We here at Cold-Blooded Carnival wish to promote and encourage the captive breeding of pythons, boas, and all the beautiful reptiles currently in the trade. With population density decreasing annually it is important to urge away from buying wild caught creatures. We captive breed healthy animals so you can enjoy maintaining and interacting with reptiles without taking them from their natural home.
With every animal we sell we offer a detailed care sheet along with a feed and shed history. If you have absolutely ANY questions about your animal or an animal you are considering we will gladly answer them to the best of our ability.
About Us -
As long as I can remember I have been interested in reptiles. When I was 4 or 5 years old I remember begging my parents for a pet snake. A few years later I got my first Burmese Python! That's right - my first real pet was a female burmese! A couple years later I got a beautiful columbian boa. Little did I know that keeping these snakes as a hobby would later explode into a full blown passion! Two snakes become four. Four snakes became six snakes and some geckos. Six snakes and some geckos become a bunch more snakes, a bunch more geckos, tarantulas, scorpions, and even a small-spotted african genet!
When I was 19 years old I successfully bred my first reptile. She was a big albino burmese python named "Nessi". She gave me 57 eggs and a couple months later beautiful albino babies began to emerge from those eggs. If by that point I wasn't completely hooked on reptiles - seeing those babies hatch did me in. For a while I worked with various morphs of Burmese, Reticulated, Blood, and Short-Tailed pythons and common Boas. They were so much fun to work with! Burmese pythons were always my favorite - a big 14+ foot 100+ pound animal that was tame as can be - a real gentle giant. I loved the big beauties but it got to the point where I just didn't have the room to expand my collection. The amount of room it takes to house one big burmese breeder could easily accommodate 15-30+ animals of a smaller species. Not to mention the fact that a burm can have 60+ eggs and the babies come out of the egg able to eat small adult mice! When you have a handful of breeding burmese, retics, and blood pythons you can quickly become overwhelmed with rather large, hungry babies. As much as I truly loved working with the big guys - I had absolutely no room to add any of the other animals that I wanted to work with. So, I eventually made the decision to let go of all my big pythons (save a few that I just couldn't give up - they are now great family pets!). I fully plan on working with the big guys again one day, but, until I have the necessary space, I'll will stick with some of the small/medium reptiles.
I currently spend a lot of time working with Kenyan Sand Boas, Ball Pythons, Sumatran "Black" Blood Pythons, and various geckos and arachnids. Sand boas are great animals! They are rather unique creatures that spend a lot of time hiding under the sand. Robust little snakes with a gentle disposition and some great color - what more could you want? Ball pythons are great to work with - other then the fact that they are gentle, easy going animals there is a world of color and pattern mutations to work with! And I have always had a soft spot for our eight-legged friends - it seems that I am always adding a new scorpion or tarantula to the collection! I put a lot of time and effort into keeping and breeding the animals I have. I don't think I could ever get tired of watching an animal grow from baby to adult and then have that animal lay eggs or give birth to a whole new generation!
I work with Patrick Nabors at Saurian Enterprises (if you're looking for Poison Dart Frogs then he is the man to go to!) and I usually work his table at the St. Louis Reptile Show. So you can see me there with whatever animals I have for sale! Please, if you're at the show, stop by and say "HI" - I love meeting other enthusiasts and I'm always up for a good conversation about one of my favorite subjects - reptiles!
T. Ross Hyman