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Show notes from " Do you need a website?"

by Eric Burke on 02/14/17

In this episode Owen and I talked about our thoughts on having a website to promote yourself in the reptile hobby/business.

We spoke about the website hosting companies that we use. It is super easy to set one up and it's pretty affordable, depending on the features that you want.

Here are a few of the websites that we talked about on the show.
This is Ralph Davis Reptiles and will give you an idea of the breeding page.
Mark Mandic of Marcus Jayne Reptiles will show you the how to breed idea.

Hopefully this will give you some ideas. 

We also spoke about the pros of just using a Facebook page during the show. It's very simple to setup once you have a Facebook account.

Don't forget to vote for us for Radio show of the year. Let's bring it home again for the Morelia community and also give Carpet Python discussion board some love as well. Follow this link  and scroll down to the radio show of the year category and click vote now. A bunch of shows will come up go and pick MPR and that's that.
Thanks for your support.

Next week David Means joins us for some scrub talk.


Show notes from Herping Australia with Nick Mutton and Chris Salemi

by Eric Burke on 02/09/17

In this episode we spoke to Nick Mutton and Chris Salemi about about their recent trip to Australia.  They flew into Cairns, Australia and traveled all the way upward to the Great Barrier Reef.

A dream trip for most of us, but as Nick said on the show, this is something that everyone one should do at least one time. Chris said that when in their environment you have a different appreciation of just how tough these animals are. During the show they discussed various species that they found on the way.
For MPR listeners the coolest find was a jungle carpet they found in the Julatten area. This snake was so different from what we call a jungle carpet in captivity.  This is a subject that came up during the show. Morphs have become such a driving force in the reptile hobby that sometimes we lose focus of the natural beauty of wild type reptiles.  Although, selective breeding takes a great deal longer to come to fruition, the end results are outstanding.

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They found a lot of python species along the way.
Blackheaded python.
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Check out this green tree python that they found in the ambush position. The behavior of coming down to the bottom of the trees waiting for something to come along on the forest floor. The other thing that the guys noted was how heavily parasitized this one was.
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They also found the Pygmy spotted python. 
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A few shots of a scrub python that they found.
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During the show they mentioned seeing a large Saltwater croc off in the distance of the lake that they were cooling off in.
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This is the car they traveled in and slept in.
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All in all it was the trip of a lifetime and if you have the chance it's something that everyone that is into these reptiles should do.
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Show notes from Episode #290-Steven Katz talks about mite prevention and his breeding season.

by Eric Burke on 01/17/17

In this episode, Steve shared with us his approach to mite prevention and how he came about this approach to preventing and eradicating mites.

You an watch his YouTube video here.

This is a link to the product we talked about on the show.
This is Steve's Facebook page. Follow him to keep up to date with some of the awesome projects he has going on this season.

We still have a limited amount of MPR 2017 Calendars.
Paypal me @ burkephila@gmail.com
$15 in the US
$20 outside the US.
Please include where you want the calender shipped to.

Thanks for listening to the show.

Show notes for Episode # 289 Bredli with Casey Cannon

by Eric Burke on 01/10/17

In this episode we hit on a lot of info for relating to Morelia bredli.


Casey shared some pics of the natural environment.

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The Best of 2016 Reptile Report Awards.

by Eric Burke on 01/10/17

Hey everyone. If you dig what we do @ Morelia python radio, then please take a second and show us some love over on the reptile report and give us a mention for a nomination for Radio Show of the Year. 
Thanks for the support.
Eric and Owen.

Show notes from "We're back! Breeding carpets, Northeast Carpet fest and much more

by Eric Burke on 01/03/17

I wanted to have a place where the listeners can go to every week to check out some of the things we talk about during the show. 


Howard Redding came on and was discussing the MCBT Croc Aid event. 
Which is a relief event at the Ashton Biological Reserve to benefit the Madras Crocodile Bank and Trust and Centre for Herpetology and aid in their recovery and reconstruction following the recent severe cyclone which has struck Chennai.
Saturday, January 14 at 6 PM - 9 PM
This event will be a wine tasting event featuring appetizers and light entertainment along with animal ambassador encounters
And special guests!
Guests are asked to make a minimum donation of $25. and to contribute a bottle of wine or other fine spirits.
Students with an ID are asked to make a minimum donation of $10. dollars.
All proceeds of this event will be sent to the Madras Crocodile Bank and Trust for their recovery and reconstruction.
Guests may arrange to arrive at 3:30-4:00 if they would like to participate in a tour of the Ashton Biological Reserve.

