Reptiles is owned and operated by Ron Crawford who maintains his vast breeding
colony of Ball Pythons in North Eastern Pennsylvania. RC Reptiles breeds
and maintains Ball Pythons exclusively. Ron's story of how he was introduced to
Ball Pythons is rather amusing because he would have never envisioned himself
keeping and breeding well over one hundred ball pythons as he does today.
Back in 1992, Ron worked for a company in New Jersey and he noticed
a free advertisement posted in the cafeteria on his way to have lunch one day.
Upon further inspection of the ad, he noticed that the free item was none other
than a Ball Python snake. Ron had a condition known as Ophidiophobia (Fear of
snakes or Snake phobia) and would be one of the last persons on the face of the
earth to answer this ad but ironically, he did. The best way to deal with your
fear is to face it head on and that's exactly what he did.
was completely petrified of the snake once he had it in his possession and it
took some time for him to build up enough courage to even touch it. He eventually
overcame his fear of Ball Pythons and ultimately grew to love them. He learned
through close interaction with them that they are very docile, curious and don't
generally strike or bite just to do it. They are in fact very vulnerable creatures
who are deaf and cannot hear sounds, have no body limbs such as hands or feet
to help them grasp objects or run at high speeds, cannot generate their own body
heat and require external heat sources and have no natural form of protection
such as claws or long sharp teeth like other animals.
eat to survive just like we must eat to survive. Since they're not vegetarians,
they have to eat meat. They have no other choice but to strike fast in order to
catch food prey that has four legs and move very fast. Since they don't produce
venom, they must wrap and constrict their prey item and are forced to swallow
the prey item whole.
Ron learned that his Ball Python was not
a scary or evil snake to be afraid of but one to be cherished and respected. Over
the years he continued to educate himself on Ball Pythons and study their behaviors
closely. He also continued to purchase more Ball Pythons, which led to a collection
of over one hundred best of breed Ball Python morphs available.
Reptiles currently keeps heterozygous and homozygous Ball Pythons that consist
of but not limited to Mojave's, Albinos, Orange Ghosts, Cinnamon Pastels, Spiders,
Pastels, Piebalds and he continues to acquire new morphs for his collection. He
probably just added a new morph to his collection as you're reading this sentence
Ron is now a full-time breeder of investment quality Ball
Pythons and he feeds them rodents of the highest quality and maintains their cages
and environment as close to perfect
as humanly possible. His animals are
clean, free of diseases including external and internal parasites and are constantly
monitored on a daily basis. He uses a custom designed and developed state of the
art electronic computer software management system for recording every husbandry
entry associated with each snake via barcodes. This proprietary system manages
breeding rotations, keeps hourly archived weather information and sends alerts
when mandatory cage cleaning, water changing, etc. are required and so much more.
In retrospect, it seems that Ron's initial fear of Ball Pythons turned
out to be a blessing because it was the fear of them that ultimately led to him
acquiring, studying and building an excellent collection of some of the best quality
Ball Python morphs in existence.
You too can own superior genetics
by purchasing animals
from the RC Reptiles collection. Because of our commitment to honesty, integrity
and 100% complete customer satisfaction, we have developed an excellent reputation
as a breeder of investment quality Ball Pythons. Please feel free to contact
us by telephone or email at any time. We look forward to earning your business
and helping you grow your collection of investment quality Ball Python morphs.