Vending at the Spring 2022 MRBE

Happy Friday Friends!

This weekend Mel’s Exotics will be vending at the Manitoba Reptile Breeders Expo. If you’re in Manitoba be sure to come check us out at the show!

Today’s video features the pre-show preparations I’ve been doing as a vendor. Enjoy 🙂

https://youtu.be/Su6ZHHQgufo

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Updates and Upcoming Events

Hello friends!

A lot has been happening lately, and there’s a lot more coming up.

What you’re probably wondering about the most is what the status is for breeding blue tongue skinks this year. I’m thrilled to say we had 9 females breed, and they’re looking really promising at this time, so I’m hoping for a bushel of babies any day now. However it could still be a month before they actually pop, so right now it’s just a big waiting game.

Next weekend, June 25 and 26, I will be vending at the Manitoba Reptile Breeders Expo. If you live or around Manitoba, please come check it out and say hi to me at my booth. And I’ll say the MRBE isn’t the only expo I plan to attend this year, so keep an eye out for more updates over the coming months!

Another exciting change is I’ve been working with an artist to do a brand update for Mel’s Exotics. You’ll see changes to the website and all my social medias in the next while, but enjoy this sneak peek of my new logo!

If you didn’t already know, I started a YouTube channel last year. It’s been inspiring me to keep improving myself and the lives of my animals. It’s part animal content and part vlog. I’m trying to upload regularly, so if you ever want to see what I’ve been up to, consider checking it out!
Mel’s Exotics on YouTube

That’s certainly far from everything that we’ve been up to here, but I’ll leave it at that for today. I want to extend my thanks to everyone who has supported and continues to support ME. I’m having so much fun sharing my love of these critters with the world, and I couldn’t do it without all of my supporters, friends and family. Thank you everyone!

Mel

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Part Time Job Opportunity

Part Time Job Opportunity

Mel’s Exotics is looking to hire a responsible individual to help care for my animal collection.

The position entails caring for my collection of reptiles (mostly lizards). Cleaning enclosures, feeding, watering, maintaining records, keeping the basement tidy, noting unusual changes, noting needed supplies, etc. Additional tasks may include handling animals, assisting with medications, setting up new enclosures, etc. Your primary goal is to keep the animals healthy.

Location is on Edison Avenue in Winnipeg, MB.
Hours are 2x/week, for approximately 3-4 hours at a time, paying $75/week.
All training is provided, but individual must be able to do physical labour and carry ~20lbs. There is a lot of cleaning involved in this position.
Eventually I would like you to be able to work unsupervised, but that is not totally required and can be worked towards over time.

Previous reptile experience is a bonus.

Mel’s Exotics is LGBT and mental-illness friendly, and that is expected of our employees as well.

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The 2022 Lineup – Meet the Girls

So far the 2022 breeding season has been very busy here, and we have 9 lovely skink ladies who’ll hopefully give us some incredible babies in the coming months. No one is showing much just yet, but we’re starting to see behaviour changes like eating less and basking more. Keep your fingers crossed that everyone has easy pregnancies and we get lots of adorable babies in May/June/July!

First up is Wocket, the silver tanimbar. Wocket bred to Cash, a wild-type silver tanimbar.

Next up is Clifford, a young Northern lass. She’s in shed right now, but usually has a lovely red tint to her. She bred to Tex, who also has some lovely reds.

Third is Peaches, who is practically glowing after her recent shed. She bred to Alrick, who also has some bright colours to show off.

Fourth is Fluke, one of my original girls, still going strong. Fluke bred to Wasp this year, for a litter of gorgeous dark, speckly classic Northern babies.

Next up is Tiberius, the caramel northern. Tiberius bred to Taz, an incredible caramel northern – I’m so excited to see the babies from these two!

Alice, my largest northern, bred to Drooly. Both skinks are light coloured and their last litter together was incredibly sweet, so here’s hoping for another great litter from these two.

Another skink currently in shed, Araucana the northern bred to Penn this year. Both are dark and speckly – I’m hoping for some very dark and bold babies.