22215 SW 119th Avenue
Archer, FL

Next up. 
The 6th Annual Northeast Carpet fest will take place on 6/3/17 in Warminster, Pa. 
For information please follow our Facebook page 
or our group page, Northeast carpet fest.
This is an awesome event that you will not want to miss.

Equipment links

Show links


2017 MPR calendars are still available.
Get one now before they are all gone.
They are $15 shipped within the US. 
If you live outside of the US send me an email @ info@moreliapythonradio.com and I'll let you know if the shipping cost.

Payment info:
PayPal me at burkephila@gmail.com
Please include your shipping address.

Thank you for listening and if you want to contact us
info@moreliapythonradio.com



2017 Calendars are available for sale!

by Eric Burke on 01/02/17

Get one now before they are all gone.
They are $15 shipped within the US. 
If you live outside of the US send me an email @ info@moreliapythonradio.com and I'll let you know if the shipping cost.

Payment info:
PayPal me at burkephila@gmail.com
Please include your shipping address.

2017 Calendar contest winners!

by Eric Burke on 01/02/17

To start 2017 off right, here are the 2017 MPR calendar contest winners.
First, lets look at the winner of Morelia of the Year. 
Bill Stegall's "The Sickness"

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Here are the rest of the winners.

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Show notes from episode # 268 Selling snakes, carpet python talk and the 2017 Calendar contest.

by Eric Burke on 10/11/16

Calendar contest
It's that time of year again and even though we are a little late this year, the 2017 calendar contest is underway.
We are looking for the best quality photos of the best morelia that you have.
We are taking submissions from around the world.
We want only high quality photos, no crappy pics, please.
We are keeping the new category, Morelia etc.  We wanted to give our listeners a chance to show off some of the other reptiles that they keep.
We have moved it under one thread to make it easier to judge so please be sure to include the following when you post up your pics. 
  • What category are you entering the animal in.
  • A small comment about the animal.
Follow the link to post up your pics. 


Rules
  • All entries must be your pic of a snake that you own. 
  • All entries must be calendar quality pics. No tub shots. Think top notch quality.
  • All entries must be a minimum 225 dpi.
  • Submissions are open until 11/01/16 @ 12am, EST.

Prizes
1st place
This is the best of the best. Out of the 12 that are chosen we will pick one to be the MPR Morelia of the year.
You will also get to return as the guest judge for the 2018 MPR calendar contest.


Monthly winners
If your pic is chosen you will receive a free MPR calendar.
All pics will be put up on Moreliapytonradio.com banner
Thanks for your submission and good luck.

The categories are-
1. Irian Jaya
2. Darwins
3. Jungles
4. Coastals
5. Diamonds
6. Inlands
7. Bredli
8. Boelens
9. Chondro
10. Rough scaled python
11. Morph
12. Morelia etc...


Dan Mulleary from DM exotics joins us for some scrub python talk.

by Eric Burke on 09/02/16

In the next episode of MPR, Dan Mulleary from DM exotics joins us. 

We will be speaking about all of the cool species that Dan works with, including scrub pythons and white lipped pythons. 

We will also talk about Dan's many trips to the Indonesian farms and the future of DM Exotics.

You can check Dan out the website and YouTube. Follow the links down below.

Reptile reality 

http://www.youtube.com/playlist…

DM Exotics 

http://www.dmexotics.com/

Date : 9/6/16

Time: 9 pm EST

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Upcoming shows!

by Eric Burke on 08/15/16

We have some awesome shows lined up in the upcoming weeks. Taking us to our 5 year anniversary. 
8/16- Nick Mutton- 
9/6- Dan Mulleary from DM Exotics taling scrubs and Whitelips.
9/13- Matt Turner talking bloods and stp's
9/20- Joshua Ortiz talking retics
9/27- Matt Minetola from Philly Herp talking Bloods and Stp's
10/4- 5 year anniversary show
10/18- Post Tinely park show.

