Philip Patton’s fascination with reptiles, like most reptile enthusiasts, began at a very young age. He started with catching Box Turtles, Corn Snakes and Anoles in Fort Benning, Georgia, at the age of 12, and progressed to keeping and breeding colubrids, arboreal boids/pythons, and geckos. In recent years he’s primarily focused on tri-colored kingsnakes, milksnakes and geckos. He enjoys working with uncommon species in his collection, with a goal of producing them in captivity to prevent over collection of wild populations, and to maintain these species in captivity so they will be available if they are no longer in the wild. His other hobbies are kayaking, fishing, and of course, fishing from a kayak!
Keeping Microgecko persicus euphorbiacola
In 1999 during one of my frequent visits to the East Bay Vivarium in Berkeley, Ca., I came across a group of geckos labelled as wild-caught Tropiocolotes persicus for $12 each. I bought a group of 6 after being told that they like it around 100ºF plus and dry. Needless to say, I eventually lost three of them to faulty husbandry information and lack of personal experience. After having discussions with other gecko keepers, I realized my errors in their care. More