pictures
Do you see the faces/ET too?
I also really wanted a leopard gecko, however, I told my self no no, you don't want to get one just yet because you won't be comfortable feeding them bugs. What did I get? A bloomin' bearded dragon! All of the beardies at the show were only costing 10, but this fella was 8. That's not why I bought him! He just seemed to be the most alert and happy looking + I already have a large vivarium at home that is currently empty as Frank is in a tub at the moment. I noticed when I picked up the tub that he was missing many toes and the end of his tail. He also has one foot so badly damaged that it's pretty much a stump. I couldn't resist him though. He has gorgeous markings, a huge personality and he's a bit more unique than the others. I snatched him up. I didn't like the breeder much so I pretty much shoved the money at him and moved away. According to growth charts, if he was fed properly, then he would be 2 months old as I measured him at 8 inches. I have a feeling that he's older than that but wasn't receiving very good care. Here's some photos of him, oh and he doesn't have a name yet either... and I'm unsure of his morph but he's quite red
Considering neither were really handled, they're both very tame and sweet. Paprika, my Kenyan sand boa, is still reaaaaaally moody with me. Nobody can handle her except Jack! She won't let anybody else near her
ANYWAY! On to the meet! As I'd been really ill, I almost didn't go to the meet on the evening but as it's only once a month and it was the first ever I decided to drag myself there. It was pretty good. Between about 20-30 people turned up so it wasn't too bad and quite a few people bought animals. There were corn snakes, royal pythons, bearded dragons, house snakes, blue tongued skinks (so not THAT out of the ordinary with those, but great nonetheless) and mammal-wise they had a skunk (a gorgeous chocolate one), a Tanuki (Japanese raccoon dog) and a raccoon
I didn't take photos at either event. I know I was 100% not allowed to take any of the show but I didn't want to be rude at the meet either so maybe next time haha. At the next meet I'll be taking my American kestrel, Bandit
So uh yeah, that's it!