Here we are in the first month of 2013. I have been remiss in my blogging, as some of you may have noticed. I will try to be more timely this year. Hmmm, we'll see.
The weather has been crazy here in January. Overall, it has been a very mild month. 70 degrees one day and snow a few days later. We are about to go into a week long cold snap. I can't imagine how this affects the frogs, between temperature and pressure changes. Also, it will not be possible to ship frogs for at least a week and it is holding up a delivery of pumilio pairs.
I have taken the last week to do more updating in the frog room. Since we currently have four species of pumilios and are expecting one more species soon, I am switching out from ten gallon verticals to twenty gallon verticals. It should promote more breeding. Although, it seems funny to me that in at least two in their taller vivs, all of the frogs are staying in the bottom leaf litter.
Breeding has been slow lately, so we have "spruced up" the vivs with new sphagnum moss, magnolia leaves and cork bark. Also, we have changed up the misting patterns, going from once in the morning only, for a month and then to three times a day. This should hopefully stimulate some breeding.
Speaking of breeding, I am very pleased to tell you that our red trivitattatus pair has laid a new clutch of eggs. It is a moderate sized clutch for them and the eggs look a bit larger than the last few times. If any of you have been following our red triv saga, you know that we have been quite unsuccessfull at taking them beyond the early froglet stage. Of three large clutches, only two frogs have survived. They are healthy and growing, but have more yellow than red coloring.
I have decided to try a different approach with this batch. I will not take the eggs out of the viv this time and will let the parents tend to them and take the tads to the water feature. Since there is virtually no information anywhere on rasing this species, it is all trial and error. I have learned a lot, but still have much more to learn.
We are currently looking for more breeder stock. Red galacts, yellow galacts, reticulatis, super blue auratus, mint terribilis, orange terribilis and captive bred cobalts are among the proven pairs and sexed adults we are seeking. Please let us know if you have any of these available for sale.
We look forward to seeing all of our old friends, potential new friends and hobbyists at the reptile shows this year. We will be at most of the Repticon shows in the Carolinas this year. Our show schedule will always be posted on the home page here.
That's it for now.
It's the last week of 2010 and a few days before Christmas. It's the end of our first year in business. It's been an up and down year for us. Because of the sluggish economy, people have not spent as much money on animals. this has been especially evident at the reptile shows we have attended. No matter what the vendors were selling, all complained of slow sales. Hopefully, with consumer confidence up and a slowly improving economy, things will pick up for all of the reptile and amphibian dealers.
We are taking this time to re-evaluate our business, take stock and do some overdue maintenance. We have sold off several breeds of dart frogs and have added some new ones. We're looking forward to some Bicolors and some Citronellas maturing and hopefully producing some pairs. Several species have been calling regularly, but have not produced offspring yet. Perhaps we'll play some Marvin Gay music for them.
So, we look forward to doing business with you and hope to see you at the shows in 2011. we'll be at Repticon Charlotte next, January 8 & 9. Happy Holidays and here's to a great new year.
Well, the Carolina Reptile and Exotic Animal Show in Raleigh was a success this past weekend. Crowds were steady, both Saturday and Sunday.
The most apparent thing I observed, was that most people coming to the show were there to buy snakes. There were many snake vendors on hand. There were snakes of every size, color and variety. But, there were no venemous snakes, since North Carolina does not allow their sale. For those who must have venemous snakes, they will be available at the Repticon show in Columbia, South Carolina in November.
There were also many lizards of every variety. There were also tarantulas and scorpions. I must admit, I don't see their appeal, but to each his own.
There were vendors selling dry goods and other pets such as, birds, cats, pot belly pigs and a few miscellaneous creatures.
There was only one other Dart Frog vendor at the show. They have been selling there for quite a few years, and so had a loyal following. I was the new kid on the block and appreciated their advice.
I made new friends, learned a great deal and made some new business connections. I met the reptile curator for the Greensboro Natural Sdience Center. They have a few Dart Frogs currently, and I will likely be adding to their collection and trying to assist with their attempts at breeding.
I was also lucky enough to add to my collection. I now have Green Trivitattus and Pumilio Solarte Dart Frogs. I look forward to breeding them.
If you have never been to a reptile and amphibian show, I highly recommend it. There is something to interest everyone. I hope to meet you at the next show in Charlotte, NC in October. Stay tuned for more details.