[UPDATE:  December 2017, Northwest Reptiles has moved all our animals from Portland to our new home in Elkton, Oregon.  This can be a little out of the way, for local pickups, but the drive is beautiful]

What, or Who, is NWReptiles.com? (Northwest Reptiles)

Photo of Thomas


My name is Tom (or sometimes Thomas,) and I am a ball python breeder in Vancouver Washington, just north of Portland Oregon.  I must say I am not any sort of pioneer to this field/hobby. I have been breeding since 2008.  I can also tell you in the short time I have been raising and breeding ball pythons I have learned a LOT of information, which I hope to share via this blog site.

My good friend Shaun R. is also very involved in these projects.  We keep separate inventories, but have multiple projects in common as well.

As of this update, I’m in the middle of my sixth hatching season, Spring of 2015. In six years I’ve had several clutches, and currently the incubator, and hatchling racks are filling up again. We also hope to have many years ahead of us.

There is still much more to learn, and we hope to share what we continue to learn, with you as we go.

I am 50 years old, and my background is in computers, computer networking, web hosting, and programming.  I do not have a flair for the written word, or computer graphics. I wish I had more time to dedicate to this site, but one has to earn a living.

I have always loved animals, and have taught the same love and respect for animals to my children, and am now doing so with my granddaughter as well.  I’ve had many animals through my life, including dogs, cats, hamsters, gerbils, rats, mice, turtles, lots of fish, and now snakes.

Early photo of our facility in Vancouver Washington

Photo from 2009

I seem to have fewer house guests (especially family,) than I did before my first snake….  But at the same time couple of my own kids, who are grown, have snakes now too.

Snakes habitats are cleaned and disinfected a minimum of once a week, and more if needed.  This helps with the smell, and makes for healthier, happier, animals.

Ball pythons are a gentile animal, that are very timid.  They will never strike in anger, and are very non-confrontational (like me.)  They are also non-venomous.

I’ve been bit a few times but it was always either a very young snake, a feeding mistake (I was mistaken for a rat,) or I moved too quickly and startled the snake.  If I had this many dogs, I would get bit sometimes too.

Ball pythons have very sharp, small teeth that help them grab food, before they coil around it, trying to suffocate the pray before they eat it.

The year (winter of 2012) we bred about 40 females, resulting in 26 clutches of eggs.  This last couple of years we bred a lot fewer animals.  Several of these females were normals, meaning they are not morphs.  The normal ball python, (sometimes called “Classic”) is the standard “wild caught” camouflage snake as would be found in the wild.

A morph is a throwback or abnormality to the standard genetic pool.  By working with oddball ball pythons, breeders have discovered that many of these abnormalities are genetic, and can be passed on through selective breeding.  Where it gets real fun, is the combination of genetic traits to make designer morphs.

Every female we bred, normal or morph, was bred to a morph male.  We are hoping to expand our collection of morph males and females so we can experiment in new combinations.  This coming year we will produce nothing new that hasn’t been produced by someone else already, but a few things that are very rare.

Last year’s most interesting breeding projects resulted in the first Decaf to ever be produced, as well as several triple gene males and females.  I’d love to tell you what projects are in the works, but I must keep to the space I have available.

We have been selecting some very fine animals, and have been arranging a couple of joint projects with others, so our projects will certainly produce some outstanding morphs in the years to come.

With this site, we will be showing some of our breeding projects, and breeder animals.  We will create a library of various morphs and morph combinations, and we plan to share how we care for our animals in case you too have one or more ball pythons sharing your life.  We can also showcase animals that we have for sale/adoption.

We ship anywhere in the continental US, and can arrange for pickup if you are local to us in Elkton.

Join us on our journey, feel free to make comments about existing posts, or contact us if you are interested in becoming a contributor to the site with your own articles.

About was last modified: December 19th, 2017 by Tom

11 Responses to About

  1. Tyler Olson says:

    Hi I’m looking for a burmese python, need a Washington breeder because of the lacey act

  2. Naiya says:

    Are ball pythons really content in those tiny little boxes? Mine seems to want to explore all the time. She’s incredibly curious. She seems to enjoy getting around quite a bit. I take her for “walks” on warm days, where I watch her very carefully. She’s allowed to roam in a single small room of the house, where all possible escape routes are blocked and there’s nothing that can fall on her if she wants to climb. She seems a lot happier this way. When she’s in her glass enclosure, all she wants to do is get out. She loves to climb… anything. Advice?

    • Tom says:

      While every ball python is different, in the wild they will spend their lives underground in holes, only to venture out when they are hungry, then find a new hole.

  3. Suzy Klitgaard says:

    I am in my third year with collecting and keeping Ball Pythons. Altogether having 13 snakes is proving to be one heck of a learning curve. SOmewhat new to herping and snake care, I strive to moving forward in my quest to be a breeder one day. It is not written in stone, yet the idea is planted in my braqin. Preservation, conservation, and education are my three keys to herping. My focus is the basics and foundation of caring for these awesome reptiles. When I do breed, it will be under a good friend of mine whose has doing this business since 1995. He lives in Missouri and is a well established breeder of Balls.

  4. allen says:

    Hi I was at the puallup show and was very impressed with your morphs,so impressed I now am iterested in starting a breeding my self. But going in to it with no expereince need a mentor to call on for addvice my only knowledge is learned from the internet. So basicly asking for some help with knoledge…..i. currentlly have a male lesser so im thinking to go with a female lesser hopeing for a white blue eyed snake out of my first clutch (liked we spoke of at the expo).you have a couple of females im interested in so first im getting my rack started, and collecting, A few specimens As a first step. Any addvise would be greatlly appreciated ……thanks allen

  5. Keri Rose says:

    I need help. I went home yesterday to discover that one of two ball pythons I have living in a tank is not male, and is now curled around 3 eggs. I am in far over my head and do not know where to turn for guidance. I would like to keep them all safe. Any help you can lend would be truly appreciated.
    Keri Rose

    • Thomas Tremain says:


      The best thing to do would be to get them into an incubator for the next couple of months.

      I will send you an email.


  6. Tom says:

    Dreama, I am looking forward to seeing your Vanilla, and I hope you allow me to photograph him for the Morphs section of the site. I’ve not seen anyone locally with a Vanilla until now.

  7. Dreama says:

    I think this is really interesting. I am a noobie myself, but I have always loved Herps and think they are beautiful, I have a Vanilla Morph and I love watching him every day Ball Pythons are so gentle and easy going! Good job on the Sccweeeet website man!

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