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What's New

Happy New Year!

A new year is upon us here in Raleigh, unlike Winter, which is still trying to decide if she wants to show her full face this year. The snakes don't seem to mind the warmer temperatures, of course, but it's certainly not ideal for brumation and breeding. As it turns out, though, this may be for the better, as I've decided not to breed very much this season. There are several reasons for this decision, not the least of which are the recession and the many offspring I'm still holding from last season. Perhaps the biggest and most foresighted reason is that I'm looking forward to my final "classroom" semester of veterinary school before beginning my fourth-year clinical rotations in May 2013. This final year of veterinary school, though perhaps the most fun, is also the busiest. Every two weeks (or "blocks") I will be moved from one part of the hospital to another to work and operate as a veterinarian, seeing, working up and managing my own cases under the supervision of NC State's premiere faculty. Four of those blocks will be spent working with veterinarians from around the country who specialize in seeing and working with reptiles and amphibians. I am sincerely looking forward to this next year of my life -- I have literally dreamt of this since I was a boy -- but I recognize that it will also stretch me thin. With any luck, I will look forward to many more years treating, keeping and breeding reptiles, but for the time being I think it's best to keep my priorities in line and focus on the wonderful collection I have.

Of course, this does not mean I will be out of the game! Waffa House Reptiles is pleased to now offer some custom caging for small arboreal herps and tarantulas. This project was born out of need, and we've been very pleased with our results (pictures to be posted soon). These cages can be made to order on a time-permitting basis, so I hope to continue building and offering these even while most of the breeding is on a short-term hiatus.

Additionally, I have two reptile books due to be published soon. One is complete and now "in press" and the other will be forthcoming within the next few months. Stay tuned!
Welcome to the new site!

I am very pleased to welcome you to the “NEW”
Waffa House Reptiles! Yes, I realize it looks a lot like the old one. Maybe you didn’t even notice it had changed. What you might not see or appreciate though is that it has been completely rebuilt from scratch using entirely new software. My amateur coding trials/tribulations may not mean much to you as a reptile enthusiast, but what you will appreciate is the site editing flexibility I now have, which will allow me to do a lot of neat things I couldn’t easily do before. Things like maintain a more current and visible list of available animals, answer email questions and discuss current events and other herp topics directly on the site, even accept PayPal payments and share content fairly seamlessly with our Facebook page! While site layout and maintenance is an ongoing endeavor that never truly “finishes,” I think we’ve arrived at something we can proudly display and work with for the time being. I sincerely appreciate any constructive feedback as I work to make this site continuously more informative, intuitive, and useful for my customers and visitors. Thanks for coming by, and check back often!
So what is this "LA hypo" you keep hearing about anyway?

Up until a few years ago, there wasn't much interest in hypomelanistic pueblans. They were hot and unusual for awhile, and then sort of lost their luster. When I got my first pair
on a whim in 2008 -- the same year I officially founded WHR -- I couldn't understand why people weren't more enamored. The shockingly muted tones reminded me of
tropical skittles, the same base colors as the "normal" ones, but very obviously different, intriguing, delicious... The red bands become a frosty orange in the hypo phase. The jet black bands become an almost chocolatey brown. I was quickly smitten and began seeking additional stock, and as I began shopping around, it didn't take long before I realized my hypos were MUCH more reduced in pigment than the other hypos on the market. I began sending emails to people I knew selling pueblan milks, but was largely dismissed. "It's the flash," I was told on more than one occasion. I finally had my comeuppance in 2011 when this blog appeared on Kingsnake, all but proving not only the phenotypic difference, but the allelic incompatibility between what ARE in fact two different strains of hypomelanism in the pueblan milk snake. To my knowledge the two strains have not yet been crossed so it remains unknown whether the strains will mask or augment each other, but thanks to this author the double-hets now exist so it's only a short matter of time!

My founder stock comes from a veterinarian in Alabama who purchased his animals from the same source as Bayou Reptiles in Louisiana. I have since added to my collection, taking animals from Dennis Mountain, whose stock also originated from Bayou Reptiles in New Orleans. This is the origin of the term "LA" or "Louisiana" hypo. Check out the 2012 hatchlings freshly listed on the
available page!
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Photo: Jimmy Timtle

Are boids back at Waffa House Reptiles? Stay tuned…!
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