Hey everyone! I am somewhat of a new reptile owner and am here to get answers to the various questions I'm sure I'll have. I was initially apart of a gecko forum as those were the only reptiles I had owned up until about a week ago. ;] Now that I have added a ball python to my family, I decided to seek a forum that showed a greater interest in more than just geckos. I am hoping to find this forum to be active, friendly and packed full of knowledgeable people! A little about myself as well as my herp family: I'm 23 and currently working as an EMT. The hours are long and, more often than not, boring, but it provides me with a reasonable income to support my reptile addiction. ;] I live in beautiful San Diego and am lucky to have the ideal temperatures for keeping desert animals. I initially got into leopard geckos for reasons of genetics. I have a vast love of genetics and the thousands of possible outcomes that go along with it. However, my last genetics class was quite some time ago in high school so there is some recessed knowledge in there that I am hoping I can regain by being here and learning. Currently, I am breeding towards a Raining Red Stripe project. I have a Raining Red Stripe female - Annie, and a Rainwater albino male, Archer. I bought my ball python because I fell in love with her while I had a few drinks at a party. ;] Went to an old high school friends birthday and he so happened to breed ball pythons. He said he had some hatchlings and randomly selected one female from the tub and gave her to me. Up until this point I was not the biggest fan of snakes - they made me nervous because I did not understand them. But, a few bottles of liquor later and I realized I was letting her climb up and down my arms, around my neck and throughout my sweatshirt. After several drunken pictures with my new best friend and thousands of husbandry questions later, I realized how badly I wanted a snake of my own. I let the booze wear off and in the next few days, went out and purchased a setup for a someday snake. Then my friend told me he was selling her and I snapped her up and brought her home that week. She's been a dream come true and has been so patient with my learning about her! "Tang" is a normal ball python female. In addition to snakes, I also have two horses, a dog and a cat [who helps me 'clean up' if a cricket happens to get loose]. It's great to be here and I'm very excited to start posting!