About Us

Since we were kids, we both had a huge interest in reptiles and amphibians. When we met at nine years old, that is one thing we liked about each other. We were not afraid of picking up the creatures that some of the other kids our age thought were icky or gross.

As for forming our business, it all started in the spring of 2009. Chris had been researching crested geckos for what felt like forever. He kept talking about how he would like to get one in the future because it was the perfect pet. Their care was so easy. They didn't require lighting, bugs or undertank heating. As babies, they could be kept in something as small as a kritter keeper. They were just really awesome creatures and fit our lifestyle perfectly. After talking to Kodie about crested geckos (again), she finally said "well, why can't you get one right now?" That was enough to convince him.

We searched around for local breeders and ended up going to our first reptile expo in Northern Virginia. While we were there, a certain gecko caught our eye. He was little, spotty, orange and had no tail. He was advertised as a bob-tailed crested gecko, which we knew made no sense. This is where we bought our first crested gecko. A few weeks went by and for some reason he was dubbed "Chester." It just sounded right!

Since that year, our collection has grown tremendously. We have expanded into breeding many species including Correlophus ciliatus, Nephrurus amyae, Nephrurus levis levis, Uroplatus lineatus, Uroplatus fimbriatus, and Hemidactylus fasciata. Our future breeding plans include ball pythons, gargoyle geckos and Uroplatus pietschmanni. We also have experience with savannah monitors, leopard geckos, bearded dragons and red-eared slider turtles.

Not only do we have a fascination with all of the reptiles we keep as pets, but we also have a big purpose for some of our choice of species. Our mission is to breed geckos, specifically Uroplatus, in captivity that are quickly disappearing in the wild and not yet widely established as captive bred in the reptile trade. We reached our first goal with this in 2012. We were able to simulate an environment good enough for our wild caught female and captive bred male Uroplatus pietschmanni to breed. Our female was close to producing eggs in June when she obtained an infection in her follicles and passed away in what seemed like a blink of an eye. We are still very saddened about this situation, but our dream remains to finish what we started.

A majority of our free time is spent researching reptiles by choice. This includes both ones we own, would like to own or just find fascinating in general. We spend a lot of time on reptile forums and classifieds browsing the latest news and sales. This is nothing out of the ordinary to us.

About Kodie

I have always loved reptiles. When I was young, I would get so excited to see an eastern box turtle crossing the road that I could save (heck, I still do). I specifically remember going outside to collect toads and American green tree frogs with my best friends during the summer after a rainy day. It has always been a dream of mine to own red-eyed tree frogs ever since I visited the Rainforest Cafe with my grandparents as a child. I remember doing a lot of research on care, printing out caresheets and assembling them in a binder so I could read them at home, but I could never figure out where to buy one. Boy, have I learned and seen a lot since then.

In May 2013 I graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) with my bachelor's degree in art with a concentration in graphic design. I also have an associate's degree in art and science from the College of Southern Maryland that I received in June 2011.

In my free time, I enjoy graphic design, web design, photography, videography, arts and crafts, soapmaking, playing video games, couponing, cooking, entering contests and giving each of our reptiles special attention and love. :)

About Chris

I am currently a part-time college student studying to get my bachelor's degree in biology with a concentration in conservational and environmental sciences. I have almost received my associate's degree from the Northern Virginia Community College.

Other than reptiles, my interests include philosophy, psychology, playing video games, researching a wide variety of animal species as well as things going on in the world around us.