2020 Litter – Evita x Jenga

Another litter of babies to announce! On June 23 classic northern Evita had 12 adorable babies, fathered by caramel northern Jenga. This is a first time pairing for these two, so it should be interesting to see what dark Evita and pale Jenga have managed to produce.

These babies are already a week and a half old, so they’ll be getting their ID photos and will be put up for sale on the website soon. This is probably my last litter for the year, as Fluke doesn’t seem to pregnant. Still, I’m pretty happy with all my 2020 babies 🙂

 

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June Pride 2020

Welcome to Pride Month 2020.

Myself and many of my friends and family members are part of the LGBTQ+ community, and supporting other queer folks is important to me. While I have mostly spent this month focused on the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, my sister and I took the opportunity during the Alice-baby photoshoot to get some delightful pride photos.

A portion of each sale this month & next will be donated to LGBTQ+ and BLM causes. If you’re buying from me and have a specific cause you think deserves the donation, let me know. And I know it can be controversial to both be out and to support BLM at the moment, but that’s all the more reason for me to speak up where I can. There are fights worth fighting.

Still with me and want to see what skinks are available? I’ve updated my general list HERE, and I’ve created a page for the 2020 babies HERE. I will be going through and responding to all my emails and messages, so if you’ve written me expect a reply soon.

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2020 Litter – Alice x Drooly

I am happy to announce that on May 28 my long-awaited Alice x Drooly litter was born! Mama Alice had 16 healthy babies, one runt (RIP unfortunately), and one slug. This litter is very exciting for me, as they are unrelated to any of my other skinks, and both parents are very pale/white coloured, unlike many of my darker type skinks.

Today the 16 babies are 2 weeks old and doing great, so they’ve been named and separated into individual bins, and they’ll be ready to go to new homes soon. As they shed I will be taking individual photos to post. These babies will be $500 each, plus shipping.

My other two females are showing some good signs of pregnancy (never a guarantee), but are still likely a few weeks from being born. If they do have babies those will be $400 plus shipping. I also have connections with several other breeders across Canada, so if you’re close to one of them I may suggest you contact them to hopefully avoid a shipping fee.

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Upcoming Litter(s)

I’m going to be posting some older skinks as available shortly, but also wanted to let everyone know that I am hoping for 1-3 litters of northerns to pop in the upcoming months. It’s never a sure thing, but there are good signs so far.

Alice 2020

The first expected litter would be Alice and Drooly. She’s at 111 days post-breeding today, looks like a balloon, and is doing the “preggo-breathing” that mean hopefully there will be babies soon. Fingers are crossed.

This litter has been one I’ve wanted for several years as both Alice and Drooly are very pale northerns, which I don’t have much of in my bloodlines. Any babies in this litter will be $500 + shipping. I will post if/when any pop.

Alice 2020 Drooly 2020

There are two other litters possible as well – Fluke bred with Wasp and Evita bred with Jenga, both on March 4. That means they’re at 69 days today, so still another month or so before babies are likely. If either of them have babies the babies will be $400+shipping. I’ll post about them more as we get closer to possible due dates.

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Website Attack

Hey friends. Long time no see. My website appears to have suffered from a “pharma hack” where it’s used to advertise medications. I’m trying to repair or replace it. My apologies for the inconvenience.

Unfortunately in addition to the website problems, I’ve also lost a couple very loved animals here, and Pooch the boa has been fighting some type of lung infection that’s been fending off all medications so far. Add to that the worldwide Covid issues, and I can say it’s just been a bit of a gong show lately.

There are still animals here available for sale/rehoming, and 3 possible litters of northerns for 2020. Fingers are crossed. Alice could potentially pop anytime now, while Fluke and Evita would still be a couple months out if their pairings took. I will post here if anything happens.

Overall I’m still not back to normal, but trying to keep moving forward.

Feel free to email me at MelanieJPratt@gmail.com and I will try to respond quickly.

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Available & Downsizing

Hey friends,

In an effort to reduce my numbers and be more able to provide the kind of enclosures and care I want for my animals, I’m downsizing my collection. Most of what’s going is higher-humidity species, which don’t seem to be doing well in my home despite my misting system. There are also some stunning 2019 babies looking for new homes.

To see everything that is available please see: Reptiles To Go

If you are interested in any of the animals please email MelanieJPratt@gmail.com

My hope is that this reduction will mean I can make more time for really spoiling the remaining animals and enjoy the hobby again.

(I will also note that while I was offline my website appears to have become infected with something that advertises medicine when I share links. I’m trying to fix this, but please ignore any weirdness you happen to see in the meantime.)

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Closed Until Further Notice

Mel’s Exotics is closing indefinitely. My apologies for the inconvenience.

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Available Page Updated

The Available Page has been updated with the 2018 babies.
AVAILABLE PAGE

EMAILS ONLY PLEASE.
MelanieJPratt@gmail.com

If you are local to Winnipeg or will be at the MRBE and want to arrange a meetup/sale, please include that in your email. I’ll try to get to those emails first.

If you’ll need shipping, you may not receive a reply until next week, sorry. I have to focus on surviving the MRBE first.

If you were interested in an older skink, shoot me an email or wait until I get updated photos of those. I have 2017 Irian Jayas and a Northern, and 2016 Northerns.

One 2018 IJ did not get posted – he’s climbed the walls too much and needs medical care. Eventually he’ll be available to a pet-only home.

As I posted earlier, I’m basically on my last leg energy wise here. If you need things like holds, payment plans, care tips, setup critiques, etc., go ahead and email me, but please be patient while I work on replies.

Thank you everyone.

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Update and MRBE 2018

We’re far overdue for an update, I know. So here goes:

1) I will be taking photos of the available babies tonight. I will post the pictures on the available page tonight. There’s probably about 20 babies that will be available tonight (northern and IJs). Babies are $400 + shipping. I may also post the juvenile skinks if I have time. Juveniles are $500 + shipping. Once they’re up feel free to email me at melaniejpratt@gmail.com. Local/MRBE sales will be answered first since that’s this weekend, then I’ll get to shipping inquiries. Please, emails only.

2) I will be at the Manitoba Reptile Breeders Expo (MRBE) this coming weekend, but I will not have my own table. If you want to chat you can find me working at the Manitoba Herpetocultural Society (MHS) table. I will not have any blue tongues with me unless the sale is arranged beforehand.

3) I will be downsizing some of my collection and likely closing Mel’s Exotics shortly. I’ll still be around the BTS/reptile community, but running a business and dealing with sales is not my thing. If I continue to breed I will likely be looking to work with a resaler/broker, so I won’t be selling directly anymore. I’m just not doing great and I can’t keep up anymore.

I want to say that I think I have the best customers in the world. Everyone has always been wonderful to me, and I appreciate you all more than I can possibly say. Thank you.

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ID Teasers 2

It’s taken twice as long as expected due to personal commitments and an ongoing war with the sun, but the Available Babies list has officially been made. Right now I’m working my way through the pre-sales folks to let them pick out their babies, then the list will be posted publicly and regular sales will start.

Unfortunately due to the sun-war the photos I have now are indoor ones, but should the sun relent and allow for some photos I’ll be adding more. Here’s a selection of some of the indoor ID photos! Again, these aren’t available yet, and not all pictured babies will be.

Thank you everyone for your patience!






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