Monday, December 5, 2011

Canadian Breeders Expo 2011

So once every September Southern Ontario (Missassauga) is home to Canada's largest exotic pet expo. We have breeder in from coast to coast, and a few from the states.

First thing was first, a visit to the guest speakers area. Brian of BHB Enterprises (more likely more well known from Snakebytes TV) was speaking. Whilst there was no BHB table this year, Brian still came up to do a speakers segment as well as film an episode of snakebytes.

After watching what was a highly informative (I think at least - being 3 months ago, and on a horrible hangover, my memory hasn't withheld) speech, it was on to the tables.

The first notable table was J&J reptiles of Alberta. Which some incredible monitors, green and blue tree monitores, peach and black throats, goulds, and more. I hope to own one of these incredible animals one day with more time and space on my hands (and cash at a 1500$ price tag).

Other tables had the usual culprits, bearded dragons, geckos, ball pythons, etc.

We passed by the always well stocked Port Credit Pets display.

First thing to catch my eye was the rare carpondro - a mix species of carpet python and Green Tree Python. 650$ somehow felt cheap to me, seeing as PCP sells regular GTPs for 700$. However with there lack of success in breeding I suppose it makes sense.

The rest of the display was fairly usual, agamids, chameleons, pythons, boas, frogs, tortoises.

They did have some remarkable Emerald Tree Boa's however.

There was a small (I use the term relatively) section of large Retics.

There was a seemingly random (I failed to inquire, or really pay attention to the signs) table of parrots and a flamingo.

Reptilia was there with a large display of there zoo animals including;

and tortoise and iguana,

Savanah Monitor

2 burms,

a tarantula,

green mamba,

water monitor,



several venomous snakes I don't recognize,


what I believe to be a copperhead

The following are random animals from random tables.

A particularly attractive uromastrix



a very expensive spider ball python

More from J&J, Green Tree Monitor

and a Goulds

All in all a good expo, look forward to seeing more from J&J and there fantastic monitors. I hope one day soon I am in a position to make a purchase with them!

Boa Constrictor & Carpet Python & More!

So its been ages since I last posted, and my collection has increased. On top of take care temporarily of 4 of my friends ball pythons, attempting to breed killer bee ball pythons (super pastel to spider), I have purchased a Pastel Boa Constrictor, and a Jungle Jag Sibling Carpet Python. The boa is roughly 6 feet, and the carpet python is currently an infant.

My Carpet Python

My Boa

My Spider

My Friends Super Pastel

While only ever having worked with ball pythons and corn snakes before I must say it has been an absolute blast to have exposure with these two new wonderful species. So far I have found the Boa to be a very docile, easily handled animal, eats without hesitation. As for the carpet python, well, I find her fascinating. Very active snake, likes to perch on the deer antlers I've provided her with. Eats like a monster. The only thing I could complain about would be she is fairly nippy. I have been bitten several times. Although I can see noticeable adjustments in her attitude as she grows. And since she is still small, her bites are painless. One of the more rewarding qualities to this species I have found so far is to watch as the yellow develops more and more with each shed.

On another note, I am debating getting back into lizards. Currently a toss up between crested geckos, or leaf tailed geckos. Whilst one day I would love to own a water/tree monitor, or possibly an iguana once again, I regretably do not currently posses the time or space required for such animals.

Next time, pictures from the September 2011 Canadian National Breeders Expo