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.


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 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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18/07/23 Quick Update

Hi friends! Super quick update: I’m back in Winnipeg, ID photos are almost complete, and the pre-sale will end in a few days.

I’m still working longer hours this week, but I have more reliable access to internet and will be spending all my free time updating the Available List.

Stay tuned for more photos/updates!

Many thanks,

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ID Teasers 1

So I’ve managed to get ID photos for about half of the skinks here so far, and I figured that means it’s time to post a few just for fun. Unfortunately the weather hasn’t been cooperating for outdoor photos – either it’s way too hot or it’s cloudy. So when I can’t take photos I’m responding to emails and messages. The first few pre-sales are in and things are rolling along here. Enjoy the photos!

DISCLAIMER: The follow are NOT FOR SALE at this time!

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Sales Season 2018

Well it had to start sometime, and with the first few litters of 2018 babies just about ready to go it’s time to start working on 2018 sales.

I will admit that sales is actually my least favourite part of breeding, but I am constantly looking for ways to make it run more smoothly. So here’s the plan for 2018:

There will be baby northern and irian jaya (IJ) skinks this year. There are also some remaining yearling IJs and two-year-old northerns that will be available for sale.

My prices are staying consistent this year. Babies will cost $400. The remaining yearling IJs will be $450. The two-year-old northerns will be $500. All those prices are plus exact shipping, which is approximately $100 across Canada.

Starting today I am taking ID photos of all the babies (and remaining juveniles) here, and as a bonus I’ll be posting some of the ID photos here as teasers while I get the Available List up and running.

I will also be responding to emails and messages starting tomorrow, including those waiting for a reply. I’ll be responding to the newest first, so if you sent a message a while back and I didn’t reply, please consider sending another.

Finally, starting today I am accepting pre-sales – up to 15 for baby northerns and 5 for baby IJs. If you know you want a baby, you’re ready to go, and you have the money ready, you can request a pre-sale, we’ll get the money and shipping info all sorted, and you’ll go on the pre-sale list. Once the available animals are listed you’ll get first pick (in order of pre-sales received) and then you just pick a day and I ship.

(If you would like to do a pre-sale for a yearling or two-year-old instead, let me know and we can work it out.)

Once any pre-sales have picked their babies the remaining animals will be listed on the Available Page and sales will continue as normal.

The hope is that by doing some pre-sales there’s less chaos come posting the Available List, and there’s fewer partial-payments and holds and such for me to keep track of (spoilers, I suck at most things that require a memory so have to write everything down).

At this point the earliest possible shipping date would be July 23, but that may be bumped one more week back depending on how well this all goes. High temperature warnings may also impact shipping at times. Updates and most message responses should be expected in the evenings (sorry guys, I’m working rather long hours at my day job). Please continue to have patience (thank you for all you’ve shown so far!) and if you have any questions shoot me an email at

Many thanks,

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Yankee Doodle IJ

This little yankie-loving spitfire was born here July 4 and was immediately ready to take on the world.
Video credit to Sarah Trakalo

Bonus: If you’ve been wondering about baby sales, check back tomorrow! ME is gearing up for a busy shipping season and the older babies are just about ready to go!

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2018 Babies – Part 1

Hello friends!

You may have caught the subtle (and not-so-subtle) hints in my last update, but let’s make it official – there are babies here at Mel’s Exotics!

So far of the eight or so females who bred, four have dropped litters 😀 And I couldn’t be happier to say that all the babies dropped so far have been the picture of health, and all the mamas are already plumping back up. I’m still watching my other ladies for babies, but here’s what’s dropped so far:

Litter 2018-1: Flambe x Jenga – Northerns – 5 babies born June 03, 2018.

Litter 2018-2: Evita x Penn – Northerns – 11 babies born June 12, 2018.

Litter 2018-3: Tiberius x Alrick – Northerns – 7 babies born June 13, 2018.

Litter 2018-4: Bomber x Wasp – Northerns – 3 babies born June 25, 2018.

At two-to-three weeks old the babies get named, and around four weeks old I can offer them as available. This year the prices will again start at $400 + exact shipping for the babies, with some litters and the yearlings/2-year-olds being more. Litter 1 got their names today and a few may be available as early as next week!

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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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