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!
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!
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.
The next step in understanding genetics involves combining multiple traits into a single specimen. Details how this happens and predicting the resulting offspring.
Introduces the concept of incomplete dominant genes and their seemingly inexplicable effects on appearance of offspring.
Discusses advanced genetic concepts such as alleles and loci. Properly understanding these, can explain seemingly mysterious results. Introduces a 'new' form of genetic notation.
Discusses trait-linkage, sex-linkage with a brief discussion of polygenic versus autosomal and the difficulties in achieving perfection when working with these types.
Now that you've learned how genetics works, here is how to put that knowledge to use.
A brief description of the types of chromatophores present in reptiles and their influence on appearance.
A brief description of the types of mutations present in reptiles and their influence on appearance.
Discussion of the naturally occurring variations in the Cornsnake, along with the currently described subspecies and closely allied species.
Discussion of the known pattern mutations present in captive populations of the Cornsnake.
A step-by-step illustrated journey through a typical breeding year in the Cornsnake colonies at VMS.
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!
A step-by-step illustrated journey through a typical breeding year in the Ball Python colonies at VMS.
A step-by-step illustrated journey through a typical breeding year in the Rosy Boa colonies at VMS.
A step-by-step journey through a typical breeding year in the Kenyan Sand Rosy Boa colonies at VMS.
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.
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.
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!
A discussion of the effects of hybridization, both positive and negative, in captive populations of reptiles.
A discussion of the effects of inbreeding, both positive and negative, in captive populations of reptiles.
An illustrated overview of how we raise baby snakes at VMS, focusing on Colubrid species.
A discussion of the pros and cons of utilizing live vs. frozen feeder rodents in your care program.
Tips, techniques and suggestions for restoring the urge to eat in your baby snakes.
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.
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....
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.