About Us

A brief summary of our history, our support staff, and the organizations to which we belong, written by the owner.

Each and every order you place with us plants one native tree in Madagascar, regardless of what you purchase.

Our History

Fortunately, I was introduced to the fascinating world of reptiles and amphibians at an early age. As a youngster, at any one point in time, you could find five or more terrariums in my room containing anoles, iguanas, snakes, plated lizards, tree frogs, newts, monitors, toads, frogs, bearded dragons, geckos, turtles, and salamanders.

In fact, I used to pay for all the animals I kept by mowing lawns and selling baseball cards. I would then ride my bike to the drug store, get a money order, and mail it to whichever reptile company I was ordering from at the time. Those were days that helped form the bedrock of a lifetime zeal for reptiles and amphibians.Our Support Team

Our nearly 3,000 square foot facility is brimming with successful breeding projects, healthy animals that are well cared for, and a supportive staff of individuals who are also passionate about reptiles, including…

Amanda
If you e-mail us at any given time, you’ll be communicating with one of three people—and Amanda is one of them. She’s been an absolutely fantastic addition to our team, and has a rock star work ethic. Her favorite pet is her anerythristic Savannah monitor “Nyke,” who is never far from her, even at the office.

Amanda enjoys snakes, tarantulas, and a variety of other critters. She’s also a video editing expert, and will be the brains behind our upcoming YouTube video channel. Here she is with our resident 5-foot Colombian red tail boa.Meg
There’s also a good chance that Meg will be on the other end of an e-mail you send to us. She’s been a very welcome addition to the Backwater team, with experience in customer service, a cheerful attitude, and of course a love of animals.

She’s taken a real liking to some of our eight-legged critters and is really enjoying raising her young Antilles pink toe, “Manson.” She also cares for a Ball python at home, which her whole family enjoys.

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Sam
The owner and resident chameleon breeder, Sam recently hatched-out 39 Yellow-lip Parson’s chameleons after 577 days of tedious incubation, which is the first time this has occurred on the continent. He’s hatched-out 24 chameleon species in all, as well as countless Leopard geckos, Box turtles, and more.

Sam previously worked at Apple corporate for eleven years as a financial modeler, creating complex predictive forecasts for the online organization. His work brought him around the world, from Beijing to Ireland, but he always had time to care for, breed, and monitor his reptiles.

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Chelsey
When it comes to social media, Chelsey is our resident phenom. Our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, as well as our reptile blog and weekly newsletter, are all managed by her, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the job she’s doing. She’s our lead marketer and resident photographer.

Chelsea was surrounded by reptiles growing up and kept a Corn snake for many years. Her family even had a six-foot Green iguana that roamed the house freely. She has a particular fondness for our resident Leucistic Ball python, which she’s pictured holding to the left.
Our Memberships

Backwater Reptiles is a proud contributing member of the International Reptile Conservation Foundation, as well as a USARK Gold member ($1,000+ donation level), and a member of USARK’s Policy Advisory Panel. We highly encourage all reptile and amphibian hobbyists to join both of these top-notch organizations as it’s more important than ever to take a stand on all fronts. We also plant one native tree in Madagascar for each and every order in our customer’s place.