Number eight is Bomber, the oddball classic northern. She was line-bred back to her father, Wasp, in the hopes of seeing if her colour/pattern is genetic. Fingers crossed for healthy babies!

Last, but certainly not least, is my lady Evita. She consistently produces big, healthy litters of classic northerns. She bred to Penn this year, so these classics should be quite dark and speckled!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek at the girls. I’ll get photos of the boys soon as well 🙂 Be well my friends!

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$100 Off Pre-Sale

Hello friends!

2022 is starting off strong here at Mel’s Exotics. We have a great team, the animals are looking great, and breeding season is about to start!

This year is shaping up to be huge for having babies – we have an IJ, a merauke, two tanimbars, and 14 northern gals all waking up now. If all goes well (knock wood) we’ll be swimming in babies soon! In anticipation of a great year ahead, as of today ME is putting on a Pre-Sale!

Save up to $150 on a 2022 Baby Northern Blue Tongue Skink!

If you know you want a 2022 baby northern blue tongue, you can buy it now and get access to all the babies before they go on sale to the general public. And on top of just getting priority access, you save $100 by pre-buying your baby.

((Wait, you said $150? Yes, ME always offers a $50 discount for anyone who joins an online Blue Tongue Group, and we’ve decided these discounts can stack to save you a total of $150.))

Summary:
Normal baby northern price is $400+shipping.
Sale runs until the end of April.
Pay now, get an extra $100 off, and get priority access to the 2022 babies.

Guarantee:
Only northerns are guaranteed because I don’t have a lot of the other subspecies.
If somehow ME doesn’t have enough 2022 babies the babies may come from a breeder friend.
If somehow there are no babies available at all, refunds will be provided.

If you’re interested in this sale, or have any questions at all regarding blue tongue skinks, shoot us an email at Contact@MelsExotics.ca

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Welcome Hex!

Mel’s Exotics is thrilled to welcome a new team member to the crew; welcome Hex!

Hex will be helping ME with our emails, waiting list, and other such tasks. They’ll be my external brain, which will hopefully help the business run a lot smoother for customers.

This does mean that all contact for Mel’s Exotics should now go to contact@melsexotics.ca

Be sure to check back soon to see what the team is cooking up behind the scenes!

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Changes at ME

Hello friends!

It’s been quiet lately, but we’re starting to gear up to a big 2022 season here at ME. There’s a lot to look forward to, especially a boatload of adorable babies that will hopefully be born this spring/summer.

I’m also working on some internal changes – hiring some great folks to help ME out, updating the website, etc.

Videos have been paused because my main computer has died off. This may mean a pre-sale of babies will come up soon, so if you’re hoping for a 2022 baby please check back regularly for more updates!

Talk to you soon!
Mel

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Looking for New Homes

Hello friends! Since I’ve took this year off and have been downsizing I haven’t really had much in the way of available skinks. However there are a few skinks remaining here that are “less than perfect” – smaller than normal, or missing some toes. I’m now trying to find these wonderful skinks the perfect pet-only home, where they can spend their days being spoiled rotten, and their new owners know to watch for any potential issues.

If you think you might be able to provide a great home for one of the skinks, let me know 🙂

Doxie – 2018 Irian Jaya – Missing most toes

Newfie – 2018 Irian Jaya – Missing toes

Rottie – 2018 Irian Jaya – Missing toes, bend in back from climbing

Smudge – 2020 Northern – Runt of the litter

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Answers for the 200% Voucher Offer

Answers for the 200% Voucher Offer
 
I’ve had a few questions so far, so here’s some additional information about the vouchers I’m offering.
 
How does it work?
Whatever donation amount you send now is worth double that amount whenever you next purchase something (for example a 2022 baby northern).
 
How long will the offer go?
Until I either have enough donations to pay for all of the xrays I need (apx $3000), or I finish getting the xrays done (maybe a month?). Whichever comes first I suppose.
 
Are there any animals available now?
Currently no. There are between 6-12 animals that are planned to be available later this year, including some 2020 northerns, some 2019 IJs, and some older northerns. Some are pet-only and have cosmetic issues (missing toes), some are extremely defensive, some will be known-sex breeder quality animals. Prices will range from $100 to over $500 depending on the animal.
 
