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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2017 Baby Photospam

Good evening friends! I spent this evening taking a million or so photos of all the baby blue tongues here. I still need to compile the photos properly and make an availability page, plus get photos of the remaining yearlings here, but in the meantime please enjoy these photos.

Note: These babies are NOT available yet, but most will be very soon. If you’ve sent me an email in the past month or two, I will be sending an email back soon as well. If you haven’t yet, feel free to send an email to let me know that you’re interested in purchasing a 2017 baby. But PLEASE DO NOT tell me which one you want or such yet – some may be holdbacks or being traded for new bloodlines – PLEASE WAIT until the available list is officially posted. Thank you very much!

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Houston, We Have Babies!

Babies so far in 2017 (with example photos):

15 Classic Northerns from two unrelated litters!

12 Irian Jayas from two related litters!

There are still a few large girls here, but who knows if they’re actually pregnant or just being fatties. Unfortunately all of my Meraukes slugged out this year, so this year will only be Northerns and Irian Jayas.

The babies are not yet available for sale, but some are ready to go – as they shed I will take ID photos and post them. The above photos are an example from each litter so far; the babies are mostly dull and in shed, but I was testing my new photo setup. All 2017 babies will start at $400 CAD + shipping (approximately $100?), but I’m working on some discounts for members of blue tongue groups and such again (yes, I am bribing you to do research and join BTS communities so you can post pictures – please do!). I will also be working on updating the website – I’m told it’s a bit out of date.

If you are possibly interested in a baby, or have questions, you can send an email to MelanieJPratt@gmail.com – if you sent one more than a month ago, please send again. If you’ve sent messages to other addresses or on Facebook, please send again to the above email.

That’s it for baby information for now. The rest of this post will just be a simplified ME update to cover some of the major things that have happened here in the past year:

In November of 2016 I moved into a new house along with my SO. The best part of this move was that all of my animals that had been living at a rental unit outside the city got to move back in with me. This is fantastic because I have full control over the conditions again (the rental unit got too hot in summer, humidity was uncontrolled, etc) and the animals are thriving. It did trigger a bit of an odd brumation over the winter, especially in my yearlings, but things have settled now. Some pictures of my basement right now:

Sadly, right around the same time I lost my entire fat tail gecko collection. They were living with a family member since the rental unit conditions weren’t safe for them. I’m told the place was broken into and every reptile was stolen right out of their tanks. There has been no sign of anything being sold or moved, and nothing from the police, so I have had to assume they are all dead. This has been a stunningly crushing event; every one of those geckos was a beloved pet and is sorely missed. At the present time I have no plans to get back into fat tails; the pain is simply still too fresh to consider it.

Moving on to the winter happenings: Because the house move coincided with the start of winter, the skinks brumation this year was a bit wonky, and breeding happened far earlier in the year than is normal for me. Overall 11 females bred – 2 Meraukes, 3 Irian Jayas, and 6 Northerns. Of those 3 have slugged out (produced unfertilized ovum, no babies), 4 have produced live babies (see above), 1 had a medical issue (see below), and 3 are still on baby watch. So it’s definitely been a busy but very strange breeding year here.

TRIGGER WARNING: THIS PART INVOLVES DESCRIPTION OF ANIMAL INJURY
This spring one of my Caramel Northern girls gave us the scare of a lifetime when she decided to attack and chew up her own (supposed to be) internal organs. If you scroll down you’ll see my last post in April 2017 promised pictures of the pregnant Northerns – the day after that post I went to take said pictures and found one girls tank coated in fresh blood. She had apparently prolapsed a large amount of her intestines out of her cloaca, then decided the best way to deal with said prolapse was to attack it. Naturally she did this in the evening so all the vets were closed. I created a makeshift bandage out of feminine pads (absorbent and sterile – a useful first aid trick!) and electrical tape to stop her from doing further damage, and the next morning we were off to the vet (their bandage looked a lot more professional, I admit).

The intestines were badly torn up, and the skink required surgery in an attempt to repair the damage and return them to inside of her body. The list of potential complications was long, and her chances weren’t great, but we decided to try (at least I’d be able to sleep at night knowing we did our best). I’ll even add that we don’t actually know what exactly was prolapsed, we just assume it was intestines, and the vet had to cut away a bunch of damaged tissue then make guesses for what holes were supposed to be closed up and which ones should be connected. Basically I think it is absolutely insane that I get to say this: TIBERIUS LIVED! She is currently eating and pooping exactly like normal, and will be leaving her sterile bin to return to her normal tank. I will never again breed her (though we don’t know that it was related, we just don’t want to cause her to push more than is necessary), but I’m ecstatic that she managed to pull through. Dr. Hickling is a genius 🙂
TRIGGER WARNING OVER

Also this spring, I got a new species of blue tongue skink! I saw a post of someone selling a group of 3 Indonesian blue tongue skinks and I jumped on it. Indonesians are a species I tried to get many years ago, but it didn’t work out. This time everything worked out wonderfully and I am happy to say the Beer Brigade (Barley, Hops, and Yeast) have settled in and made an adorable addition to my blue tongue group. Strangely, I had always assumed Indonesians to very similar to Meraukes, and was expecting them to be a similar size. NOPE. Indonesians are tiny compared to all my other skinks – they’re basically the size of my yearling Northerns. It’s adorable.

I think I have some pictures of when they first moved in. Before I post the pictures I will say that these 3 Indonesians lived together before they came to me, and I have decided to keep them together at this time in an attempted breeding group. I never recommend cohabbing to new owners, and it’s not even safe for experienced owners. There is always a risk of injury and death when you keep animals together, and some species of blue tongues are particularly aggressive. Animals can live peacefully for years then suddenly kill each other. Again, while I have decided to keep these animals together, I do not recommend it for anyone else. Even my baby northerns turned on each other this year (did you notice that the one pictured above is missing most of it’s tail? It’s sibling wasn’t so lucky.) And these are by far the most docile northern babies I’ve ever had here, which is the only reason leaving them together was attempted. So please do not look at these Indonesian photos and decide it’s okay to have skinks live together. Just enjoy the cute pictures of these adorable, shiny skinks:



I think that’s all of the major happenings here for now. Thanks for sticking around and supporting ME!

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