Q: What happened to www.bluegorgon.com?
A: Over the years circumstances, and I, have changed. I wanted to start fresh with more of a focus on my other works. Breeding beauty snakes isn't something I've ended up persuing. I still intend to work to promote them and the wonder of the serpent world in general and remain happy to answer questions to help new herpers find their way! It's just not my primary focus these days. But you can still find the old care sheet on my new blog and linked at the bottom of this page!
Q: Since you don't breed Elaphe taeniura ssp where can I find one?
A: I recommend keeping an eye on your local reptile expos and researching reputable breeders online when you see baby beauties crop up. I haven't kept up with the herping community as much as I'd like, so I can't tell you who is guaranteed to have them. I wish I knew!
Q: What does Blue Gorgon mean?
A: Blue is my favorite color as well as my name. It's the hue of the sky, of the sea and in general a tranquil color rich with symbolism. Outside of those examples it's also rare in nature which made it an uncommon color in ancient art. Only with time and innovation has it slowly become more and more visible to the world. I find that both beautiful and achingly relatable. Everywhere yet only recently truly gaining visibility.
Gorgon refers to Medusa and her sisters.
I could go on and on about the reasons I'm obsessed with Medusa. The symbolism, the beauty, the history, the implications... but I'll try to keep it short here. I've never understood how someone based off of such a beautiful animal could be 'ugly' and when you really consider her story she is a tragic figure. She and her sisters fled to live in seclusion after being transformed then, one day, Perseus shows up and, for reasons unknown to Medusa or her sisters, he cuts off her head and takes it with him.
I've long had a weakness for misunderstood monsters, ancient cryptids, and fabled mysteries of the ancient world that bleed into modern times... the legends, folklore, and stories that inspire us and make the world a more interesting place. I want to share the beauty I see there just as I want to show snakes for the shy, mythic, and beneficial creatures they really are.
""Monster" is derived from the Latin noun monstrum, “divine portent,” itself formed on the root of the verb monere, “to warn.” It came to refer to living things of anomalous shape or structure, or to fabulous creatures like the sphinx who were composed of strikingly incongruous parts, because the ancients considered the appearance of such beings to be a sign of some impending supernatural event. Monsters, like angels, functioned as messengers and heralds of the extraordinary." ~ Susan Stryker