My story starts like everyone else. When I was young I was fascinated with nature and everything about it but it was the reptiles that grabbed my attention. It may have been because they reminded me of dinosaurs or maybe just because they were different. Whatever it was I was committed. My dad brought home my first lizard and I was scared and amazed all at once but it wasn't until he brought me home a garter snake that I was hooked for life. I then began moving up the species ladder from a rat snake to eventually picking up burmese python.
The pythons sucked me in immediately. I was amazed by everything about them. I began looking everywhere for any info I could find on them. The pythons held a certain mystic for me. The way they move, the way the eat, everyting about them captivated my interest. I worked with a few of them for awhile and then like most life happened and I traded my Dad his guitar for my snake collection. Throughout my 20's I never let go of my passion and couldn't wait to one day work with snakes again.
In 2000 after I was settled back into life I decided it was time to get another snake and it was the burmese pythons that once again was going scratch my itch. The reptile hobby had changed so much. I remeber walking around my first reptile show thinking what the heck does het mean.
I began putting together a collection of burms and then I wanted to have a collection of a pair of each type of python.That led me to the genus morelia. I soon abandoned the idea of keeping a pair of each type of python and I started researching carpet pythons and my passion was ignited!
In 2008 I picked up a pair of coastals from Jason Baylin at eastcoast serpents. I then decided that carpet pythons were for me. They have such beauty, such variety, such a pallet of colors.
I began to put together my collection of carpet pythons. Hand picking from some of the greatest breeders around. I began to expand my collection to include the other species in the morelia complex.
Like many people, I looked forward to Reptile Radio every week. What a great idea those guys had. Talking about snakes! They made many of my long commutes to work bearable. I would often ask those guys to do some shows on carpet pythons and that got me thinking.
I thought man it would be cool to here a show that focused on some of the less popular species of pythons, like carpet pythons.
I waited for someone to do it and nothing......Finally, I decided to do it myself. I contacted Larry from Reptile radio for some pointers and went full steam ahead.
I couldn't do it myself so I put the word out for a co-host and Owen was the first guy to reach out to me. He lived by me and had more breeding experience then me. It had to be fate.
Morelia Python Radio was born!
We started the show with always keeping the focus on the keepers and breeders and giving them a platform to talk about the species that they keep. Trying all along the way to break down some of the misconceptions about some of the "less popular" species of pythons.