Gecko Time has been publishing for nearly 11 years now, and though the article frequency has waxed and waned, we’ve been consistent in bringing you high quality articles, from a wide variety of people about a wide variety of gecko related subjects.
Gecko Time was founded by Matthew Kammerer who has also been the owner of the Gecko Time website, even though his involvement with Gecko Time has decreased as he’s gone on to other adventures. As of this month, Matt has stepped down from Gecko Time ownership.
We are pleased to introduce you to Joshua Barraza, the new Gecko Time website owner and “partner in crime”.
Of course, the best way to get to know Josh is to hear from him yourselves:
Josh, tell us something about your background and interest in geckos
Hi Aliza! First of all I want to say thank you for the warm welcome. My interest in reptiles fully took root when I was about 10 years old and my parents got me a garter snake. I was instantly hooked. Since then I’ve had many lizards, snakes, fish, and pets in general. As for geckos I’ve had leopards (of course), day geckos, tokays, and dune geckos. My favorite thing about geckos is just how many different types exist. I love thinking about all the different niches they fill in our ecosystems – whether it’s insectivores hunting at night or a diurnal species searching for fruit.
Are you involved with reptiles professionally, or is this just a home-based hobby?
It started as a hobby but I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to parlay that interest into a job. I do web development for my own sites (all pet related), for others, and I also own and manage a pet store here in Southern California. In 2018, I acquired GeckoForums.net and merged it with my previous forum, GeckoTalk.com. Since then we’ve been investing in revamping GeckoForums.net so definitely check it out if you haven’t recently! The two businesses definitely keep me occupied and there’s always a new challenge to tackle so I enjoy it. At home right now I’m mostly trying to keep it to tortoises, chickens, and dogs.
What are your plans for Gecko Time now that you are involved?
I’m very excited for what we have planned for Gecko Time. I’d like to get us better integrated with the forum so that readers here can ask follow-up questions on the forums and get the help they need faster. I also would like to give Gecko Time a bit of a face-lift. Maybe a fresh new take on our logo and a more modern theme that is fully functional for mobile browsers (which most of our readers are)!
Beyond that I know we’ve got an exciting list of topics to cover in the coming months as we work up to a more regular publishing schedule. Thankfully the Gecko world is ever-evolving and there’s always new information coming to light and we enjoy bringing that information to the public!
Thanks for letting us get to know you a bit, Josh. We’re looking forward to a long and interesting partnership.
Readers, if there’s anything you’d like to suggest for Gecko Time as it moves toward its 12th year, please feel free to put it into the Comments section.