The human

Photograph by Alex Bateman

I live in London, work with numbers and am passionate about reptiles and amphibians. This has led me to spend most of my free time studying Biology with a focus on Herpetology and Batrachology.

I have always been fascinated by the natural world. I find that often times, animals are easier to understand than most 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. It also allows me to share what, I believe to be, the best sources of accurate information regarding the care of captive bred reptiles and amphibians. If you'd like to see my little ones, just scroll down a bit further or 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. 

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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'.

The Little Ones

The husbandry of exotics usually requires a huge amount of research, time, dedication and determination.  Unlike most widely kept pets, these creatures often have very specific needs. It is no surprise, therefore, that they tend to be abandoned by their human keepers before they even reach adulthood. I am lucky enough to belong to three amazing little creatures that I absolutely adore. They can be demanding at times, but caring for them is one of the most gratifying experiences of my life and I would have it no other way.

Mushu, the Bearded Dragon

Mushu is a 3 year-old Bearded Dragon. He is not a fan of veggies and, to make sure his human understands this, he will often defecate on any pot of veggies placed in his territory. He's had a few health issues including having his tail amputated but is now a healthy and happy little dragon.

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Mukki, the Corn Snake

Mukki is a 2 year-old Anerythristic Corn Snake. She is extremely sweet tempered and a great eater. With time she has become more comfortable in her set-up, often gifting us with a glimpse or two of her doing her 'thang'. Her favourite sleeping spot has turned out to be an x-box controller box.

 

Casper, the Hedgehog

Casper is a 1.5 year-old African Pygmy Hedgehog. He is very cheeky and takes full advantage of his cuteness. He hates being woken up and will often become very grumpy. He is not a morning hog. Not to worry however, as he can always be bribed into sweetness with a few mealworms.