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How reptiles took over my life!

Hello, Sam here! Many of you know I haven’t been at work for a while as I’m recovering from an operation. I’m well on the mend now but I am missing the shop and customers!

I thought to keep in touch I’d tell you all about how I got into reptiles and about some of my animals at home.

My interest started 11 years ago when I asked my mum to get me a snake for Christmas… she was terrified! Luckily I persuaded her to get over her fears and I was finally allowed my first snake, a Western Hognose. My mum then became so enamoured by her that our collection at home started to grow.

Next, we had a couple of Leopard Geckos and then a Corn Snake that was a rescue. My mum got so involved with our reptiles, she sold her business and after a lot of research and learning she began Sam’s Species Reptile Rescue and Sanctuary.

We now have over 450 reptiles in our home! This includes monitor lizards, iguanas, various dragons, tortoises, snakes all the way up to  big burmese and rock pythons. We also have a lot of arachnids and amphibians. My main passions in the reptile world are big snakes and monitor lizards especially Burmese pythons and Savannah monitors.

I have had a lot of success with breeding reptiles during my time at the shop and also at home. I have bred collared lizards, various geckos, tortoises, chameleons, Rankins and bearded dragons, corns and king snakes and common boas.

Its not just herps in our collection though, we have a few parrots, ferrets, pygmy hedgehogs, dogs and cats as well. I have also had a lot of experience in the parrot world too, being lucky enough to hand rear some very exotic birds.

When I’m not working as the Northampton Reptile Manager, I’m helping mum with all the animals at home, so you could say it has taken over my life!

Below, is a video of me on The One Show with Travis the monitor and some bearded dragons. There are also some pictures for you to have a look at from my home.

Hope to see you all soon,

Sam x


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