is my story in a nutshell. I was born in 1967
into an animal loving family. By the time I was
ten years old, I was completely hooked on reptiles.
I would go out and collect any kind of herp I
could find, turtles, lizards and most definitely
snakes! My bedroom was full of tanks and makeshift
containers for all my "wild" pets. I
worked off and on at the local pet shop for supplies,
not money. I would also work for animals, at the
monitors, skinks, and ball pythons were my favorites.
This passion for reptiles lasted into my teens
and right into adulthood. I can not remember as
a kid or a teen ever not having a room full of
and it is still that way now! I
graduated from high school in 1985. I took a vocational
class for carpentry in my eleventh and twelfth
grade year, I did very well in carpentry class
and found out that I really
did like working with my hands. I was able to
land a job doing interior "finish carpentry"
work in Washington D.C. This is where I honed
my carpentry skills and figured this is what I
was going to do for money for the rest of my life.
I loved it, and got very good at it. Soon my boss
let me (A Kid) run the whole job, he laid major
responsibility on me and I liked it.
I decided to have my own business cards made up
and passed them out to different builders that
were local to where I lived. I was still working
for someone else at the time, well I started getting
work from the builders. I was doing subcontractor
work on the weekends and working my real job on
the weekdays. Work came to me by the boatloads,
and I could hardly keep up, so I quit my job in
1987 and went out on my own. It was I and my main
man Rob who has been with me since I started.
We have been doing it ever since.
The Construction Company had been so profitable
through the years that I was able to invest money
into other things. First thing I did was open
up a hair salon for my wife, she was a beautician
at the time and she had been managing a salon.
So I asked her what she thought of having her
own hair salon. She said "sure", so
we built her a great salon to own/operate. This
I was able to keep my wife happy, while I was
wanting to diversify and do other things.
lets get down to Ralphie boy. The same shopping
center that my wife's salon was in had a vacancy.
All I could think of is how great a reptile store
would be there. I knew I could do it, I had the
knowledge, and I always wanted to do a pet shop
the "right way". I signed a lease with
in a few days and opened a store called "The
Green Iguana". I sold captive-bred reptiles
there only. This was not easy to do, I was only
breeding lizards, colubrids and common boids at
the time. I needed help stocking the store with
great animals. That is when I started getting
involved with the various
breeders. I needed their animals to stock my store.
Where did I find them?
magazine, when I started getting into all the
ads in that magazine and seeing what was available
and what truly spectacular animals were being
bred in captivity I was floored! That magazine
just opened my eyes as to what I wanted to do
next! I knew I could breed reptiles, all I had
to do was invest wisely and I could probably make
a good living at it. That is what I did. First
thing I had to do was to sell my retail store,
this was 3 years after I first opened it. I was
able to sell the store and get what I put into
it back out, so I felt very good about that, plus
I was able to get some great connections in the
I began to build a collection of "High End"
boas and pythons that I'm very proud of, and I
did it all with my own money. Money
that I have worked hard for my whole life and
it paid off. I was made to make things happen
for myself and the snakes are just another level
I have achieved. I love more than anything to
work with my boids, and it gives me much pleasure
to be able to work with all the "Mutations".
It has taken me years of trials and errors to
get where I'm right now, and I'm still learning
ever day. But I have been able to build a collection
of boas and pythons here that I believe are second
site and you will see all the "mutations"
and "projects" I am working on. It is
so exiting to have so many unproven projects to
work with, and the thrill of the hunt when trying
to locate the next "New Morph" in Africa!
There is nothing better than hatching out surprises!
I hope you enjoy my site and I thank you for showing
interest in my animals.
feel free to contact
me anytime about pricing and availability.
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