In 1996 I received a Green Iguana (Yoda) as a birthday gift from my then girlfriend, Maryanne. One year later I received my second Green Iguana (Paco). The next five years were spent experiencing all the wonderful things a new Reptile owner can expect. Although I never explored the opportunity of breeding Iguanas I tried to experience everything else there was to enjoy about the species. As the years progressed I found it necessary to part with my cold blooded friends and start a family of my own. I married my incredible wife Maryanne in 1999 and celebrated the birth of my son Tyler in 2000. In 2001 we built our first home outside Orlando and in 2003 we welcomed our second born, Madison Ann. For nearly 12 years I built upon a career with the Walt Disney Company in Orlando but in 2005, cut-backs and hurricanes forced me to load up the family and relocate. The Wife, kids, and myself ended up in Columbia SC where I found my way into a new career with a Software Development Firm. In August of 2010 I convinced the Wife to let me rescue a Leopard Gecko from an owner posting on Craig'slist. She agreed and I zoomed across town to adopt my new Gecko. Once "Neo" was home and had been introduced to the family I found myself, once again, amazed by the world of Reptiles. I quickly learned all there was to know about my new friend "Neo". It's been nearly a year and my Leopard Gecko Neo is still teaching me new things each day. Since adopting Neo I've started a meal worm farm, built custom hides out of polystyrene and grout, taught my daughter's class about the Darkling Beetle life cycle, and so much more. He's truly an inspiration for learning in my family and I look forward to many more years of good times with our Neo, the Leopard Gecko. Catch up with Neo at http://neothegecko.blogspot.com.
Constructing a Naturalistic Desert Vivarium Reptile Enclosure
Objective: To create a modular canyon-styled environment incorporating background, sides, a cool hide, a warm hide and various climbing structures. More