Greetings folks, and thanks for visiting our blog! SnakeBuddies is a cooperative venture amongst a couple of friends and I, to inform, educate and perpetuate safety and conservation of our native reptiles. In addition to being good friends with several common interests, we all LOVE snakes. Amongst the three of us we have over half a century worth of field herpetology experience and decades worth of expertise keeping and breeding snakes as a hobby and side business.
Snakes, as a natural resource, are on the decline due to urbanization of habitat, pollution, the unfortunate slaughter by snake-fearing people, the introduction of invasive species and over-collection by the pet trade. Our goal is to help increase awareness of things we can do to make a positive impact and to breed healthy, quality and unique animals to sell to others to help minimize the need to take snakes out of the wild.
We hope to create an environment here, and on our upcoming website, where all people will be able to come and learn something, no matter who you are. Through photos, trip reports, and the sharing of our observations and techniques, we hope to shed light on the fact that snakes have a very unique purpose in our world and that they deserve our respect.
We hope to offer fun, exciting and educational content here that you will find interesting and informative and invite you to reach out to us should you have any questions or concerns about the slithery critters in your backyard or in terrariums in your home.
Here is a photo taken on 07/18/2010. Pictured here is a wild Great Basin Rattlesnake in Utah. The photo serves as a reminder to us all that most snakes fill the important niche of preying on mice and rats, which both carry disease and consume or contaminate millions of dollars worth of grain and food intended for human use. Without these scaly serpents, we would be in a world of hurt.