Herpetoculture

Herpetoculture is the captive husbandry and propagation of amphibians and reptiles

Over 2% of the population of the United States keeps some sort of captive reptile or amphibian as a pet.  Our herpetoculture activities revolve around the selective propagation of captive reptiles to provide quality offspring for sale in the reptile hobby and pet markets. This captive production of quality reptiles is intended to reduce pressures on wild populations of the animals.

Our Reptile Collection

At Hill Herpetology, we currently keep several species of snakes and lizards as part of our herpetoculture activities. Our main focus at this time is smaller colubrids such as king snakes and milksnakes, but we do keep a few “odds and ends”. Below is a brief summary of the reptiles in our collection. If you are interested in finding out what reptiles we currently have available for sale, you can check out our shop to see if we have anything listed or contact me via email.

Tarahumara Mountain Kingsnake Female.

Tarahumara Mountain Kingsnake (2009 Type II Female)

Tarahumara Mountain King Snakes

Tarahumara Mountain King Snakes (Lampropeltis pyromelana knoblocki) are the largest of the mountain kingsnakes species and can reach a length of up to 52 inches. From our perspective, these king snakes have some of the most interesting colors and patterns. Based on the color and pattern types established by one of the originators of these snakes in captivity, there are various types of Tarahumara Mountain King snakes are present in the reptile market.  I am working with a group consisting of Type II, Megaband, granite sided and striped breeding stock.

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2008 Female Arizona Mountain Kingsnake

Arizona Mountain Kingsnake (2008 female)

Arizona Mountain King Snakes

Arizona Mountain King Snakes (Lampropeltis pyromelana pyromelana) are probably the most commonly available mountain king snake. These snakes typically reach lengths around 3 foot long. Of the mountain kingsnakes, “Pyros” come in a variety of color morphs such as albino, hypomelenistic and Applegate Specials. Some breeders also tend to focus on select localities of pyros. My collection consists of generic pyros with no distinct locality lineage.

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greybanded kingsnake

Greybanded Kingsnake (2014 W. Langtry Local Female)

Grey-banded King Snakes

Grey-banded King Snakes (Lampropeltis alterna) are a highly variable species of king snake with one thing in common throughout the varieties…grey. Grey banded kingsnakes are usually divided into two classes: Blair Phase and Alterna Phase. Blair Phase is noticeable by orange bands while alterna phase tends to lack orange in large quantities. Each phase can also be broken down into dark and light types. Greybands are commonly kept on a detailed locality basis. My breeding group consists of dark Blair phase snakes from the West Langtry local.

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2013 Male Red Milksnake

Red Milksnake (2013 Male, Jefferson Co. Local)

Red Milk Snakes

Red Milk Snakes (Lampropeltis triangulum syspila) are beautiful tiny snakes. These small snakes rarely exceed two feet and length, but can be a joy to look at and observe. Although they can be somewhat secretive, I have always found that red milk snakes are a friendly and docile species that handle captivity well. I only have a pair of these little guys. These two descend from the Lake Perry locality in Jefferson County, Kansas.

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