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About me...2010-07-22

Every site has a page like this, I thought why would my own be an exception. I don't think my persona important to talk about, but you, dear readers do have the right to know more about the owner of site you are reading.

I got into this hobby in 1995, at age 8 years, when I got my first Burmese python (Python m. bivitattus). I'm obligated to mention my former mentor's name, Géza Szupp. Today's hobbysts may not know him, but he had the most significant Burmese python collection in Hungary back then and his other reptiles were also very unique at that time. However our views on reptile keeping have become quiet different, I will always be gratefull for "openning the door to giant snakes" for me.


At a reptile show organized by Géza Szupp in 1994.

I can conclude the early years of my snake keeping like this: I had made every mistakes that a beginner snake keeper can possibly do. Those setbacks meant real traumas to me as a child those days, however they forced me not to do the same mistakes again. Meanwhile my point of interest changed from Burmese pythons, Reticulated pythons (Python reticulatus) to Boa constrictors.

I can recall a very special looking "Suriname Boa constrictor" in John M. Mehrtens book, titled "Snakes of the world". I could already recognize as an amateur that those Suriname redtail boas were very different from "Common boas" (crossbreds) available at the local pet store. I went in quest of the mysterious Suriname boas, but local animal traders and "big boa breeders" did not even know about the existence of this locality. To tell the truth, I didn't know either- aside from those pictures in Mehrtens' book -, therefore I had to settle for common crossbred boas. Few years later, I had found true Suriname redtalis on World Wide Web, but those 800+ € beuaties were not affordable for an average Hungarian snake keeper by any means in the late 90ies. In 2002 I could finally obtain a pair of WC Suriname redtail boas, fulfilling my childhood dream. Since then, I have obtained and bred many other localities, most of them represented the first successful offspring in Hungarian herp culture.


Why Boa constrictors?

I was astonished by the variety this species represents. In natural populations of Boa constrictors, there are small ones and bigs, light and dark colored ones, colorful and colorless specimens. Sky is the limit. This one species, Boa constrictor shows a great diversity that no other snake species does.


Why am I keeping pure subspecies and localities?

It is my personal opinion that if one wants to know these animals, understand them, study their etology, morphology, reproduction, one must do it with their closest relatives to wild populations. I am referring to true localties of Boa constrictors that are genuine, purebred descendens of their wild existing relatives. By keeping these boas, I could confirm and rule out several theories in the past years and I didn't have to go to their habitat, either. Not that I didn't want to go, I must admit though.


Thoughts on my own workmanship

I consider my care of Boa constrictors as a never-ending learning experience. From the beginning I have been trying to do my best to get a better understanding on these fascionating snakes andd gaining as much knowledge as possible. This never-ending development means changes in general care and in approach as well over the years. This didn't happen from one day to another, several years, energy investment and lot of experience have taken place along the road. I don't consider myself infallible neither do I think I have more answers on snake keeping than questions. However, what I do I try to the best I possibly can. I believe there still are lot of things to learn for me in the future.

I am lucky, because I got involved in snake keeping at age 8 for the true love of these animals. I can say all honestly that financial interest has never been a major motivation and I am certain that I have spent more money on caring my animals than what I earned selling them thus far. Even though, it is a great feeling to share this hobby with other people by offering my own captive bred boas, "selling" is not a part I enjoy most and not something I would consider important, either. What more important is the whole way as a snake gets to a new owner (meaning: raising parents for years, studying them, understanding them, breeding them, etc).

Botond Ádám

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