Keith McPeek is back on the next episode of MPR.

by Eric Burke on 08/09/16

 Keith McPeek is back for another episode of MPR. This is one you won't want to miss. Keith will be talking about how his view of the hobby and how it is changed for him through his years of keeping and breeding reptiles.  Keith is one of the most impressive people that I have come across in the reptile hobby. He always has a well thought out approach to how he keeps and breeds his animals. He is one of the guys that really trys to figure out how the car engine runs as opposed to just looking at the paint job.  

2016 Northwest Carpetfest official announcement.

by Eric Burke on 07/24/16

This year’s Northwest Carpetfest will be held on Saturday, September 10th at Doug Taylor’s place north of Seattle. Stay tuned for further updates as we get closer (Facebook is the best way to reach us, on the NWCF (the new page), or PM Aimee Kenoyer).
Also, I know it's early, but if you think you may have an appropriate auction donation item, please let me know via PM and we can discuss it. We made just under $800 last year for USARK, and it would be great to do even better this year!
Please note again, NO live animals will be accepted as donations, but store credit is perfectly fine. All proceeds will go directly to USARK. Aimee Kenoyer will be coordinating the 2015 event, along with our gracious host Doug Taylor. If you have any questions, ideas, or suggestions to make the event even better, please let us know.  
As usual, we’ll have a potluck & BYOB, with some tasty things available but more variety is always welcome!

One more thing…we have an exciting new logo this year, designed by the fabulous Laine Garrett! We’ll shortly be posting links to apparel and swag, with all a small percentage of the profit going to our artist and the rest to USARK.

2016 Southern Carpet Fest.

by Eric Burke on 05/02/16

Another southern carpet fest has come to a close. It was a great time, with great food and most importantly, great people and that really is what carpet fest is all about. When we had the first NE carpet fest in 2012, we had no idea that it would bloom into different chapters all over the US.
We traveled all the way from Philadelphia down to Dallas, Texas.
A huge thanks goes out to Bill Stegall for hosting the event. 
Evan Browder for putting it together and Austin Warrick for the awesome shirt design. 

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I think the biggest take away from an event like this is meeting the people of the reptile community. Some are new and some are old, but the community is one of the most important parts of our hobby.
I was able to have in depth conversations with multiple people and really get to know them on a different level. 

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And no carpet fest is complete without a tour of the reptile room. Bill has some amazing snakes.
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Rough scales were a favorite!
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The carpandro's and Owen didn't see eye to eye. I think he would have rather have been bit.

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If your someone that is into reptiles and have thought about going to events like this, it really is worth the trip. The relationships you make are priceless. 

The 2016 North East Carpet fest T-shirt booster is live!

by Eric Burke on 04/12/16

As with every year we are selling NE Carpet fest T-shirts in order to raise money for USARK in their continued fight to stop legislation restricting the ownership of certain boas, pythons and other reptiles in the U.S.  That is why MPR has chosen them once again to be the recipients of the funds raised by both t shirt sales and auction this year. So everyone grab a really cool shirt show love and support for both MPR and USARK.

https://www.booster.com/necarpetfest2016


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4 years of doing Morelia Python Radio.

