An amazing encounter with a Pacific Pond Turtle (Actinemys marmorata)
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jonel Lopez, I am a Husband, a Father, a Nurse, and a Herpetoculturist/Reptile Hobbyist. I grew up in Manila, Philippines and moved to the U.S. in 1993. I am currently living in warm and sunny Gilroy, California (A.K.A. The Garlic Capital of the US).
At a very early age, I have always been fascinated with animals in general, and my father had a huge influence on me from the very beginning. He was born and raised in a farm in my native Island of the Philippines and even though he had moved to the city to study and work as an engineer, and to raise his family he would take me back to his hometown every week. He managed his family’s small aquaculture business, which consisted of mainly milk fish, tilapias, and fresh water prawns. He started taking me with him as soon as I could walk. During these weekly trips, my cousin and I often went to a small patch of untouched wilderness teaming with native fauna, gathered wild fruits, and climbed small trees to observe wildlife. We frequently found water monitors, mabuya lizards, reticulated pythons, and various animals during these excursions. I still smile when I remember those days when I used to be chased by wild pigs and get attacked by tree ants. As a child, I also used to have various types of pets such as turtles, fish, wild fowl, native birds, and goats. Ever since then my interest in animals never faded and is still growing stronger.
I have been involved with herpetoculture since 1994 and I had my first breeding success with Corn Snakes and Variable King Snakes in 1996. Although I've been working with snakes for over 20 years now, I still find find myself learning more about my animals, new husbandry methods and techniques. I also try to learn about animals I don't keep and those that I find and encounter in the wild. Aside from hard work and dedication, I thank and owe it to those experienced field herpers, herpetologists, and herpetoculturists for making it possible for me to be where I am right now. Thus, I would like to share all what I learned to those who have the same interests or have the thirst for knowledge, and to reach out to others about the positive aspects of my unique hobby.
Since I consider keeping and breeding snakes as only a hobby and not a full fledged business, I intend keep a few high quality and select specimens of the animals that I work with in order to keep the collection small and manageable. Having a small snake collection allows me to provide adequate care and attention to every animal, which I consider as a beloved pet.
I hope you enjoyed my Selective Propagation's website and thank you for visiting. Don't hesitate to call,text, or email me to ask questions. I'd be happy to help in any way that I can.
Me field herping and finding a Pacific Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer catenifer)