About Us

You shouldn’t need a degree in marine biology to care for your favorite snake or reptile. But there’s so much to learn, and it’s hard to know where to turn for trusted, expert advice. So we did the hard work of collecting the best species, gear, and expert advice so you can spend your time doing more important stuff.

Meet the Team

We’re two brothers dedicated to helping you…

  • Find the best pet snakes, reptiles, or amphibians for your family.
  • Quickly and easily choose the right enclosure and equipment to give your little guy a good home.
  • Get expert tips on the best food and how to care for your new pet at home.

Brian Berchtold - Reptile Ranger

Brian Berchtold

Our resident expert, experienced snake breeder, and reptile keeper

Brian may be the younger brother, but around here he’s the expert on snakes and reptiles.

He’s an experienced breeder of both corn snakes and bull snakes. And he’s been the proud owner of snakes, turtles, and various other reptile species.

When he’s not wearing his signature snake hat, you can find Brian playing with his 3 beautiful daughters, kayaking with his wife Dalila, and fixing things around the house.

Bob Berchtold - Reptile Ranger

Bob Berchtold

Tech support, and learning something new every day

Bob is an accountant who never owned a snake, and had no clue where to begin.

But he saw how excited his little brother gets about his snakes and had to know what all the fuss was about. Bob keeps the website up and running so Brian can send you all his best tips and tricks about selecting and caring for the reptiles in your family.

When he’s not learning about corn snake morphs and bioactive enclosures, Bob is out paddle boarding, mountain biking, or going to concerts in Austin, TX.

How do you find the good stuff?

Our recommendations are made after years of personal experience and thorough research, interviewing, and testing by our team.

We’re like a best-of list for all your pet reptile needs. A quick-start guide to choosing the right animal and getting the best gear so you can go from zero to bringing your new pet home safely in no time.

We take decades of experience from industry experts, and make it so simple even a gecko can figure it out. All so you can focus on enjoying your new pet, and not sweat the details.

What the heck is an affiliate?

Our site is 100% reader supported. That means sometimes when you purchase a product using the links on our site, we get rewarded with a commission from the seller. This helps us keep all the great resources on our site free of charge. You’re never charged extra for this because other companies love it when we recognize them as the best of the best.

Our reviews are still based on personal experience, detailed research, and expert interviews because our readers expect nothing less than the best. So you know you’re getting the best gear anywhere. We also share our judging criteria and the logic behind why we hand selected each item so you can decide for yourself.

What if I don’t see the product I want?

Send us an email or Tweet and let us know. We’re always on the lookout for great products other aspiring herpetologists will love.