We are Sami and Mason, and together we are Mason Exotics
We met in 2006, and soon discovered a shared love of animals. Sami already had a few pets, and on one of our trips out to a local reptile shop, we bought a pet Yemen Chameleon, who we named Karma. Soon after this we bought our first Leopard Gecko.
We realised we had both always wanted a pet snake, and a friend of Sami’s that she worked with bred them. So we bought two. Two days later we went back for another one for Mason!
Around a week or so later, we bought our first Boa – a Columbian x Brazillian Rainbow Boa. From here we knew we were addicted!
We decided we wanted to try breeding them, so invested in some higher end Corn Snake morphs, who were not quite ready, so carried on growing them on steadily.
In 2008 we bred our first Corn Snakes, Isis the Snow Corn laid 12 healthy eggs, and we kept one of the females. We sold all the rest, and people were asking for more!
For a while we bred Leopard Geckos. They bred so successfully that we were producing more than we were selling, holding back our favourites for future breeding. Our live food supply then became unreliable, so we made the decision to sell the collection. If we can not reliably feed them, we could not justify keeping them. It was a hard decision, but we felt it was the right one.
Each year our collection grows, as we work towards new breeding projects. Some are long term, others shorter term, but we grow our animals steadily, never rushing them towards breeding.
Over the years we have kept and bred many animals, from snakes (including Royal Pythons, Corn Snakes, Dwarf Boas, Brazilian Rainbow Boas) to Leopard Geckos, African Pygmy Hedgehogs and Spiny Mice. We also had Bosc Monitor Lizards and a Tegu called Stig!
In 2014, we started breeding people. A little girl came along, and we decided to cut right back, being as the snakes we had were so time consuming. We couldn’t quit completely though, and we have plans for breeding in the future.
We look forward to the challenge that breeding animals brings each year, and hope to continue in some capacity for many years to come.