|Circa March 1989 :
Ron Tremper is one of those hardcore herp guys who's been into it
for his whole life. He was curator of herps at the Fresno Zoo,
California in the 1980s, but was operating his Center for Reptile
and Amphibian Propagation (clever acronym,
though very inappropriate for representing the quality of his
animals!) back in March 1989 when I took these shots. At
that time, he had just brought in some of the first herps from Madagascar
that had entered the U.S. in decades. The female Parson's
chameleon he's holding was a prime example of the exotic new stock he was
importing. Ron was into acclimating and de-parasitizing all
new animals to achieve a much higher survivorship ratio for those
creatures; in fact, I had to ask him to twirl the perch stick in this
picture so the blue magic marker notation of treatment on the lizard's
other flank didn't show in this view.
The smaller inset picture shows Ron hovering over a single colony of leopard geckos, a species relatively new on the mass production scene just that short time ago. His sex ratio for setting them up then was one male per 80 (count 'em, eighty) females. How'd he ever spot the male in such a tangle of bodies to check on his health? He just looked for the one with the big smile!
C.R.A.P. has emigrated to central Texas now and has specialized in production of herps whose habitat needs click with the local environment to a large degree. He continues to be an innovative force in herpetoculture as he investigates the reproductive potential of new species that may become tomorrow's pets.