My name is Jimmy Johnson (aka Draybar)
I'm sure you have figured out by now that this site is about a very special interest of mine...SNAKES....Yes, snakes.
As I was growing up I would catch snakes, turtles, frogs, toads, salamanders, lizards and just about anything else that moved.
I would usually keep them through the spring and summer and release them before winter.
Obviously this wasn't the best for the health of the animals I captured, unfortunately not a lot of information available to a kid growing up in the 60's, but it did give me early experience in their natural habitats, husbandry and captive care and sparked a life-long interest.
Even if I wasn't bringing them home I was still catching reptiles and amphibians at every oportunity.
Even into adulthood
In the early 80's I caught a nice four foot long black rat snake and my interest in snakes was renewed.
Over the next few years my collection grew to include five black rat snakes, one local corn snake, a Florida corn snake, an Eastern milk snake, an Eastern king snake, a speckled king snake, a Southern hognose snake and a seven foot Burmese python.
I kept snakes for close to 10 years before my wife-to-be moved in. Although she never hinted, asked or indicated she wanted me to get rid of the snakes, I knew they made her a little nervous so I did get rid of them.
Plus we needed the extra room.
In the early 90's I started keeping and rescuing turtles. This endeavor/hobby kept me quite busy over the next decade. All along though, I still had that fascination with snakes. Especially corn snakes. With their beautiful colors, excellent dispositions and ease of care, they had always been at the top of my list of favorites.
In May of 2001, I was in a local pet store and saw a beautiful little corn snake hatchling. I brought her home and was once again hooked on snakes.
This little hatchling actually turned out to be a creamsicle. A creamsicle is a cross between a corn snake and a great plains rat snake expressing amelanism. Go to my morphs section to learn more about this and other corn snake morphs.
I must thank my wonderful wife, Patti, for being very understanding and supportive with my renewed interest in snakes. She has been right there with me all the way.
It is very hard not to be captivated by their beauty.
I have since bowed out of turtle rescue and redirected my time towards snakes.
So, the story continues.
At this time I am down to 69 snakes in my collection. I have 27 pure corn snakes, 23 corn snake/emoryi rat snake mixes, including creamsicles, motley creamsicles, stripe creamsicles, cinnamons and motley cinnamons. I also have 3 ultramels, 1 ultramel anery, 1 rusty balck rat snake, 6 emoryi rat snakes, 3 of which are albino, 1 corn snake/bairds rat snake cross, 6 bairds rat snakes (the most underated North American rat snake)and 1 Kenyan sand boa
These numbers can and will change with sales, breeding, trades and purchases.
I will try to update on a regular basis.
So, check out my site! You will find information on the general care of corn and rat snakes, explinations of the different morphs or phases of corn snakes, links to some interesting snake related web sites, a look at a few habitat ideas and plenty of photographs to keep you entertained.
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