An Introduction to Quarantine

This introduction to quarantine appeared on Vancouver Island Reptile Show’s Facebook page on April 10, 2019 and was written by Ryan Moore of Crown Pythons. It is re-posted here with permission.

Today we’d like to talk about quarantine. We’re probably going to talk about it a few times, since it’s very important and many even seasoned keepers don’t put a lot of thought into it.

What is quarantine?

Many people will tell you that it’s about keeping new animals separate and they aren’t wrong but there is more to it than that. Quarantine is also about monitoring your new family member for any possible illness or parasite. While this is primarily a concern with wild caught specimens, which aren’t nearly as prevalent current day as they used to be thanks to breeders providing captive bred specimens, despite the greatest care possible, it’s still possible to bring a little something extra home that’s unwanted.

Remember when you attend an event it’s not just the vendor you deal with, or the vendors around them, but also the people touring the event who have animals of their own at home . We and all our vendors take every foreseeable precaution but quarantining is a very important practice.

We suggest a very barren sterile environment.

We completely understand the rush to get them into the beautiful enclosure you have prepared (because it’s ready to go right? And not an impulse buy?… Well talk about that soon too) but stress that a basic bin, with a water dish and paper towel and no substrate is critical to monitor health and well being for 30 days minimum and much longer for some species.

While we can’t explain total procedures for every species, please, speak to the vendor you are dealing with about what they suggest for quarantine. They will all be willing to give you the info you need to ensure a long and happy life with your new animal friend. Or, to prepare what you need ahead of time, comment or message us and we can give you some preparation tips before you head out to your next show.

Below is an example of a simple, clean quarantine set up.

Notice: Snake Mites Found at Spring Expo

We want to express our gratitude to those vendors and the public who came to the show! This year was record breaking for us, in terms of attendance.

We would like to formally address the fact that snake mites (Ophionyssus natricis) were found on snakes purchased from a vendor who attended our show. We put trust in our vendors to properly treat and quarantine their animals, and to only bring those that are clean and healthy. We do start every Expo with vet checks and have a vet on duty for the entirety of the weekend, but sadly these things can occasionally go undetected.

This is one of many reasons we at the BCRC promote the use of proper quarantine procedures, as there is an inherent risk at any show where animals are exposed that you may bring something back home with you. The concerns have been brought up to said vendor, and the BCRC are diligently working to tighten up how our next shows are conducted to significantly lessen the chance of this happening in the future.

At this time, we urge all vendors who brought their animals, and the general public who took home animals to always carefully examine said animals at your earliest availability, and to reach out to the seller if you have any concerns on the animals care or overall health.

More information on snake mites…

Causes, Prevention, And Treatment Of Snake Mites, Acariasis

Wikipedia’s Entry on Ophionyssus Natricis (snake mites)

Mites On Snake
By Margaret A. Wissman, DVM, DABVP

2018 AGM Happening Soon!

Hello Breeders, Hobbyists, and everyone else visiting.

It’s that time of year again. The AGM is happening on November 3rd. If you are interested in attending, please email for information on how to become a member or to nominate a member for the Board of Directors (you must be a member to vote).
Also, feel free to attend to find out how we are doing, what we are working on, and what we plan to work on in the future. With your support, we can try to tackle almost anything!

Please see the poster for more details on the where and when of our AGM.

Thank you,
BCRC Board of Directors

Membership Perks

We are working hard to find more perks for our members. 

If anyone is interested in offering or discussing a potential perk for members, please contact the Membership Secretary to work out details. 

As it stands, the available perks are:

Discounts on Club clothing
CTC Predator Feed 10th Delivery Free
50% off Expo admissions
Reduced price on tables for vendors at our Expos

Any ideas, thoughts, etc. are appreciated.

Thank you!

2017 AGM updates

Hello reptile enthusiasts!

We held our Annual General Meeting on November 16th, so here is a small update for you all:

The board would like to wish Chris, Brandon, Kelsey, and Fiona luck in the future, and would like to say thank you for everything you have done while being on the BCRC board.

We have a board of 7 this year, with Dee being President, Jude as Secretary, and Sean as Treasurer. Members at Large will consist of Derek, Val, Meghan, and Renee, who will all be just as active as the prime board members. 

On a side note, attendance was rather low for the AGM. Please, consider coming to the next one. We love to hear from everyone, and this is the best place for your voice to be heard. For those that did attend, we promise that you were heard, and we thank you for your contributions and discussions.