Para Herpetologica is not merely another business intended for the propagation of captive species.
Para Herpetologica is an ideal; one that insists upon the value of a relationship between humans, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrate animals, which together make up arguably the largest groupings of highly under-appreciated animals of incredible ecological significance. Together, Hayley and I hope not only to be able to deliver to you quality captive bred animals, but to offer you inspiration through photography, field experiences, and an uncompromising compassion for these undervalued animals.
“Para,” a prefix of Greek origins translates to “at, or to one side of, beside, or side by side.” This is but one of many meanings this prefix. Another, is short-hand for paraplegia, which has been a part of my identity since birth. I am still awestruck at how well this prefix appears to be tailored to my life.
Like many reptile enthusiasts, my fascination with herps began about the time I learned to read. In kindergarten I recall having to compete with my brother to read the same few books on exotic animals on library day. When I wasn't in school, I spent my free time catching green anoles (Anolis carolinensis) in my home town of San Antonio, Texas.
I have been breeding ball pythons for over a decade. Currently, I am raising several other less commercially common species of pythons for future propagation. For almost half of this time as a commercial breeder, I have been fortunate enough to have my partner in life, general weirdness, and as of lately, in the captive breeding of reptiles and amphibians.
Her introduction into herpetoculture was nothing like my own. She, like many spent many years afraid of reptiles until one day she chose to no longer accept this fear and purchased three ball pythons of her own. With a background in nursing, equestrian, and veterinary care, she trusted her instincts for the care of those in need were greater than her fear. Thankfully, she was correct.
She has grown into a very capable, compassionate, and competent partner with my endeavors with herpetoculture. Recently, she has taken on the development of our captive breeding operations with an assortment of dart frogs, and tree frogs. In these endeavors she has developed the skills and passion for creating live vivaria including their needs of ecological balance with the use of invertebrates like springtails and isopods. In addition to these pursuits, she manages to tolerate my frequent absences while I pursue my passions in field herping, entomology, and photography.
Thank you for taking the time to read and learn more about us. We hope any time spent with us is time added value.