VMS Professional Herpetoculture

VMS Professional Herpetoculture At VMS, we want to provide you with a superior quality reptile. Additionally, we want to provide you with the knowledge and skills to make it thrive - not just keep it alive.
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We produce the highest quality reptiles for the pet trade. What does 'quality reptiles' really mean? To many breeders, it simply means selecting the most attractive patterns or colors. While this is important, we believe it is also important to select healthy vigorous animals. There is little point in producing the prettiest specimens if they lack the will to survive or have genetic disorders. At

We produce the highest quality reptiles for the pet trade. What does 'quality reptiles' really mean? To many breeders, it simply means selecting the most attractive patterns or colors. While this is important, we believe it is also important to select healthy vigorous animals. There is little point in producing the prettiest specimens if they lack the will to survive or have genetic disorders. At

Operating as usual

Coolest corn we produced this year...
04/30/2021

Coolest corn we produced this year...

Coolest corn we produced this year...

Our business has been remarkably successful for over twenty years now, and continues to grow annually. We've been able t...
01/23/2021

Our business has been remarkably successful for over twenty years now, and continues to grow annually. We've been able to live a tranquil life in the mountains, working remotely breeding and selling snakes while earning a substantial income. This was always my dream and I've been fortunate to see this dream come true in a way far greater than I ever imagined. Having said that, Janet and I are planning to retire in the winter of 2022/2023 to enjoy the next stage of life.

We would like to offer someone else the opportunity to enjoy the life we've had. Ideally, we would like to sell our business (including the breeding facility, active breeders and entire stock) along with our fully furnished three bedroom 2 bath home upstairs as a complete package. The home and facility are located on seven acres of forested land with a stunning view of the Sangre De Cristo mountains about 30 minute drive to Canon City in one direction and Westcliffe in the other. The walkout basement hosts a second living room, half bath, office area, our breeding facility, and a 2.5 car garage. The home has two large decks on the upper level. A large 20x20 steel barn with concrete floor for storing toys, cars or supplies is included on the property as well.

A quick valuation of the business based on net earnings, plus home and facility, adds up to approximately $650K. The business generates a six figure income, and if purchased with furnished home is a turn-key investment. The business and home can be sold separately if so desired. So if you're a serious buyer, with cash in hand, let's talk about how to make each others dreams become reality.

Our business has been remarkably successful for over twenty years now, and continues to grow annually. We've been able to live a tranquil life in the mountains, working remotely breeding and selling snakes while earning a substantial income. This was always my dream and I've been fortunate to see this dream come true in a way far greater than I ever imagined. Having said that, Janet and I are planning to retire in the winter of 2022/2023 to enjoy the next stage of life.

We would like to offer someone else the opportunity to enjoy the life we've had. Ideally, we would like to sell our business (including the breeding facility, active breeders and entire stock) along with our fully furnished three bedroom 2 bath home upstairs as a complete package. The home and facility are located on seven acres of forested land with a stunning view of the Sangre De Cristo mountains about 30 minute drive to Canon City in one direction and Westcliffe in the other. The walkout basement hosts a second living room, half bath, office area, our breeding facility, and a 2.5 car garage. The home has two large decks on the upper level. A large 20x20 steel barn with concrete floor for storing toys, cars or supplies is included on the property as well.

A quick valuation of the business based on net earnings, plus home and facility, adds up to approximately $650K. The business generates a six figure income, and if purchased with furnished home is a turn-key investment. The business and home can be sold separately if so desired. So if you're a serious buyer, with cash in hand, let's talk about how to make each others dreams become reality.

Baubel line Pyros are amazing.....
10/19/2020

Baubel line Pyros are amazing.....

Cute little sand boa...
10/06/2020

Cute little sand boa...

Baby Orchid Corns are just amazing snakes, anyway you look at them! But so are the adults....
10/04/2020

Baby Orchid Corns are just amazing snakes, anyway you look at them! But so are the adults....

