Professional Herpetoculture for the Pet Trade

Welcome to "The Learning Center"

About "The Learning Center"

"The Learning Center" is our favorite place. We've provided numerous original articles, care sheets for many species, and several useful links to websites containing information for the serious enthusiast and beginner alike.

Knowledge is key and this area will unlock your brain. We'll be adding to it constantly, so look and learn!

Acclimation

Acclimating your new pet properly following shipment can be critical to it's health and well-being. If you are purchasing a reptile, read this!

Genetics 101

Just as the name suggests, this is a quick course covering basic terminology and basic genetic concepts. Includes how basic recessive traits are passed along.

Genetics 201

The next step in understanding genetics involves combining multiple traits into a single specimen. Details how this happens and predicting the resulting offspring.

Genetics 301

Introduces the concept of incomplete dominant genes and their seemingly inexplicable effects on appearance of offspring.

Genetics 401

Discusses advanced genetic concepts such as alleles and loci. Properly understanding these, can explain seemingly mysterious results. Introduces a 'new' form of genetic notation.

Genetics 501

Discusses trait-linkage, sex-linkage with a brief discussion of polygenic versus autosomal and the difficulties in achieving perfection when working with these types.

Genetics 601 - Using What You've Learned

Now that you've learned how genetics works, here is how to put that knowledge to use.

Chromatophores

A brief description of the types of chromatophores present in reptiles and their influence on appearance.

Mutations

A brief description of the types of mutations present in reptiles and their influence on appearance.

Cornsnake Variations

Discussion of the naturally occurring variations in the Cornsnake, along with the currently described subspecies and closely allied species.

Cornsnake Patterns

Discussion of the known pattern mutations present in captive populations of the Cornsnake.

Cornsnake Breeding

A step-by-step illustrated journey through a typical breeding year in the Cornsnake colonies at VMS.

Cornsnake Morphs

A listing of the currently accepted trade names in use for the seemingly innumerable mutations of Cornsnake. Striving to keep it complete, but if you see something I missed - feel free to send me a note!

Ball Python Breeding

A step-by-step illustrated journey through a typical breeding year in the Ball Python colonies at VMS.

Rosy Boa Breeding

A step-by-step illustrated journey through a typical breeding year in the Rosy Boa colonies at VMS.

Sand Boa Breeding

A step-by-step journey through a typical breeding year in the Kenyan Sand Rosy Boa colonies at VMS.

Leopard Gecko Care

An illustrated methodology for the care and maintenance of Leopard Geckos using the methods and materials we've developed at VMS over the last twenty plus years.

Leopard Gecko Breeding

An illustrated methodology for those wishing to breed Leopard Geckos using the methods and materials we've developed at VMS over the last twenty plus years.

Leopard Gecko Morphs

A listing of the currently accepted trade names in use for the seemingly innumerable mutations of Leopard Gecko. Striving to keep it complete, but if you see something I missed - feel free to send me a note!

Hybridization Discussion

A discussion of the effects of hybridization, both positive and negative, in captive populations of reptiles.

Inbreeding Discussion

A discussion of the effects of inbreeding, both positive and negative, in captive populations of reptiles.

Raising Baby Snakes

An illustrated overview of how we raise baby snakes at VMS, focusing on Colubrid species.

Live vs. Frozen Feeder Rodents

A discussion of the pros and cons of utilizing live vs. frozen feeder rodents in your care program.

Help! My Snake's Not Eating!

Tips, techniques and suggestions for restoring the urge to eat in your baby snakes.

Diseases of Reptiles

A basic overview of the various types of diseases which commonly affect captive reptiles. Hopefully, the information presented here will assist the keeper in recognizing, or better yet preventing, most problems.

Useful Links

An assortment of useful links to websites containing sound information. Please don't send requests to have your page listed here, that's not what this is for. We are trying to include scientifically informative sites, not "Joe's Gecko Page". An example would be the EMBL Database, a compendium of all currently described species on the planet....

Care Sheets

A variety of care sheets we've prepared for the various species we have worked with. We've tried to keep them brief, so they would fit on one printed page.