Photograph by Alex Bateman

I live in London, work with numbers and spend most of my time studying Natural Sciences (Biology) with a focus on amphibians and reptiles.

I have always been fascinated by the natural world. To be honest, I very often find animals much easier to understand than some humans. As a child, I used to spend my summer holidays helping out at my uncle's vet clinic - and the rest of the year nagging my parents for an 'unusual' pet. 

This website (formerly 'Dooferette Herpetology') started off as a way to share my thoughts on different animal and human matters. Today, it is much more than that. It gives me the opportunity to exchange knowledge, ideas and recommendations with people from all over the world. If you'd like to see my little ones, follow me on Instagram - I certainly share more photos of them than I should!

I hope you find this website useful or, at the very least, mildly entertaining. Do get in touch if you have any questions or feedback. Please note that unless indicated otherwise, all photographs on this website are copyright protected and may not be copied or reproduced without permission. 

The story of evolution is more dramatic, more compelling, more intricate than any creation myth. Yet like any creation myth, it is a tale of transformations, of sudden and spectacular changes, eruptions of innovation that transfigured our planet, overwriting past revolutions with new layers of complexity. The tranquil beauty of our planet from space belies the real history of this place, full of strife and ingenuity and change. How ironic that our own petty squabbles reflect our planet’s turbulent past, and that we alone, despoilers of the Earth, can rise above it to see the beautiful unity of the whole.
— Dr Nick Lane, 'Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution'.