For those who love ball pythons as much as we do, you’ve come to the right place! For those of you that visit often, we’re glad to see you back. And for those that are first time visitors… Welcome!
If you are a frequent visitor to our site you will notice some big changes. We are very excited to present to you our latest and most innovative website to date. We’ve added some very exciting new features including videos, blogs and an expanded Collection page featuring over 300 designer morphs.
At Markus Jayne we specialize in ball pythons and producing some of the worlds most beautiful morphs. Recently we’ve expanded our collection to include Columbian Boas as well. A few years ago we invested in some of the most sought after morphs in the Boa industry and this year we will be producing some outstanding boa morphs. Our boa division’s official name is iCandyBoas and a new website is being developed under the name iCandyBoas.com. In the meantime they can be found here.
To see everything that this site has to offer, take the first step and explore away. We’ve tried to make our web site pleasing to the eye, easy to navigate and informative.
We hope you enjoy your visit.
Our philosophy is simple. Buy the best. Breed the best. Provide the best care. Sell the best. Completely satisfying and exceeding our customers expectations is our ultimate goal.
I am very particular about the snakes I purchase and more importantly, sell. We are very proud of the collection we have compiled and feel fortunate to be on this path. I always say, “Nothing great is ever accomplished without passion, perseverance and pride”. Along with that comes hard work! And if there is anyone out there that thinks for a minute that this is easy you are gravely mistaken! Nothing good ever comes easy. But damn this is fun!
Markus Jayne is a combination of both my wife’s names and mine. My name is Mark and my wife’s name is Jayne. My friends always call me Markus, so hence the name…Markus Jayne. We thought it had a nice ring to it. Together we have 3 children, 2 Bengal cats and two German Shepherds. We also have another successful business that we started in 2003. It’s a Pilate’s Studio run by Jayne and it is called Jayne Markus Studio 2 located on Peterborough, Ontario.
After several years of investing and producing ball pythons I decided to make a life changing decision. In the summer of 2004, I quit my job of 9 years as a commercial producer and started doing this full time. It was a decision that was hard to make but also the best move I have ever made in my life regarding work.
Who would have ever thought that a simple request from my daughter for a pet reptile would have led to this? In the fall of 1999 I walked into a local pet shop to look for some suggestions. I soon discovered that I had many choices. However, the one reptile that kept popping up was a ball python. They had one on display and when I held it for the first time all my childhood memories of countless hours of snake hunting came back to me. I was 44 at the time and my childhood was a very distant memory. The rekindling my passion was never thought of. But there I was holding this magnificent snake. It was big. It was strong and it was already SOLD! Wait a minute…this is for my daughter! Stay focused!
I’m a bit of a research fanatic and as soon as I got home I jumped head first onto the Internet. I searched out every herp site I could find which quickly led me to kingsnake.com. I looked everywhere for a ball python, seeing that my pet store wasn’t planning on getting more in for at least a few months. I talked to many breeders in the United States without any luck. I just wanted a normal and shipping was too complicated. Some were very helpful and some were not.
Soon as I though my search had hit a wall I did another search and found a breeder here in Canada. Even better, they were located 20 minutes from my home and they had two baby ball pythons for sale! I’m a man of action and without delay I called them and drove to their facility. It was a home hobby business and they had many reptiles and assorted pets. When I was shown the babies I was smitten. Damn were they cute. I drove home a proud owner, or should I say my daughter was, of 1.1 banded ball pythons. Actually the female was mine! Mine I tell you!!!!
I was completely taken by these magnificent little snakes. Their friendly personality and gentle disposition was irresistible. What I had discovered was, and still believe to be, the perfect pet snake…the perfect pet of the future. It was only days before I had 2 more in my collection.
As you can imagine our quest did not stop there. In a relative short period of time I was able to put together a very impressive group of ball pythons acquired from some of the top breeders in the nation, Greg Graziani, Pete Kahl, The Snake Keeper and Upscale Reptiles to name a few.
However, the one thing that I did encounter in my quest for stock was frequent disappointment. Most of the breeders in my country, Canada, didn’t have any stock for sale or any morphs to speak of. I was on the hunt for quality morphs and breedable females. I encountered a lot of scammers. I would make arrangements to purchase snakes described as one thing, but turned out to be very poor specimens. They were skinny, small and covered in ticks and mites! I couldn’t believe how many people were trying to sell me wild caught yearlings as proven breeder captive breds! It was appalling to say the least.
I quickly figured who were the good breeders in this industry and started to compile our collection. I always tried to but the best example of any snake I could buy. We always try to stay ahead of the curve as well by investing in new genes and only the best examples of these morphs.