by Eric Burke on 10/05/15

As Morelia Python Radio gets ready to celebrate it's 4 year on the air, Owen James McIntyre and I just want to give a big thanks to the breeders and keepers that have come on the show and shared their passions for the greatest pythons around......
MORELIA!!! Can I get an amen..can i get a hell yeah!
We also want to shout out the fans. All of you is why we do it. We have always taken the role of 2 guys talking to some of the best morelia keepers and breeders in the world(and sometimes some morelia etc.). 
We are trying to get people to see past the misconceptions about morelia, weather it is carpet pythons or chondros, scrubs or boelens, and to see that these are some of the most amazing snakes that you can keep.
There is a lot of people still not quite sure what this whole morelia thing is all about and our mission is to change that.
I want to thank, what I call the inner circle of MPR, the people that inspire me, the people that ignite that passion when the fire dies down. You all know who you are cause I talk to you daily. Zach Baez,Matt Minetola,Rob Stone,Chris Salemi and a few others.
I would like to personally thank Owen for joining me on this crazy journey and giving up his Tuesday nights for the last 4 years. He is an awesome guy and he is always keeping me laughing. I can hear him now, "For the love of God, stop being all sentimental" lol. Thanks for hanging in there with me.
In a way the next 2 guys were responsible for what led to MPR.
There the 2 people that first really got me into Morelia.
Thanks to Jason Baylin for selling me my first carpet python. You really took the time to talk to me at my first Hamburg back in '08. I walked around the show looking for a snake to buy and Jason took the time to tell me about, what I thought was the coolest looking snake around, the tiger carpet.
I would have to give a big thanks to my good friend and someone that has guided me through this whole morelia thing, Nick Mutton. He has been a mentor to me even though he has to call me 6x's before I call him back. lol....Hey man, cut me some slack I work 70 hours a week! 
I will be out to that NW carpet fest next year but I am sure we will hang out before that on the first MPR trip to Australia wink emoticon......for the ultimate carpet fest!
I think I have learned a lot over the past 4 years and the biggest take away has always been this is supposed to be fun, exciting and introduces you to people that you probably would have never crossed paths with. 
Really awesome people. 
I know our community has had its ups and downs this past year but let us not lose sight to what got most of us into to this in the first place.......
simply put......Morelia, there the best pythons around........and there is still so much to do. I think the key to the future success is not to focus on the negative but the positive. Promote these beautiful creatures that are produced buy awesome people! We have to get this message out to people that maybe never heard of a carpet python or a chondro or thought that they could never own one.
It's been an awesome 4 years of podcasts, carpet rows and carpet fests and we look forward to many more!
I know this is a bit long winded, as sometimes my "rants" can be but I really wanted to thank you all, for all that you have done for me to help ignite that passion in the next generation of Morelia heads!
If your at the NARBC in Tinley this weekend stop on by carpet row and say hello. We'd love to meet you.

This week in Morelia.

by Eric Burke on 09/21/15

In episode #215 we are joined by Steve Katz from SBK Reptiles.

We will discussing Steve's approach to keeping and breeding carpet pythons. You can check out his website here:
Facebook:
Here is a link to the episode:

The Northwest Carpetfest is right around the corner. It is on October 3rd in Seattle, WA. 
Check out the Facebook group page for more details: NW Carpetfest

The Southeast carpetfest is doing a booster with the proceeds going to USARK. 
Please buy a shirt and help support the cause. 
The date for the Southeast carpetfest is November 7 @ 2 PM in Eustis,Florida.
You can check out there Facebook page @ Southeast carpetfest.

For general carpetfest info you can visit the Facebook page @ Carpetfest
or check out the website @ http://carpetfest.homestead.com/

We are so happy to see these morelia gatherings popping up all around the U.S. and hope to have one where we all come together. One of the best things about our community is just that, our community.



Its that time again!!!! Booster to fund USARK.....BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND....MPR logo T-shirt get them while they last. If you are an international customers please contact Owen McIntyre or Eric Burke to set up a shirt purchase info@moreliapythonradio.com.

Last but not least, if your going to be in the Chicago area on October 10th and 11th please stop by the NARBC show in Tinley Park. We will be at Carpet Row. So come hang out and check out some of the nicest carpets with some of the coolest carpet python breeders in the business. 

Morelia Python Radio- MPR
Jason Baylin- East coast Serpents
Howard Redding -Redding Reptile Breeders
Julie from GFX Morelia, 
Chris Rindells from Headhunter Reptiles (He will be hanging out but he will not have a table)

Also, if your into the Borneos and Bloods be sure to check out 

And if your not able to attend the NARBC show and your looking to get a carpet python then be sure to check out the-
A classifieds page for morelia pythons where the ads are posted exclusively by the breeders of the snakes themselves.If you produced the morelia, hatched it, and currently care for it, feel free to put up an ad. Ads are not pre-screened but if we see an ad that doesn't fit the above criteria we will take it down. Its always best to buy breeder direct!

Carpets Rule!

