A lot of cold-blooded animals can be encountered in the H.E.R.P. headquarters! This, ofcourse, regularly leads to offspring.
The H.E.R.P. is committed to regularly start up new breeding projects. These are obviously no average projects with average animal species!
The H.E.R.P. is aware of the strong saturation of the market with commonly kept and bred species of herpetofauna. The saturation of the market contributes to the fall in general prices for certain species. Because of the plummeting of certain prices, some people are more likely to purchase animals out of impulse, which often leads to a lot of animal suffering. This leads to the fact that the most commonly bred animals are more often the victims of being dumped or neglected. Because of these low prices, living animals are quickly regarded as 'disposable articles'.
It is for this reason that the H.E.R.P. refrains from breeding with the most commonly kept species and focuses on the breeding of rarer groups, animals that are disadvantaged in the wild by habitat destruction or illegal collection, as well as endangered species.
Below you can see the current, special breeding projects of the H.E.R.P..
Species: Diplometopon zarudnyi
Origin: Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Oman
This worm lizard is only successfully kept in captivity by a few keeprs around the world. The H.E.R.P. strives to be the first in the world to record a reproduction in this species.
Species: Acrochordus granulatus
Origin: Southeast Asia
This completely aquatic snake is regularly imported, but often does not survive the first few months in captivity. The H.E.R.P. examines the behavior of this species in captivity and has succeeded in breeding these animals in the past (2015). Most likely we were the first in the world to accomplish this. We are currently not working on this project.
Species: Lygodactylus williamsi
Origin: Tanzania (Kimboza rainforest)
The population in the wild of this colorful day gecko has deteriorated in recent years due to excessive illegal collection. This has made it a highly endangered species (Critically Endangered IUCN). The H.E.R.P. has a captive breeding group of these animals.
Species: Lanthanotus borneensis
Origin: Borneo, Malaysia
The earless monitor is a rare, semi-aquatic lizard species that is under enormous pressure due to habitat destruction. The habitat of this species is being cut down for palm oil plantations. The species was also often taken from the wild for the exotic animal trade. Today the species is on CITES App. II and specimen that are kept in captivity are scarce. The H.E.R.P. works together with both Dutch and Italian colleagues in a breeding project with this species.
Species: Aneides lugubris
This tree salamander is a unique amphibian, which is rarely bred in captivity in Europe. Their sensitivity to temperature and humidity, as well as their strictly seasonal breeding cycle, makes it a difficult species to breed. This salamander lays eggs on the land. Due to the absence of water, the young fully develop inside the egg and therefore have no larval stage.
Species: Varanus macraei
Origin: Batanta, Indonesia
Blue tree monitors are unique, tree dwelling lizards. The H.E.R.P. has a beautiful pair of this lizard species and tries is aiming to breed these animals in the coming years.