Another gorgeous Sunrise Amel, this time without the Motley pattern.
08/21/2020

Another gorgeous Sunrise Amel, this time without the Motley pattern.

Cute Ultramel Cinder Bloodred.
08/16/2020

Cute Ultramel Cinder Bloodred.

Always one of my favorites...
08/13/2020

Always one of my favorites...

Another interesting baby, a Hypo Sunkissed Pewter
08/13/2020

Another interesting baby, a Hypo Sunkissed Pewter

These things always amaze me.... Sunrise Amel Motley
08/12/2020

These things always amaze me.... Sunrise Amel Motley

Found this tiny tyke on the road out front yesterday evening. Granddaughter was sooooo excited.
07/09/2020

Found this tiny tyke on the road out front yesterday evening. Granddaughter was sooooo excited.

Found this young lady on the road out in front of our home. I could feel that she’d laid eggs fairly recently when I pic...
07/01/2020

Found this young lady on the road out in front of our home. I could feel that she’d laid eggs fairly recently when I picked her up. Sweet snake after just a few hisses and now safely relocated off the road.

Snakes are finally beginning to hatch around here. Seems like it's going to be a long late drawn out hatching season. In...
06/30/2020

Snakes are finally beginning to hatch around here. Seems like it's going to be a long late drawn out hatching season. In a way, that's easier for me than having thousands of babies all at once....

Our site is nearly empty of snakes for sale, as we have had record breaking sales this year. We've been getting a lot of...
06/06/2020

Our site is nearly empty of snakes for sale, as we have had record breaking sales this year. We've been getting a lot of inquiries along the lines of "When will you have more Corns?". But more babies are on the way. We have around a thousand eggs incubating already, and many more eggs to be laid - including some from this lovely female Heliconia sitting in her nest box. Please be patient and watch for the site to begin filling up in July and continuing through end of summer.

Thought I'd share this cute little Fire Terrazzo that recently hatched.
08/19/2019

Thought I'd share this cute little Fire Terrazzo that recently hatched.

Strawberry Corn. One of a dozen or so for sale on our site, which surprises me since last year they sold out in about fi...
03/21/2019

Strawberry Corn. One of a dozen or so for sale on our site, which surprises me since last year they sold out in about fifteen minutes... Ya just never know.

Updated shot of two baby Heliconia Corns for sale on our site. These things always take my breath away...
03/21/2019

Updated shot of two baby Heliconia Corns for sale on our site. These things always take my breath away...

While updating photos and records today, I was impressed by the color development of this little guy. Even though it's a...
03/21/2019

While updating photos and records today, I was impressed by the color development of this little guy. Even though it's a Charcoal Shatter Corn, the Cinder gene is pushing red color through for a truly unique look. Hope we produce more of them this summer!

One of several cute Strawberry Corns currently offered on our site at $95 plus shipping. see them at vmsherp.com
10/10/2018

One of several cute Strawberry Corns currently offered on our site at $95 plus shipping. see them at vmsherp.com

Thought I'd share a pic of my favorite hatchling of the year.
09/28/2018

Thought I'd share a pic of my favorite hatchling of the year.

Jan and I took off Saturday to SE Colorado on a quickie herping expedition before cold weather moved in. Here's a few of...
08/27/2018

Jan and I took off Saturday to SE Colorado on a quickie herping expedition before cold weather moved in. Here's a few of the finds, but I didn't get shots of the one and only Prairie Rattlesnake we found. It was right on the edge of town in heavy traffic at night - not the place to be lying on the cement with a camera! So we just moved it out of harms way.

I thought this Strawberry (JMG Coral line) Amel was so pretty I just had to keep it....  I suppose I better pick out a m...
08/09/2018

I thought this Strawberry (JMG Coral line) Amel was so pretty I just had to keep it.... I suppose I better pick out a male to go with her - darn the luck.