What will be available in 2022?
Because I didn’t breed this year all of my animals will be breedable next year. I have 8 confirmed females, many of whom consistently produce big healthy litters of adorable northerns for me. I also have a large number of unconfirmed sex animals that will be breeding for the first time in 2022. I feel it is safe to say I will get at least a few litters of northerns, possibly some tanimbars and IJs as well.
 
Is the voucher good for anything except for animals?
There is no guarantee, but there is a plan to get some merchandise made in 2022, including some skink (or other reptile) enrichment items.
 
How can I send a donation?
I set up a GoFundMe, but I also just take typical payment types like PayPal and EMT.
 
Feel free to message me here or email at MelanieJPratt@gmail.com with any questions.
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Save 50% on a Blue Tongue Skink

Are you considering getting a blue tongue skink and want to save some money, or perhaps you’re just willing to donate to an interesting cause? Read on, my friends!

Tl;dr: I’m getting all my skinks radiographed (x-rayed). Donate any amount towards getting my skinks x-rayed, get double that amount towards future purchases, including planned 2022 babies. Email MelanieJPratt@gmail.com if this interests you.

The story: I’m creating a fundraiser to help with the cost of getting a number of my blue tongue skinks radiographed (x-rayed).

I have the opportunity to participate in a small study involving using radiographs to determine the sex of blue tongue skinks. If you’re in the blue tongue community you’re probably aware that contrast radiography is an option (use a special dye that shows up on the x-ray), but only for mature skinks. A radiograph technologist friend has a theory about the pelvic structure of the skinks, but needs a larger sample size of known-sex radiographs to confirm (or disprove) the theory.

If proven, this could potentially allow blue tongue skinks to be sexed at any size/age with a typical x-ray, negating the need for contrast and allowing keepers to sex their skinks far more easily. Some of the initial findings using past x-rays are promising, so I am excited to see where this study leads.

Additionally, I have been wanting to get radiographs done of some of my skinks for my own purposes. I would like to confirm current bone density, see how scoliosis or MBD have effected the skeletal structures of the skinks who have those conditions, and perhaps find out the sex of some of the skinks who are currently unknown.

I have already made arrangements with a local veterinary office (Centennial Animal Hospital), and they have offered me a very reasonable price to get a number of x-rays done of multiple skinks, including standard radiographs, pelvic radiographs, and contrast radiographs. The skinks will be able to go in groups of six for about $400 (taxes included). If you know medical prices you know this is an excellent opportunity, however I have nearly 50 blue tongues that could potentially be radiographed, which would be a significant cost. At a minimum I would like to get at least my 12 known-sex northern blue tongues radiographed to help with the study, but ideally I would like radiographs of all the skinks, including my remaining babies, so we can see how the theory holds up for babies and juveniles as well.

And so I’ve decided to start this fundraiser in an effort to afford these radiographs.

How it works: If you’re considering donating and would like some incentive, I am offering to double your donation towards any Mel’s Exotics purchases. If you donate $10, you get a $20 voucher. Donate $100, get $200. And so on.

The voucher can be used towards any Mel’s Exotics purchase, including holdback-release and 2022 baby blue tongue skinks (and shipping)! If you know you’re going to want a new friend in 2022, here’s the chance to get it at half-price! My babies typically sell for $300-$500 CAD depending on the subspecies and colour type, and if things go according to plan 2022 will have a large number of different litters available (additional information coming soon).

You can contact me ahead of time to get a price+shipping quote if you like, but in general a CBB northern baby shipped to your door within Canada is about $500 usually. Half off that is a huge savings. I am also able to ship to the USA, it just costs more so usually isn’t worthwhile for American customers. Feel free to contact me and we can see what it would cost to send a baby to your location (Canada and USA only, sorry friends). I can be contacted at MelanieJPratt@gmail.com.

I hope you will consider supporting this fundraiser if you are able, or sharing this fundraiser to friends and family who may be interested. Thank you so much for any and all support! I will keep everyone updated on how this radiograph adventure goes.

Many thanks,
Mel

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