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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 lets do an auction. Maybe, we should spend more time trying to grow the carpet python family and breed only the best carpets together. 

2015 carpet fest t shirts available.

by Eric Burke on 03/11/15

Its that time of year a again, Carpet fest time. and for the 4th annual carpet fest we have decided to raise t shirt funds and auction funds to help out USARK

As many of you know the US fish and wildlife just finalized the "constrictor rule" which bans the sale and movement of burmese pythons, indian pythons, green and yellow anaconda, African rock pythons, and reticulated pythons across state lines and added them to the Lacey act. We have been told the next step in reversing this ruling is to sue the government. USARK needs all the help and support it can get at this time. 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. 

*if you live outside the US please contact MPR host Owen McIntyre on facebook or email us at to learn how to get a shirt. 

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Special show time for 02/03/15

by Eric Burke on 02/03/15

Hello MPR fans! For this weeks episode we will be airing at a special time, due to the time change of our guest. If you want to listen in live then we will be airing at 6 PM EST. 

Jungle carpet pythons, US

by Eric Burke on 01/14/15

Into jungle carpets? Checkout the Facebook group of the week, 

The 2015 season of Morelia Python Radio begins tonight!

by Eric Burke on 01/06/15

Hello MPR fans! 

Tonight we are returning from our holiday break and we are pumped up more so than ever before!
We have some dynamite shows lined up for you with some awesome guests from all around the world that share our passion for pythons!
In the first episode Owen and I are going to ease back into it with a topic that often turns new people away from carpet pythons. What is it you say that would ever turn anyone away from these awesome creatures...........Well its the carpet complex in general. It can be very confusing for someone just getting into it. So if you're a newbie to carpets this will be the episode that pushes you over the cliff and head on into a full blown case of Morelia Addiction!
 We look forward to a great year and as always thanks for support.

2015 MPR calendar contest

by Eric Burke on 08/23/14

Its that time of year again everyone. The 2015 annual Morelia Python Radio calendar contest is underway.
We have added a new category this year, Miscellaneous pythons. We are hoping to give our listeners a chance to show off some of the other pythons that they keep.
We have moved it under on thread to make it easier to judge so please be sure to include the following when you post up your pics.

What category you are entering under 
And a short comment about the animal.

We also didn't have live animals to give away so everyone can enter and have a chance at winning.
We hope to have extra calendars for sale @ NARBC Tinley park so stop on by, pick one up and say hello to the MPR crew


1. Darwin
2. Coastal
3. Jungle
4. Inland
5. Diamond
6. Bredli
7. Irian jaya
8. Scrub
9. Boelens
10. Chondro
11. Rough scale
12. Miscellaneous python

Time frame

* Contest opens on 8/24 and runs until 9/13
* Contest closes at 9/12 11:59 PM EST.


* All entries must be posted on Mp .com
* You have to like the MPR FB page. Go here to like it.
* 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.


* 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. 

* MPR trophey
* MPR calender
* MPR coffee mug 
* MPR Beer glass
* MPR T-shirt
* You will also get to return as the guest judge for the 2016 MPR calendar contest.

* 2nd place- This will be the runner up picked out of the 12 that are chosen.

* MPR calendar
* MPR T-shirt
* Your choice of MPR coffee mug or MPR beer glass

All other nominees will receive a MPR calendar.
All pics will be put up on's banner.

Thanks for your submission and good luck.
Follow this link to post up your pic.

How to Use Social Media to Cultivate an Audience by Robyn Markland

by Eric Burke on 08/19/14

Here is a list for some helpful tips that Robyn was suggesting  in this weeks edition of the Reptile Insider.

How to Use Social Media to Cultivate an Audience-

What to post on social media to promote your business:

-Favorite items from
-USARK updates and promos (support those that support you!)
-Thank you to our customers
-Facebook/Twitter milestones- "1000 Fans!",  "3000 Fans!",  "This item was Shared 400 times!"
-Business milestones- Years in business, new store, new breeding project, end of a breeding project
-Videos of animals/products
-Videos of/from customers/Fans
-Quotes about the season
-Testimonials from customers
-Pictures or quotes from customers/Thank you letters
-Pictures of/from customers
-Pictures of animals/products
-Links to products/Pages "We love the thermostats from @Reptile Basics, they work great for us!" "@Zoo Med products move really well in our store!" "All of our geckos eat the @Repashy/@Pangea diet!"
-Ask questions of your customers-- Likes/Dislikes
-Fill in the blank about something _________
-"How-To" videos
-Post about events in your store/business
-Holidays-- all annual holidays including support for Military holidays
-Sales going on 
-Community events
-Throwback Thursday-- "remember when" photos and questions (could be 2 months, 2 years, or 20 years)
-Flashback Fridays
-Post a photo and have a "caption this photo" contest
-Run a "Like this and win" contest (watch out for specific media platform rules or prohibitions)
-Run a "Share this and win" contest (watch out for specific media platform rules or prohibitions)
-Congratulations to other businesses, peers, people
-Charities you support
-Pictures/videos of staff or employees
-Seasonal changes-- breeding season, shipping season, trade show season, holidays
-Trade show updates-- attending, vending, new animals/products, specials, trade show feedback and photos
-Celebrations-- birthdays/anniversaries

2015 Carpet fest

by Eric Burke on 08/05/14

Now that both the NE and NW carpet fests have come and gone its time to start thinking about next year. First, We would like to thank Howard Redding, from Redding Reptile Breeders for hosting the last 3 NE carpet fest events. He opened up his home and dedicated a lot of his own time to help making what carpet fest was all about a reality. So with the thought that next year will be here before we know it, We thought it would be a good idea to start thinking about next year.

We will need a location and a host. Anyone who is interested in hosting the event please feel free to contact us @ 
We also need a date. Does May work for everyone? Is there a better date to allow more people to come and hang out with the Morelia family?

Also, feel free to post any ideas to make the event even more of a success.
Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you next year.
Eric and Owen?,
Morelia Python Radio.

Bloods and short tailed pythons invade Morelia Python Radio

by Eric Burke on 07/27/14

Recently, I had the chance to go to and check out a nice collection of blood and short tailed pythons. I was immediately hooked and I had to learn more about them. They give you a big python feel in a smaller python package and the colors on these snakes is truly amazing. 
I started researching and I was led to Nick Bottini from Cold Blooded Earth. His collection of these pythons was impressive. So in the next episode of  MPR we are joined by Nick Bottini from Cold Blooded Earth. Nick is a herpetologist at the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia SC. 
We will be discussing everything you need to know about keeping and breeding these fantastic pythons. Nick will be discussing all of the cool projects that he is working on. If you have thought about getting into bloods and short tails then this is an episode you won't want to miss.
Also, in a new segment of The Reptile Insider, Robyn Markland will be joing us to discuss the pros and cons of Reptile auctions, other segments of the market, classifieds, Craigslist, local shows, national shows, swap meets.
Check out Nick's website

Here is the link to the show.
If you have any questions for Nick please email them to

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North West Carpet fest

by Eric Burke on 07/22/14

 This Saturday, 07/26 the west coast is going to try to out do the east coast at the 2nd annual North west carpet fest. If your in the area this is your chance to hang out some of the coolest carpet breeders in the US.

Be sure to check out the auction that is going on. Proceeds go 50/50 to Rico Walder and USARK (unless otherwise noted). 

ALERT! Your immediate action is needed!

by Eric Burke on 07/22/14

All comments must be submitted by 07/24/14. Let your voice be heard.
All Americans who appreciate their freedom to have pets should comment. This may only affect big snake keepers now, but any species could be the next target. The entire pet community is being picked apart as we are not supporting each other in protecting our freedoms. Support your pet and reptile community and comment today! Over 80 million American households have pets. Over five million of those have pet reptiles. There should be tens or hundreds of thousands of comments made against adding additional species to the Constrictor Rule. This needs to be shared! Below are Talking Points, comment links, mailing address, sample letter, FAQ and more. 
Please go to USARK and make submit your comments.

Axanthic granite jag!

by Eric Burke on 07/21/14

This season has brought us some really cool worlds first designer carpet pythons but the Axanthic granite jag is one of the coolest. I believe it takes carpet pythons to another level. We would like to congratulate Oli from Precision Reptiles for producing such a beautiful snake.

This morph is a cross of Morelia spilota mcdowelli and Morelia spilota harrisoni. The granite and axanthic are recessive genes and the jag is a co-dominant gene.
We look forward to seeing how this one progresses. Be sure to give Precision Reptiles' Facebook page a like so you can follow all of the cool carpet pythons they're hatching out. 

All photos by Precision Reptiles
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