Northwest carpet fest.

by Eric Burke on 09/18/15

Hey folks, NW Carpet Fest is right around the corner on October 3rd!
As it was last year, the event will be held at the home of the gracious Mr Douglas Taylor in Lynnwood (~ 20 minutes north of downtown Seattle).
All Morelia geeks are welcome. This event is designed for folks to get together and share their mutual passion for Morelia. It is NOT designed to be a show, sales event, or show-and-tell with personal animals, so please leave your pythons at home.
We will also have an auction with proceeds to benefit USARK. To date, we have had very generous donations that will be up for electronic auction starting 9/25 on the NW Carpet Fest facebook page and closing at midnight on 10/2, to open again only during in-person bidding at the event itself. All people with winning bids will be responsible for shipping charges. So far, we have gift certificates for:
$250 from Phoenix Reptiles (Mr Bill Stegall)
$200 from Dr Justin Julander
$200 from Mr Nick Mutton
$200 from Mr Chris Koeppel
One voucher to choose a 2015 IJ from Evergreen Exotics (Ms Emily Stoddard)
$200 from Rogue Reptiles (Mr Owen McIntyre)
$200 from EB Morelia (Mr Eric Burke)
Questions? Please let me (Aimee) know! It’s going to be a good time.

MPR shirts supporting USARK.

by Eric Burke on 09/15/15

Its that time again!!!! Booster to fund USARK.....BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND....MPR logo T-shirt get them while they last. If you are an international customers please contact Owen McIntyre or Eric Burke to set up a shirt purchase info@moreliapythonradio.com

Reptile auctions.

by Eric Burke on 06/23/15

Reptile auctions, especially for carpet pythons, seem to be a hot button issue as of late. I would say that there are certain circumstances where auctions are a good thing. For instance, when your trying to raise money for something or someone. Examples would be what we have done at carpet fest to help raise funds for USARK and Rico Walder. 
I would also agree with what the NARBC does with their auction or the auction that is currently going on for the remainder of Rico's animals. I think the hope is that the animals will go for a higher price then the current retail value. Basically you're donating to a cause and  as an added bonus you get a cool animal.
I think people look at auctions as a way for people to get rid of animals that they thought would just blow out. If you put an animal without a reserve you have a "guaranteed" sale. 
Breeders need to know that you can't just put 2 snakes together and think that people will just beat down your door to buy them, especially with morelia. People want to know what is in the snake, is it a pure line or has it been crossed? They are going to want to see pics of the parents and the lineage. 
I have heard the argument that auctions are a way for lower tier breeders to be able to sell their snakes because they can't compete with higher tier breeders. Here is a couple thoughts on that point. 
  • The higher tier breeders weren't always the higher tier breeders. They had to put the work in to get to that level. 
  • If you had a choice between buying from a known breeder or a new guy that you never heard of, where would you buy your animals from? 
  • Do something different then what everyone else is doing. Stand out! Don't buy all your snakes from one breeder or you will be just copying the breeding's that they are doing and how do you think you'll be able to compete with the guy that started or refined a project, There are so many directions that you can take your pairings in.
  • Do what you like and not what the current trend is. Be a trend setter not a trend follower because by the time your pair is ready to breed the trend maybe different.
Here is a thought.....What happened to the days where you were waiting from a specific pairing of carpets, ones that you drooled over on MP. You had hoped that you could possibly get on the list to even have a shot at getting some of the offspring. You newer people may not remember Luke Snell. He had the most amazing IJ's around and he did specific pairings for specific results and people all wanted IJ's from him. How about Jason Baylin's red coastals or tigers or how about Headhunter jungles, Mo with her Jungle jags, Nick Mutton's ivories, Michael Pennell's coastals or maybe John Battaglia's gamma line jags just to name a few. Take a look at there animals and tell me they should be on an auction? Crazy! I read this on Face book and it drives the point home "If your animal was worth buying it would get your asking price rather than playing wheel of fortune with its value" (Lon Deixler)
Why would they never be on an auction because those breeders bred only the best animals together. They sell out simply because of 2 things. 
  1. they make incredible snakes. 
  2. Two, because they did what they wanted to do and didn't follow trends or worry what someone else was doing. 
I guess what I am saying is that it seems that currently I don't see a lot that anymore. I see a few doing that type of thing Howard Redding with his jungle projects is someone that comes to mind currently. 
Personally, I could have easily made about 20-30 clutches of carpets but I didn't because I am not prepared to sit on that many babies and I am not going to put morph carpets together simply to do it I follow the rule that I breed for me first. 
So maybe where at a point where we feel this need to have auctions because people thought they would just put carpet A with carpet B and people will line up to buy them.........WRONG. People won't pay high $'s for sub par animals. So now they are stuck with sub-grade carpets that nobody wants........so lets do an auction. Maybe, we should spend more time trying to grow the carpet python family and breed only the best carpets together.