2018 Breeding Season

Happy Thursday!

Today I wanted to make a quick update about how the 2018 breeding season went here at Mel’s Exotics. In short, it went really well and I’m hoping we’re going to have a good variety of northern and irian jaya litters this year 🙂

Breeding season was extra exciting for me because this was the first year I had a large number of both male and female northerns who seemed interested in breeding, so I was able to create some really interesting new pairings instead of repeating past pairings or having one male breed all my girls. In fact we had six female and six male northerns pair – that means we could possible have six exciting and unrelated litters of northerns!

Northern Pairing 1: Fluke x Saute
This pairing bred Jan 21 & Feb 4, but I’d say it’s about 50/50 whether Fluke is actually pregnant or just scamming for extra food again. She hasn’t really changed size (she was still huge from last year’s scamming) and her behaviour is pretty much normal. But this is a pairing I’m really hoping pans out since both Fluke and Saute are very bright and colourful skinks and I think their babies would be screamers.

Northern Pairing 2: Flambe x Jenga
This pairing bred Jan 21, Feb 4, & Feb 7, and while Flambe didn’t seem to change all that much I think it’s pretty safe to say now that the pairing took (hint: read today’s final line). This pairing is exciting because last year Flambe made some really amazing pale yellow babies that grew into huge, speckly monsters (Yokohama and Dorking are from her 2017 litter with Alrick). Jenga is a caramel northern with basically no black or dark pigments, so these babies could look very neat.

Northern Pairing 3: Alice x Drooly
This pairing bred Feb 4, 7, & 8, and while Alice hasn’t changed size (you can’t get much bigger than she usually is), she has become a hormonal terror. I’m taking it as a good sign (but my gf is hoping she pops soon and goes back to being her sweet self). Alice is a huge northern with very pale colours and lots of speckles. Drooly is likewise pale and speckly. I’m hoping these two make some gorgeous babies to rival some of the white northern lines we see down in the US.

Northern Pairing 4: Evita x Penn
This pairing bred Feb 7 & 8, but it wasn’t until a month later I realized Evita was supposed to have 2018 off (she bred in 2016 & 2017, and I like to give them breaks). She’s an amazing breeder and had recovered so quickly after her last litter I didn’t think to check my records for her (my memory is awful so I have to write everything down). Thankfully she took to being pregnant again like a champ and made it through the 2018 season with her usual grace (*cough* yes she did pop already *cough*). Penn is an extremely dark 2y/o I recently brought in from Diana Mason in the USA, so these babies could be amazingly dark. And now Evita definitely gets 2019 off to enjoy life without any pesky men or kids, lol.

Northern Pairing 5: Tiberius x Alrick
This pairing bred Feb 4 & 7, and while these skinks are fairly classic looking northerns (though Tiberius is a caramel northern), I think this is my most insane pairing of 2018. If you recall, last year Tiberius had serious medical issues that required emergency surgery to her guts. Her survival alone was miraculous, and at the time I was pretty certain she would never be a breeder after that. And since her and her brother Taz are all I have left of their mom Trouble, and Taz hates everything including all other skinks, I was pretty bummed. I had actually been trying to find a pet-only home for her for a while now.

And yet after a winter where she was medically cleared (all her insides seemed normal), she came into breeding season. And her behaviour totally changed – aggressive twit into a sweet, receptive lady. So I decided (with medical professional input) to give her the chance to breed. Originally I hoped to use Taz (trying to line breed to get more with Taz’s glow), but again, Taz is a hateful skink, so Alrick was brought in – his colours are a lovely complement to hers. I’ve been watching her grow fat this spring with my heart in my throat. And because no one else deserves to stress out about whether she could safely deliver – she did it!!! There will be more about the babies in another post, but Tiberius and her babies are healthy and there are no words for how relieved and ecstatic I am.

