I couldn’t resist…

Our trip to and through the Netherlands continues. We have now reached the country’s West. We’re parked for the night in the middle of nowhere, yet we’re only a stone’s throw away from Rotterdam, one of the country’s biggest cities.

Today was supposed to be a rest day – no plans. However, my mind could not resist the urge to do something about it this. A long time Dutch reptile friend of mine was posting some of this year’s corn snake offspring on his Instagram. Let’s say that they were very pretty. I have a 25+ year history of keeping reptiles, ranging from a single lizard at its lowest, to literally hundreds of snakes when I was at my peak (or lowest – I guess it all depends on perspective). My last snake died a couple of years ago, and during my PhD, I had other things on my mind. I still do, but I couldn’t resist. I love snakes. So I used my trip to the Netherlands as an excuse to pick up snakes from one of the highest quality breeders I know. Once I had made the decision, some other snakes crossed my path that had some very cool genes. I couldn’t resist those either. (C’mon, the breeder lived about 20 km from my mother, if that’s not a sign, I don’t know what is).

So our rest day turned into a ‘pick up snakes day’, and because a good buddy of mine lives in the area, I needed to visit, and I’m glad I did.

From tomorrow we will start the eastbound leg of the journey, and we will still have a couple of (mostly family-in-law) stops on the way. By Thursday we should be back in Freising die my wife’s second jab and the arrival of my belated birthday present (it’s not snakes, I promise). I will write a post on that one when the time is right!

Male 1
Female 1
Male 2
Female 2

The pictures above are of the snakes I picked up a couple of days ago. Admit it. They’re stunning! Just wait until you see the ones I picked up today. Don’t worry, there will be updates on these. I have lost most of not all pictures of my former snake collection. I have some catching up to do with the current one.

Published by Robin Heinen

Father of two | Husband | Entomologist and Ecologist | Postdoctoral Researcher @ TUM | Traveler | Coffee Addict

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