With over 35 years of herp
husbandry under her belt, involving numerous species of reptiles,
Kathy Love still regards herself as a born teacher. Decades
of conversations at reptile shows and via the telephone have
helped her zero in on the needs of home herp keepers, whether they
are hobbyists, or those interested in starting a home business.
The Comprehensive Owner’s Guide (and earlier, The
Corn Snake Manual) have been influential in setting
the standards for corn snake husbandry. Writing those books
fulfilled a huge need for those interested in keeping and breeding
corns; they flowed naturally out of Kathy’s desire to share her
All of Kathy’s expertise will be at your disposal during her
portion of the rally day. You will work with her in a
“hands on” manner as she demonstrates (and you assist her) in
routine tasks of managing a large snake colony such as setting up
cages for adults and babies, feeding, sexing, and evaluating
snakes for purchase or for ovulation / breeding suitability.
Techniques for inducing mating, incubating eggs, and coaxing
stubborn hatchlings to eat will be presented.
In addition, proper shipping, record
keeping, and business marketing will be discussed if there is
sufficient interest. Managing a modest rodent breeding
colony will also be included. Because of the small number of
people in each ‘class’, the ‘curriculum’ will be closely
tailored to all participants’ interests.
At all times, Kathy will gladly answer any and all questions
pertaining to her specialty, or about any other herp-related
question you may have. Although the reptile colony currently
consists of corn snake, ball python and Amazon tree boa breeding
projects, discussions will not be limited to those species.
Our hope is that you will come away from this experience with all
of your herpetocultural questions answered – even those you
never would have thought to ask!