Always love finding these in the incubator. Feels like Santa delivered candy canes... (Baubel strain pyromelana)
08/04/2018

Always love finding these in the incubator. Feels like Santa delivered candy canes... (Baubel strain pyromelana)

Hatching some neat stuff this year. Here's a Sunrise Amel Motley I just photographed for the site. One of three females ...
08/03/2018

Hatching some neat stuff this year. Here's a Sunrise Amel Motley I just photographed for the site. One of three females that fed right away, a couple more to come hopefully.

It's inevitable when hatching large numbers of eggs that you'll encounter a few deformities here and there. Sad for sure...
08/03/2018

It's inevitable when hatching large numbers of eggs that you'll encounter a few deformities here and there. Sad for sure, but interesting as well. In my forty years at it, I've hatched snakes with kinked spines, missing eyes, two tails, two heads - but never before have I hatched one permanently tied in a granny knot.

A couple of clutches of these cool looking Mosaic California Kingsnakes have hatched. Will get them fed and added to the...
07/21/2018

A couple of clutches of these cool looking Mosaic California Kingsnakes have hatched. Will get them fed and added to the website for sale in the next few days.

Baby Corns are finally starting to hatch. Will be feeding them and adding them to the website in the coming weeks. Guess...
07/21/2018

Baby Corns are finally starting to hatch. Will be feeding them and adding them to the website in the coming weeks. Guessing around a thousand again this year...but this little Alabama was the first to eat. Cute little bu**er.

Was just feeding little snakes and spotted this outstanding example of a Terrazzo Corn among them. I'm amazed nobody has...
04/27/2017

Was just feeding little snakes and spotted this outstanding example of a Terrazzo Corn among them. I'm amazed nobody has purchased her yet!

Terrazzo is an as yet uncommon simple recessive gene that creates a unique pattern. We've gotten some very unusual results when combining it with Bloodred pattern types already. Who knows what the future holds for experiments with this gene!?!?!

First confirmed breeding of the year. Note the yellow semen drop at right - proof positive this girl will provide a clut...
04/05/2017

First confirmed breeding of the year. Note the yellow semen drop at right - proof positive this girl will provide a clutch of eggs. Should have a nice mix, aimed at dilute anery motley blood reds and more!

We've been working on updating the photos of corns hatched in 2016 and just finished with the normal ones. After over 40...
03/05/2017

We've been working on updating the photos of corns hatched in 2016 and just finished with the normal ones. After over 40 years of breeding Corns, producing every color morph imaginable, and being privileged to see many of them for the first time in the world, the variation in normal corns is still a wonder to me. The beauty of each is unique, and just takes my breath away if I only stop and look. I'm very fortunate to have chosen this career path, and even more so to have been successful at it. I can hardly wait to see what hatches this coming season! Here's a few to share:

I'm really starting to like the results I'm getting from our Strawberry Tequila Sunrise line corns. Here's two keepers f...
03/04/2017

I'm really starting to like the results I'm getting from our Strawberry Tequila Sunrise line corns. Here's two keepers from this years production. One TS Strawberry Ultramel Anery and one TS Strawberry Snow.

Love finding these little guys on the property here.
08/27/2016

Love finding these little guys on the property here.

Ta-da, first hatchling of the year. Hundreds and hundreds more to follow....
07/10/2016

Ta-da, first hatchling of the year. Hundreds and hundreds more to follow....

Always fun to find the first baby of the year peeking out of the egg. Really cool that Jan's first hatchling is this lit...
07/02/2016

Always fun to find the first baby of the year peeking out of the egg. Really cool that Jan's first hatchling is this little Thayeri King Snake.

Every day I get emails from people arguing with why I say they shouldn't keep more than one Corn Snake in a cage when th...
10/22/2015

Every day I get emails from people arguing with why I say they shouldn't keep more than one Corn Snake in a cage when the kid at the pet store said they won't eat each other. Yes, Corns will eat each other....

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