I have been fascinated with geckos since I acquired my first Gekko gecko pair 34 years ago (I'm old). When I moved to Tucson, Arizona, I studied and photographed Coleonyx variegatus bogerti in the field for several years and decided to primarily work with Coleonyx geckos for most of the 1990's.
In 1995, I launched the Herpetocultural Information Network, which was a reptile information website that allowed me to share my research and available geckos with other reptile enthusiasts.
I stopped working with geckos and other reptiles for a few years to concentrate on my studies at the University of Texas at Austin and University of Houston. I have a B.A. in Literature. My desire to keep and breed geckos intensified during that time, so I launched Geckos Unlimited in 2000. I sold the company several years later, and it is still going strong today. In 2004, I joined forces with Scott Coltharp (Texas Lizard Connection) and Alberto Cadolini (A&M Gecko) to form Rare Geckos. We had one of the most diverse collections of rare gecko species in the country.
A lot has changed in the last several years. I've been married to my lovely wife for 17 years, and we have two wonderful boys. I am a commercial, music, portrait, and nature photographer in Austin, Texas, USA and absolutely love what I do for a living. I've maintained a collection of some interesting species for many years.
Scott Coltharp and I decided to join forces (again) in 2013, and we created Austin Reptile Connection to share our passion for keeping and breeding reptiles. We have full-time jobs, so we really just want our hobby/passion to pay for itself and give us the opportunity to work with new projects and travel the world studying and photographing reptiles.
Recently, I’ve been working on my passion project, which is the North American Gecko Symposium. Please visit the site for details!
I enjoy field herping, exploring the deserts of the Southwestern United States, brewing beer, and catching live concerts when I'm not photographing them.
I first successfully bred leopard geckos in 1995, then soon began breeding veiled chameleons and bearded dragons. I formed Texas Lizard Connection in 1997 and produced stunning leopard geckos, chameleons and bearded dragons.
I decided to go back to school and made the hard decision to pare down the collection to geckos. After graduating, I slowly increased the collection to include Australian skinks, colubrids, and several gecko species. I've pioneered many keeping and breeding techniques for so many species over the years, and I continue to strive to give my reptiles the best possible care and conditions.
I formed a partnership with Nathan a few years ago, and we decided to name the joint venture Austin Reptile Connection.
I am a physician assistant in Central Texas.