Northern Pairing 6: Bomber x Wasp
This pairing bred Feb 7 & 8, and for the first time in her life Bomber has actually bulked up. This is a pairing I’ve been trying to achieve for years, and the fact that they not only locked but that she seem likely pregnant is incredibly exciting! For some history, Bomber is actually a baby who was born here in 2011 (my first year breeding) to Fluke and Wasp. Bomber was the runt of her litter and looks unlike any of her relatives. She’s always been a smaller than average skink, and I’ve received several offers for her from people who want to see if her size/looks are genetic and can be passed on.

I had originally hoped Bomber was a male – it’s safer for smaller males to breed than smaller females, and a single male can pass his traits on to multiple litters each year. Unfortunately not only is she a she, she has also been completely uninterested in breeding until this year. She’s been paired back to her father in the hopes that he also carries whatever genes make her so unique (this is called line-breeding). If she does have any babies I will likely hold back most/all of the litter for future breeding projects. I have all my fingers and toes crossed for this pairing 😀

For my irian jayas I unfortunately only have one male at the moment, so he bred two females – one completely unrelated new pairing and one repeat of last year.

Irian Jaya Pairing 1: Izuru x Musashi
This pairing bred Jan 21 & Feb 4, and as of today Izuru looks insanely huge. She’s definitely got something brewing in there, and I’m hoping it’s a big healthy litter of babies. I have had Izuru for many, many years, but she has only ever bred once before and she only produced a single single baby at the time. We’ve tried her again many times, but every other year she’s had no interest in any male. Here’s to hoping 2018 is her year to shine 😀

Irian Jaya Pairing 2: Toriyama x Musashi
This pairing bred later than everyone else, on Mar 11, and I’m cautiously optimistic that Tori is pregnant – she hasn’t grown much but she is acting like a preggo. This is a pairing I did last year and they produced 7 beautiful babies in 2017. This isn’t an ideal pairing in my mind as Tori and Mushi are siblings, and since Mushi is the father to all my IJ litters in 2017 and 2018 all the babies are related. They are still gorgeous, healthy animals, they just aren’t as genetically diverse as I would prefer. One of my big goals for 2018 is to find some unrelated bloodlines of irian jayas to diversify my bloodlines.

There are a few other skinks here who could possibly produce this year, but it’s unlikely I will have merauke, tanimbar, or indonesian BTS babies in 2018. The above are my most likely litters.

And I’m happy to say a few are so likely there’s already some tiny new faces here 😀 But that’s a post for another day, my friends (soon, I promise!).

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2018 Spring Photoshoot

Hello friends!

The long cold has broken and spring is here! (Yes, it’s still spring for a few more days). I’m sorry for the big gap in posts, but I do still exist and I am still breeding blue tongue skinks.

I’ll post more about the 2018 breeding season shortly, but for now I wanted to share some photos of the 2017 and 2016 animals living here at ME. Some of these are my personal purchases/holdbacks, and some will be available for sale (I will work on updating the Available Page ASAP). For now please enjoy the photos (click for full size) and stay tuned for more updates and posts in the coming days.

Many thanks,
Mel

Araucana

Callus

Diddy

Dorking

Goku

Macaque

Manok

Mojo Jojo

Pocono

Pule

Pullum

Rhesus

Rolloway

Tatara

Tex

Yokohama

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A New Bloodsucker

Happy Wednesday friends,

I just wanted to give a quick update here and introduce one of the new faces here at ME.

Update: I am, as of this moment, caught up on all my emails and the available page is up to date. I’m sure my nice clean inbox won’t last long, but it’s a nice feeling for the moment. If you have emailed me and I didn’t reply please email me again, as I did not receive it.

And now, introducing:

Leech!

Unfortunately I only have terrible basement photos of him right now, but I still wanted to share. This is Leech, my new Blood Python. I have wanted a blood for a while now, and when Leech came available (as a tame adult male) I jumped at the chance. He arrived last month (pictures of him in the tank) but was in shed, and then he had to eat and digest, so Monday was the first day I got to take him out for some handling. We’re still getting to know each other of course, but he enjoyed some time checking out my basement, and I enjoyed snapping some pictures of him. I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoy having him here 🙂






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2016 Blue Tongue Photoshoot

As promised, today’s photoshoot was for the yearling blue tongues living here. Again, some are available (see the available page), some are my personal holdbacks, and one is a a new animal to join my breeding group.

