Keepin Up With The Green
When you keep large tortoises it's necessary to provide them with a lot of space. The space can also be utilized to grow produce for them and your family. Keeping animals should always be synonymous with keeping plants because they're truly symbiotic when kept properly. We're constantly growing different delicious plants in our gardens and really looking forward to the summer growing season. We're expecting zucchinis, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, romaine, kale, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and various others. This is a great way to save a lot of money too, considering how much one big tortoise can eat!
If you don't know, we're passionate about photographing animals in the wild as well. Well, every time we're out looking for reptiles it's impossible and inevitable not to find tons of invertebrates. Well, this spring has been all about Salticidae for us! A.K.A. jumping spiders! There are literally thousands of species and it seems like every time we go herping we find at least four or five species. This time of year is perfect for finding them with babies as well. Not much cuter than a baby jumping spider! We'll be posting photos of herping and spiders in our Field Expeditions section so please check it out!
It's difficult to try to compete with other glass companies on the market, especially since they've been popping up left and right all over the place. Even National Geographic has it's own brand of glass caging now, haha. Well, we are not going to try to compete with these companies anymore. They can have the general business, but they can't even come close to competing with what we provide.
The Nebraska Reptile Breeders Expo is a biannual expo that we have been attending for many years. Normally we attend various expos throughout the country every year, but this year has been very focused on our collection as well as the zoo project. The Nebraska show is the first expo we'll be attending this year and we're looking forward to it! If you're going to be attending the show take a look our availability list. Also, we will have a lot of custom built glass enclosures and we can build whatever size and dimensions you may need. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
We have several projects that are very exciting! Last year we were battling humidity issues in the Tokay Gecko room and faced some devastating losses of eggs. That has since been corrected and 2018 has begun very nicely with Tokay production. Here are the Tokay pairings for 2018:
2017 was a very trying and difficult year for Emerald Exotics. We came out with our new line of cages with hinged, downward opening doors and traveled in more than 30 states, ranging from Oregon to New York delivering hundreds of cages. In order to compete with companies like Exo-Terra and ZooMed we priced our cages at extremely low prices. Sales of cages went quite well, but unfortunately it hurt us very badly and we not only did not profit, but after crunching the numbers we were essentially giving away cages for free. It was very demoralizing to do so much hard work and have nothing but financial problems to show for it. These issues have forced a critical review of pricing and direction.