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Experience: This mastermind behind DFW Reptarium fell in love with the local wildlife when he moved to Texas at age 10, and it never stopped. He has spent a lifetime perfecting the captive care and husbandry of reptiles. He’s also spent 20+ years as a specialized construction contractor, expertise he applies to building beautiful, custom enclosures for reptiles and amphibians. These mostly self-maintained setups have led to great success breeding Emerald Tree Boas, Sidewinder Rattlesnakes, a plethora of Day Geckos, Leaf-Tail Geckos, and Crested Geckos. He also maintains a large collection of venomous snakes.


Favorite Animal: The Beast, our in-store Tokay Gecko, has been with David for well over a decade. Despite being ornery enough to live up to his name now and again, he is very loved.


Fun Fact: He’s both English and a father of 6 reptile enthusiasts.



Although they grew up in a location without reptiles or many insects, as an adult Hex became fascinated with them, keeping a jungle carpet python as their first snake. After 5 years at DFW Reptarium their interest has shifted to invertebrates, and they are currently focusing on keeping and breeding jumping spiders.


My love for animals started at a young age. From catching toads with my grandpa, to going to Costa Rica on family vacations and spending all my time searching for wildlife in the trees and bushes. I’ve cared for an array of animals in my time such as salt water fish, frogs, chameleons, uromastyx and many small mammals. Steve Irwin was a prominent influence on my views and passion for the conservation of wildlife. I furthered my love of animals in obtaining my bachelor’s degree in Zoology at Oklahoma State University. My favorite animals are frogs. When I am not working with critters I am either hiking or playing/watching sports. The teams I support are the Dallas Cowboys, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Oklahoma State Cowboys and Chelsea Football Club.


“We don’t own the planet Earth, we belong to it. And we must share it with our wildlife.” –Steve Irwin


My name is Marley, and I've only been working at the Reptarium for about 6 months now. Even though I love all reptiles, snakes, specifically colubirds, are my favorite. And California Kings are my all time favorite, having a bias for them because they were my first snake. Other than my Cali, I have a Ball Python, Corn Snake, and a Kenya Sand Boa. I've been keeping reptiles for about 5 years now, but I'm still learning new things every day.


Hello, my name is Vesper. I've been with the store for about 7 years. I've always loved animals and reptiles were no exception. I have a brazilian rainbow boa, biak green tree python, bearded dragon and an assortment of tarantulas at home. I am mainly interested in invertebrates and am happy to talk about them for hours. 


My name is Ash, I've been interested in reptiles my whole life, but I got my first crested gecko at age 18. I have a passion for learning and teaching others about the hobby. Snakes have a special place in my heart, but some of my other favorites are geckos, skinks, millipedes and jumping spiders. I plan to continue to learn and grow with this hobby, even in the realm of scientific specimen creation!


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