Who we are...
If this is your first time here, welcome to acreptiles.com, the online home of Anthony Caponetto Reptiles. 95% of what we produce is either crested geckos or ball pythons
I have kept reptiles for most of my life now, starting with some anoles at the age of seven and graduating to a big Burmese python by my senior year of high school. After college, in 2001, I began putting together my existing collection. I maintain a decent "personal collection" consisting of several other species...carpet pythons, blood pythons, roughly a half dozen boa species, gargoyle geckos, a few tokay geckos, and my mourning geckos.
The crested gecko is a species I really can't say enough good things about, and they make up the majority of our sales and reptile production. I started off keeping pythons in 2001 and then got my first crested geckos in 2003. I quickly became obsessed with producing designer crested geckos. We pioneered (and named) several designer gecko morphs that are household names today, like the Red Harlequin/Pinistripe, the Super Stripe, and the Phantom Pinstripe, just to name a few. To my knowledge, we are home to the largest colony of selectively bred crested geckos in the world, and the world's third largest breeder of crested geckos overall. We are still growing steadily, and plan to release some really exciting new projects in 2014.
This is a species most people aren't aware I've been keeping since before I got my first crested gecko! I didn't really get serious about them until 2009, so the brunt of my work with ball pythons has been geared toward raising and producing female morphs.
As I'm sure you know, ball python prices tanked this season...so, just like when this happened in 2009, I went out and bought up a lot of POWERFUL future breeder males. I have ramped up with 3-4 each of enchi combo males, leopard combo males, and banana/combo males. This should be the last wave of new males I have to buy before I come out with lots of good stuff for sale. About the market - I've been watching since the ball python craze started in the late 90's, and I've noticed prices tend to hold for a few years and then there needs to be a re-adjustment period - which is when you see prices tank in a hurry. Provided you're in this for the long haul, these downturns are nothing to be scared of.
As of October 2013, our 2013 breeding season for ball pythons is still going strong, and I still have clutches to be laid...that means my last 2013 clutches will hatch in January of 2014!
If you haven't seen or heard a photo here and there on Facebook, several of my "new" projects have finally been proven genetic...now it's time to go to the drawing board and see if I can't make some worthwhile combos. On this page are the Agent Orange Lesser and the Holey Pastel (Hotel).
Thanks as always for visiting our website, and be sure to check out our online store!
- Anthony Caponetto