Elemental Herps ventured into the reptile community over a decade ago, when our quest to locate Axolotl’s turned into something completely unexpected. Being avid aquaculturists, axolotl’s seemed like the perfect segue into the world of amphibians, and soon after, reptiles. What started as a breeding pair of axolotl’s, quickly expanded and we became Canada’s first prominent breeder, giving them recognition they hadn’t yet received in reptile and amphibian communities throughout Canada. After several years and many spawns later, we placed our remaining breeding stock in collections across Canada. We dabbled with breeding Correlophus Sarasinorum for a number of years, producing BC’s first White-Collared Sarasinorums.
Fast forward to present day and our focus is solely on the Plains Hognose (Heterodon nasicus) snake.
In 2014 we purchased our first pair of hognoses from a Canadian breeder. We have since acquired and produced many morphs, some of unproven genetics, and some not yet available in North America. We are one of a small handful of breeders in Canada working with the species and the only ones in Canada’s Pacific Northwest with a collection this genetically diverse. We operate a closed breeding facility, as the health and wellbeing of our animals is something we won’t compromise. We love our spacious ARS 5040 Hybrid racks that house our adult hognose and our custom hatchling racks from Cornel’s World. Our focus has always been quality before quantity.
Aside from our interest in breeding, we have served on the Board of Directors with the BC Reptile Club for three years. Our desire to educate and spread awareness as to how wonderful reptiles (amphibians and inverts too) are, extends beyond the species we keep and breed.
We don’t breed for financial gain. Our breeding plans are driven by passion and a love for these quirky “hiss noodles” with upturned snouts.