Tomorrow I may post some of the new, non-blue-tongue additions that have joined the ME family recently.

Mel

Diddy

Goku

Mojo Jojo

Tatara

Howler

Macaque

Rhesus

Rolloway

Penny

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2017 Blue Tongue Photoshoot

Good evening friends,

After a bout of illness and a week long work trip, I’m back with some new baby skink photos. I took photos of every 2017 blue tongue living here – some are available (see the available page), some are on hold, and some are my personal holdbacks/pickups. Tomorrow I will be taking pictures of the yearlings as well.

I will be answering emails tonight and tomorrow morning. To be honest I think most skinks are probably spoken for at this point, but I will try to update the available page tomorrow. I will also note that I have 2-3 more work trips happening in the next month, so updates and responses may continue to be sporadic. I apologize in advance. If I haven’t replied in a couple of days, feel free to send another email.

Many thanks,
Mel

Cearc

Hoender

Calis

Manok

Pullum

Pule

Araucana

Plymouth

Dorking

Yokohama

Pocono

Tex

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Visit ME at the MRBE

Hi friends!

This weekend Mel’s Exotics will be vending at the Manitoba Reptile Breeders Expo!

MRBE 2017

If you’re in the area be sure to come visit us at the Sunova centre just outside of Winnipeg. The remaining babies and yearlings will be available at our table, with a bonus discount available during the early morning VIP entrance.

And be sure to check back after the weekend to see what new animals have come to join the collection here at ME 🙂

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More Babies for Sale from Justin T

Hi friends!

As you see on my Available Page, I’m running low on Northern blue tongue skink babies (still have some Irian Jayas left). But there is good news for those who have their heart set on a Northern; another Canadian breeder has a few beautiful babies up for sale and is able to ship in Canada! See below for some of Justin Tricoci’s skink photos and contact him at justintricoci@gmail.com.

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Responding to Emails

Hey guys,

Just wanted to say that I’m currently working on responding to all the emails I’ve been getting (I apologize for the delay for some of you – I went out of town and then got a bit of a head cold).

I hope to have them all replied to by the end of the day. If you haven’t received a reply by the end of today, or if you believe you need an urgent reply, feel free to send another email. Make sure it is to MelanieJPratt@gmail.com.

I’m also trying to keep the Available Page updated as I go.

Many thanks,
Mel

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Available Page Updated

There are now babies and yearlings available for purchase!

Check out the Available Page to see what’s available – I will try to keep it updated as babies are purchased – and how much each baby will cost.

There are an additional dozen babies that are not listed as available yet as I work out trades and pick holdbacks, so at least a few more will be added to the available page in the future.

Local pickup is available in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Otherwise shipping is available across Canada with Reptile Express (usually costs around $100). And for the first time ever I will be exporting some animals to the USA on August 15. It’s an exciting new adventure for ME 🙂

If you’re looking to purchase an animal don’t forget to read the information I provided on the Available Page and check the Purchasing from ME, Pricing and Discounts, Terms of Sale, and Shipping pages.

Once you’ve looked at the animals and read all the information about them, contact me at MelanieJPratt@gmail.com.

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Photos of the 2016 Yearlings

I took photos of my yearlings (born 2016) today. These guys were not made available last year and ended up brumating for over 4 months after the move to the new house in fall. They’re awake now, eating well (they’re always happy to clean up the extras from the new baby meals), and aside from needing a manicure they should be good to go. These litters are fairly special, and as such will mostly only be made available to select groups for breeding.

Again, there are no babies available just yet. Thankfully, these were the last photos I needed to take, so I will be updating their availability ASAP. For now, please enjoy the pictures.

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