Vivid reptiles is owned by Tim and Gerry Gebhard. Employees do not extend beyond family members. Exploring the natural variability of species, and how that variability relates to a specie's environment and behavior, is responsible for the driving passion behind our work. In our minds, an animal's environment and its complex behavioral responses to that environment, truly bring animals to life, "3D" manifestations of beauty with seemingly unlimited potential for exploration. The often inscrutable mind of nature manages this magic amalgam in ways that never fail to delight. Though we do not work with species crosses or albinos and take great joy in exploring naturally evolved forms, we don't take any moral or scientific high ground with those factions of the hobby — it's just not the direction in which our personal bliss lies. Vivid Reptiles does not broker animals, import animals or attend trade shows — all sales are conducted online. All animals featured on this web site are owned (or have been owned) by Vivid Reptiles. Except in very rare circumstances, animals for sale on these web pages were produced by Vivid Reptiles. We have been in the business since 1982. Our DBA is currently filed at the Bandera County, TX courthouse.
All the information contained in this website should be considered purely anecdotal, based only upon observations and direct experience. It has been unexpectedly liberating to put our hard science hats aside for a while. Being lukewarm about current speciation and taxonomy trends in general, we make only a casual attempt to keep current. As a matter of fact, we have come to value the use of common names as they can often contain more information for the layman and certainly more information for hobbyists interested in regional variations within the species and so forth. For a more illuminating taxonomy experience and photos of truly rare and often never seen before Lampropeltis, please see Robert Hansen's most excellent website at: http://www.sierraherps.com/
Vivid Reptiles is located near the extreme Southern edge of the Edwards Plateau of Central Texas otherwise known as the Texas Hill Country. Our location is very rural. Due to legal issues we no longer support on-site visits.
At best, viewing reptile photos on a computer is tricky business. This makes the accurate representation of animals very difficult. True life color representation is affected by accuracy of the photo editors eye, the accuracy in which the camera renders color, the software used by various browsers, the type of computer monitor and the settings of the computer monitor. That's a lot of "stuff" to have working together in perfect harmony. You can reduce the potential mayhem by using high quality cameras and photographic technique, using monitor calibrating hardware and software and proofing colors in different popular web browsers. We have seen this website displayed on numerous computers belonging to various individuals and businesses and the result runs the spectrum from cartoonish colors to pale, desaturated colors. Photographs on this website tend to appear as the latter - pale and desaturated - because of a tonal shift caused by the way many web browsers tend to "lighten" graphics and many, if not most end users have the brightness of their displays turned up too high. We try to shoot down the middle but it is unavoidable - there are too many variables in play to be appear completely accurate on everyone's set up.