Hello, I’m Darren Miller and I’m 21 years old. Like all of us who are into keeping reptiles I am passionate about my animals and and happy to share my experiences with other reptile keepers. It all started for me around 6 years ago. I had always had a real fascination with reptiles since a very young age but my mum had said wouldn’t let me have any until I was 15 years old! I waited and waited for years dreaming about having my very first pet reptile!
Finally my 15th birthday came along and I had been doing my research on leopard geckos.
A friend of mine had a royal python and he recommended that I should visit the Northampton Reptile Centre. As soon as I got to the NRC shop I could not believe how clean it was, how healthy all their reptiles looked and the sheer choices of reptiles. I was a beginner but the staff were friendly and keen to help. They answered all of my questions no matter how stupid they were at the time and I left that day with two beautiful leopard geckos and a massive smile.
After some time and research, I decided to move on and get went to the NRC to get my very first corn snake.
Since then, over the years I have kept and even rescued a number of different types of snakes, lizards and even scorpions, my love for reptiles continues to grow every day I spend with them. As the years have gone on my ever growing collection of reptiles and knowledge seems to get bigger, they are like an addiction haha!
So far this year I have been very successful in breeding my corn snakes and have 10 eggs in the incubator and by the looks of things more eggs on the way from my other female corn and possibly some of my other species of reptiles like my royal pythons. This is the first year that I have gone out to bred any of my snakes as I have only bred leopard geckos in the past, so its a very exciting time for me.
In the future I would love to go more into breeding snakes particularly royal pythons and the more expensive morphs, although I just love royals as they are. Some people tend to buy the special morphs just because they are the ‘in thing ‘and there can be a lot of money to be made from breeding them. Personally, I only keep and breed reptiles for the love and enjoyment of my animals.
I’m not sure where I will end up in the future, I would love to work with reptiles everyday. I can see myself doing something that involves working with reptiles not just as a hobby at home but as a full time job. We shall see what happens in the coming years.
I would just like to say a big thank you for reading and a big thank you to all the staff at Northampton Reptile Centre who started this fantastic hobby for me, I will look forward to seeing you soon!