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Upon returning to the practice of herpetoculture last fall after a ten year hiatus, I immediately noticed a stronger emphasis on bioactive setups in the mainstream. Though keeping snakes in racks is still the norm in many circumstances, and something that...

A few months back I stumbled across Animals at Home Podcast, and an excellent conversation featuring John Courteney-Smith MRSB of Arcadia Reptile. I was immediately captivated by the soulful quality of the conversation and its content, and soon thereafter subscribed to...

I have often explored observations of snakes on iNaturalist.org as one way of getting a clearer idea of where they occur in their native ranges and what kind of habitats they occupy. Occasionally, observations posted on the site reveal even more. 

In this case, an obs...

In the beginning of August, when the green female sulphureus in my care stopped eating and began spending a higher percentage of her time basking, I began to wonder if she might somehow be gravid.

It seemed unlikely in my mind. Prioritizing her health, I had decid...

This is a piece I originally posted on my personal website (www.royarthurblodgett.com), but given its relevance to the subjects explored on this site, I've chosen to share it here as well. The following is a more personal take than what I typically post here, so be war...

For quarantine enclosures, I utilize large plastic storage containers, modified with ventilation grommets, lighting, and heat panels. I've found that the benefits of such setups are many-fold - they're inexpensive, durable, lightweight, easy to clean, and easy to modif...

There are a few methods which can be employed to determine the sex of puffing snakes, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. I've done my best to describe my experiences and opinions of each herein, as many new keepers find it difficult to accurately sex puf...

I acquired an adult female, field-collected Spilotes sulphureus on February 14th, 2019. She arrived in fair condition in comparison to other freshly imported specimens I've seen, but was still visibly underweight and had several ticks (ectoparasites), which I promptly...

Though not strictly depicting Spilotes sulphureus, I couldn't help but post these scientific illustrations of Spilotes pullatus and Phrynonax poecilonotus. These are from Biologia Centrali-Americana: Reptilia and Batrachia, dated 1902. 
 


This one is a painting attribu...

One of the primary factors I often consider when working with the snakes in my care is security - what helps them to feel safe and comfortable in their environment, and what tangible assurances I can provide to facilitate that for them. Security feels like an especiall...

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