I'll be shipping one out too - I'm trading away the gorgeous striped black and white gargoyle Rainier to a friend who will keep him as "living art" (which he rightfully deserves, I have never seen a black/white gargoyle that holds a candle to him). I will miss him a lot, I've always admired him so much for his uniqueness and special place in the gargoyle world. Unfortunately, I just don't think he will be used here much for breeding as I'm focusing so much on color with my gargoyles now. I'm just happy he is going to a home where I know he will be happy, healthy, and loved. :) I couldn't ask for anything more regarding homes for my geckos (and as a bonus, I know the communication line is always open - I'll get updates or can email to check up on him anytime).
Random tangent - us breeders LOVE updates on animals we've sold you. I have one gal who emails me periodically with update photos of a baby I sold her (that I bred). He is blossoming into an absolutely jaw-dropping adult, and I am so thankful that I get to be a part of watching it happen! (Though if I'd know he'd be that great I might have kept him, haha!) It's wonderful to see how our babies mature, not only for the "feel good" part, but because it also helps us get a better idea of what kind of animals those particular pairings of parents can/will produce. So if you're reading this, think about sending a breeder or two of some of your animals an update. I promise you they will appreciate it a ton! :)
Back on topic - gecko arrival! I will be receiving packages from goReptiles, Moonrise Geckos, New Caledonia Northwest, SV Geckos, Sticky Side Up Geckos, and Red Sky Geckos. Hoi that's a lot of boxes, especially considering most will have multiples inside. At least a couple of them aren't adults, less space I need to make room for lol! Keep your fingers crossed for me that everyone arrives safe and sound! I know that I'm overdue for a photoshoot for the geckos and have been for ages, keep being patient with me - getting new arrivals situated is more important to me than getting shots of them fully fired when they get here. I'd rather do it a few weeks after they've had some time to settle in. Maybe in the meantime I'll be motivated/have a chance to get updated pics of those for sale (I really need to do that)!
And omg, we're not finished. My new friend from St. Louis, Crystal Rolfe of Tailspinz Geckos (check her out on Facebook, she has a lovely collection), is doing me a HGUE favor and bringing me back some geckos from the Tinley Park NARBC show that was this weekend in Chicago. It allowed me to purchase geckos I otherwise could not have afforded due to shipping. I can't wait to get them! I'll probably meet up with her in another week or two to get those kids. Good thing they're not coming this week too! I snagged some really great deals thanks to my "gecko courier's" services.
I can't wait until next year, I am going to have so many fabulous pairings and I am already chomping at the bit to see what they produce for me! If nothing else, you all are going to have a lot to choose from. ;) I was just working on my list for next year's pairings and it's going to be complete, awesome mayhem when babies start hatching. I hope once I get pics up of all the animals I have acquired (and those I just haven't photographed yet), you all will be as excited as I am for babies. If there is enough interest, I will start wait-listing. First come, first serve. I run wait-lists as follows: if you request to be on one for a certain pairing I will make a note of it, and if someone else inquires, they're "next in line", so to speak. If I decide to let go of a baby from the pairing I will contact the first person on the list before making the baby available to the public, and if they decline, on down the list I go! Feel free to email me if you see somebody(s) you love and would like offspring from - email@example.com. But please, only request to be wait-listed if you're quite serious about buying, as it is quite frustrating to spent the time going through an entire wait-list and getting all "no's", when you could have had your animal listed for sale elsewhere that entire time.
I'll post an update once the first round of geckos are here with their formal introductions! Keep an eye out.
P.S. The terrapins are doing awesome, I absolutely adore them. They are super cute and very entertaining. I have tried to get some photos of them but it's incredibly difficult as now they associate me with food and try to frantically swim through the glass every time they see me. I try to catch them basking, but I also hate to disturb them when they are (though sleeping turtles are SO CUTE with their eyes all scrunched shut)!! I may just have to post some blurry photos, gasp. They're simply too cute not to share, and they have already made their distinct personalities clear. One likes to spend time in the "sun" and the other plays "Kraken" and sinks the already sunken pirate ship in their tank. I've give you a guess who is who. ;)