In 2020, Rob Clark decided to purchase a pet Retic as a hobby and soon began considering the possibility of rebuilding his business. Almost overnight, Rob sold his entire collection of bulldogs and began researching the python market, exploring logistical support, and studying new genetics and changes in the hobby. Rob secured a dependable supply of PVC so he could begin designing and building enclosures for himself and for customers. Rob soon realized a lot had changed during his 10 year absence from the hobby. Many advancements had been made in keeping reptiles. When Rob had last owned a python, Facebook didn't exist, and very few people had computers or internet connections, but with the widespread use of social media, the hobby had exploded. People were connecting and networking like never before, and the published information was abundant, but so was the misinformation. Rob quickly realized there was a need for him to openly rejoin the hobby, not only to breed for profit, but to help educate others, and to improve the hobby.
One step at a time, Rob began building the infrastructure and logistics necessary to create and sustain a lasting python and enclosure business and in 2021, Rob was again hatching Reticulated pythons, to include holdbacks and significantly rare genetics. Additionally, Rob had established an extensive rat colony of more than 1,000 rats, and a sizeable flock of feeder ducks and chickens. Rob had also secured a dependable and sustainable never ending supply of feeder pigs. Also, and most significantly, in 2021, Rob purchased a new residence with commercial property type features with enough room for the business to sustain and grow. Also, in 2021, this website was created, launched, and it continues to be further developed, not just for sales, but for education.
2022 saw setbacks and achievements with difficulties in social media when my RCP Facebook page was deleted and thousands of followers were lost, the loss of several animals due to an extremely hot summer or inadequately cooled shop, and also 2022 was the first full year that I worked out of town. The daily commute greatly depleted the time I had available to keep things going and maintain the business. Enclosures were also built for my program, but due to the lack of time, I was forced to postpone building enclosures and racks for buyers, but new hatchling racks were built and put into service here as well as a new incubator. New genetics were purchased, and a colony of feeder rabbits was established.
2023 is just getting started, but some female pythons are gravid while others are breeding. Only time will tell.
What does the future hold? For starters, Rob plans to resume building enclosures for the public very soon. In the coming years, Rob will be retiring from his day job and RCP will become the full-time venture. Rob is always exploring new ways and strategies to build the business to be bigger and better, not just for profits, but for everyone's benefit. Rob is devoted to building the hobby for everyone's enjoyment. Rob continues to be passionate about educating the public about these impressive animals. More information will be added to this website to help spread educational materials concerning husbandry, veterinary care, responsible keeping, and other positive and supportive materials.
In terms of the actual business, plans to expand are evolving with every passing minute. Rob's goal is to produce animals he's never produced before each and every year. Rob is also planning to expand back into breeding Ball Pythons, Burmese Pythons, Blood Pythons, and African Rock Pythons. He may even breed Carpet Pythons and a few other species. Upon retirement from his day job, Rob plans to purchase or build a commercial property devoted solely to the breeding of pythons, the building of enclosures, and the production of feeder rodents. The expected square footage will be 8,000 to 10,000 sq ft. Mostly likely Rob will be hiring at least 1 full-time employee, and possibly a staff of up to 4 employees as things develop.
Rob continues to explore new business strategies and is always looking for new partnerships. He remains open minded to new husbandry techniques and it always looking for better ways to be more efficient and more cost effective, ways to have healthier animals, and for ways to improve not just his business, but also for ways to improve the entire hobby.
Rob is committed to supporting USARK, spreading information, supporting other breeders and keepers, and wants to encourage everyone to be as responsible and respectful as possible with their animals. Rob is a strong advocate for the eradication of mites, and supports and encourages PCR testing for viruses to help stop the spread of disease. When Rob says Expect BIG Things, he is not always referring to just the snakes or enclosures, but is also referring to his many other contributions to the hobby.
Rob Clark PythonsExpect BIG Things Wilmington, NC