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aboutHi!  We're Ryan & Kara Norris, owners of The Blood Cell.  We've been avid animal enthusiasts all our lives, and over the past decade have narrowed down and dedicated our collective focus down to the three species featured throughout this site.  When we're not working with the snakes, you can find us in the AKC conformation ring with our beloved Great Danes, or outside enjoying nature with our family.  We love to spend time hiking, camping, catfishing on the local rivers, and enjoying God's creation where and whenever possible.
We really, really love working with blood & short-tailed pythons, and we're excited to see the expanding interest in these snakes as more and more herpetoculturists experience first hand just how great they are to work with and keep.  To that end, we are always happy to talk shop, share our experiences and help other keepers enjoy these snakes as much as we do.  Please feel free to get in touch with us if we can be of any assistance, or if you just want to talk pythons!  Read on for more info on our herpkeeping experience...
 
Kara. L. Norris...
I'm an animal addict, plain & simple, and have been since early childhood.  While my herp experience as a kid mostly consisted of collecting the local frogs, toads and lizards around my Texas home, I was bound to a strict "no snakes in the house" rule by my parents.  After leaving for college, I quickly amssed a collection of boas, native colubrids, Australian pythons and various lizards.   After several years of locality red-tailed boa snobbery, I saw the light with bloods in the fall of 2000, at which point they quickly became my primary focus and have been ever since. 

All reptiles and amphibians are fascinating to me, and I spent several years working for NERD, gaining a wealth of husbandry experience with a wide range of herps during that time, but keeping bloods and short-tails as the focus of my efforts.  These days I really enjoy my snakes as a hobby and am fortunate to spend time notly working with these beautiful creatures, but helping other herpers to have a great experience with them as well.  Who says nice girls can't like snakes, too?

Ryan Norris...

I've kept all sorts of critters for many years.  My background is in aquatics, and evolved to reptiles as my interests changed.  I kept various monitor species for many years, and eventually was bitten by the snake bug.  Blood pythons became a primary interest nearly 15 years ago, and they have been the pinnacle of my herp collection since that time.  Turtles have always held a big attraction for me, and while I don't keep any at the time, fancy alligator snapping turtles have been some of my favorites in years past.  It's an exciting time to be working with blood pythons, and here at The Blood Cell we hope to represent the very best in captive breeding efforts with these species.