“Every great story seems to begin with a snake”
Lampropeltis floridana – We stock a vast collection of Florida Kingsnake morphs which included every recessive gene available and some line bred phenotypes as well. Floridana has been a long-time favorite of ours with their comical personalities and insatiable appetites. A must-have for every frustrated ball python keeper, where there is no food wasted! Typically ranging from 4-6′ in length, with males averaging 5-6′, this species an excellent mid-sized colubrid that does great in larger, elaborate enclosures and also breeder style rack systems. We work with both the Swampland & New England line bred morphs. The genes in our collection range from Tneg albinos, mosaics & jellies, to Hyper-Erythristic, Hyper-Xanthic & White Cheeks. We repeatedly produce a mix of single-gene and multi-gene combinations every year. Look for the full article on Florida Kingsnakes on our site (coming soon).
Lampropeltis holbrooki – A smaller sized kingsnake that typically averages not much more than 4′ in length, speckled kingsnakes are one of the underrated kings in the “getulus” complex. With their dizzying array of yellows against a black background, these Southeastern kingsnakes look great in any terrarium. Husbandry is very typical of most kingsnakes (RE: Florida Kingsnakes) We are currently working with Acadia Parish, LA locality animals, and albinos.
Pantherophis guttatus – A staple amongst most snake keepers. This semi-arboreal species has been charming enthusiasts for decades and have very quickly become favorite family pets. Their straightforward husbandry requirements, the multitude of color variations, and demure temperaments make them a must-have for every Colubrid aficionado. We are proudly working with our very own “Bloodred” line that sees us producing animals over 3 generations now. A throwback to the old days of deep, dark burgundy animals that are unlike the typical paler diffused gene animal. We also work with combinations of a few other genes that include anerythristic, striped, lavender, sunkissed & scaleless. Look for the full article on Cornsnakes on our site (coming soon)
Pantherophis alleghaniensis – Everglades Ratsnakes are a Florida resident that ranges from bright oranges to yellows and sometimes has bold lateral striping down its body. A very arboreal species that can sometimes get a bad reputation for being a bit more feisty than the other sympatric species, the Cornsnake. Everglades Ratsnakes still make great captives especially when given the opportunity to climb and will utilize all climbing areas. Husbandry is almost identical to the Cornsnake as they are frequently found inhabiting spaces together in the wild. Typically reaching lengths of 5′ and sometimes 6′, these are impressive animals which seem to be ‘smarter’ having adapted to life in the shrub and trees of semi-tropical Florida. Canadian Ophidiophile has always gravitated towards species that offer more in the personality section of their bio. We are proudly working with the hypo, leucistic and scaleless genetic morph varieties currently.
Lampropeltis triangulum annulata – A calm and smaller milksnake species that stay around 4′ or smaller. Mexican milksnakes have been a long time favorite of ours due to their personality and variations in color. White bands that be cream to almost orange, and black bands that can vary in thickness, all make this a fun little species to work with captive breeding. Ranging from Southwest Texas to Northeast Mexico, L. t. annulata are easily kept by the hobbyist in medium-sized terraria that model their semi-arid habitat. A hardy, small and fun species of milksnake that will always have a place in our collection.
Lampropeltis triangulum gaigeae – Hands down our favorite milksnake in our collection. Milksnakes typically have the reputation of being high strung and nervous animals. Black Milksnakes almost always act more confident, especially as adults. A hatchling can sometimes be squirmy but almost never musk or bite while being handled. With an impressive average size of 6′ in length, Black Milksnakes make great pets or terrarium displays. Going through the ontogenic change from hatchlings to adults is equally as fun. Starting out with the typical tricolor bands and gaining melanin (black pigment) progressively after their first year typically. A cooler temperature species, they do still benefit from a basking area in the 84-86F range. Being a highland species, found in the cloud forests of Panama and Costa Rica, adult specimens have been found to be basking in pockets of sunlight and reaching temps of 90+F. Caution is to be used if you want to emulate this in captivity, as they would still require a large temperature gradient where they can still stay cool.
Pituophis deppei jani – Considered to be the most colorful and variable of Pinesnakes, P. d. jani are a sight to behold as an adult. Even though they may be attractive enough as hatchlings their coloration only intensifies with age. Typically found in high elevation deserts and pine forests of Mexico, this species prefers a cooler ambient temperature in captivity with access to proper basking areas. A calm tempered snake that can still reach lengths of 6-7′ as adults. A must-have for any true Ophidiophile!
Pituophis melanoleucus melanoleucus – How could you go wrong with owning a Pinesnake? As long as their larger size can be accommodated, most Pinesnake species are easy and hardy captives that will quickly become a favorite in your collection. Northern Pinesnakes fit that bill to a T. With a contrasting black & white colour scheme, Northern Pinesnakes can reach lengths of 7′. Definitely a candidate for the larger terraria but do just fine being raised in a breeder-style rack system. Their temperaments are typically mild-mannered but once in a while, you do find a moody individual that loves to show off the hissing prowess that the genus is famous for. Three subspecies of P. melanoleucus exist. While they may differ in the range of geography and colour, they all share their common love for sandy ground where they love to use their infamous rostral scale for digging. Ensure that you are able to provide some degree of loose substrate (refrain from flat surfaces like using paper towels). Typically a burrowing species in the wild, providing hides and a few inches of loose substrate will keep your Pinesnake happy. Primarily a rodent feeder, all Pines will readily consume avian prey when offered as well. We are currently working with black & white specimens and also the albino variety. Albino lineage from Ben Seigel (USA).
Ptyas mucosa – A holy grail species for us that we are so proud to have been working with for the last 7 years and have been able to produce captive-bred animals for the hobby. One of the few Colubrid species that have been listed on the CITES appendix (II) for many years and continue to be due to being harvested for their Cobra-like skin. Typically imported as “king cobra food” by wholesalers in the past, this impressive species can reach lengths of over 10′. A more terrestrial species that is always active and takes a variety of food items in captivity, from chicks, frogs & rodents. Being a large and active colubrid, caging of adequate size is paramount to their health. Hatchlings and juveniles may be raised in breeder style rack systems but adults will require a large cage. These animals grow very rapidly in their first couple of years and it’s no surprise to find yourself with a 5-6′ snake in a short time. They are still a very rewarding species that exhibit prowess in their sight hunting skills. Husbandry parameters are not too complicated to achieve in captivity either. We are currently working with a couple of genetic morphs as well. A more detailed article on this species will be found on our website soon (coming soon).
Madagascarophis colubrinus – Hailing from the unique island of Madagascar, this semi-arboreal species took some time to enter the captive breeding program amongst most hobby breeders. Now that they have been established in the hobby, this rear-fanged snake is very reluctant to bite. Bites are comparable to Western Hognose in terms of “cause for concern”. The species has become sought after by many who are seeking that unusual snake. With a varied wild diet of frogs, lizards, birds, and rodents, most captive specimens settle very well into a rodent-only diet. Staying around 4′ or less, captive-bred specimens require very similar care to your North American Cornsnake. One of the hardiest species we work with, from babies to adults. Fresh hatchlings sometimes require a bit more coaxing to get started but once they do, they never look back.