This week I had the privilege of speaking with creator and owner of Balls2U Gavin Adkins. Gavin is well known not only for his eye catching and stunning collection of ball pythons but for his extremely informative YouTube channel.

Gavin's insight and knowledge in the reptile community has led to him becoming one of the most well known breeders in the UK.

Here are a few things we spoke about.

Q. How did you first get in to the hobby and what was your first reptile?

A. My first reptile was a corn snake and like most people had I had a fascination for cold-blooded animals. I was around 10 years old when I started keeping reptiles.

Q. Do you think there is anything missing from the hobby or can be improved on?

A. The one thing I think we are missing in this hobby is transparency. By educating people who are looking to buy a reptile, this will help make this improvement. Helping people ask the right questions when purchasing a reptile from a breeder.

Q. Are you making any changes when breeding this year with regards to temperature, bedding, incubation ect…

A. This year, with my first clutch I raised the incubator temperature higher as a few breeders have noticed that they run higher temperatures and have hit higher ratio of females. I did not notice any significant change due to the ratio in the sex of the clutch, so I drop my temperature back down to my standard settings.

Q. If someone was looking to get there first breeding pair, what would you recommend they work with?

A. I always recommend make what you like so if it's a bumblebee then get a pastel and spider, but always go for what you like.

Q. Are you planning to add any new genes to your collection any time soon?

A. I think it's important to always add new additions to your collection to help grow your projects and also introduce fresh blood lines. This year I have my eyes Set on a few new genes, but at the minute I'm just keeping a lid on them.

Q. What has been your longest project?

A. The axanthic clown Project...... I have had all the ingredients for years and I still haven't started it yet haha.

Q. Can you see yourself opening a pet shop in the future?

A. Not so much a pet shop but more of a reptile zoo for educational purposes.

Q. Do you plan to work with any other species?