By Robyn Markland : Robyn@TheReptileReport.com
The online reptile community has so many great sources of information, enthusiasts have a hard time keeping up with it all. The Reptile Report brings the best, most interesting news and discussions to one place where users can find topics of interest then link to the source sites.
There are more than 100 active reptile forums. Keeping up with them all is an impossible task. As someone who’s been in the industry for 20+ years, I try to keep current with industry happenings and buzz. I used to follow three big forums every day, and I just didn’t have time to follow any more.
The Reptile Report makes it easy for hobbyists and insiders to stay current on a wide variety of topics. I can easily see what’s going on at my “home” ball python site, and I can also see if anything cool or important is happening in the frog, gecko and monitor worlds. All this without changing my home forum or spending hours looking for interesting and important threads. Where I was staying current and posting in three forums previously, I now post in over 40 different forums a week, and all in less time than I spent browsing just three before.
The Reptile Report is exerting a powerful influence in building and tightening the online reptile community.
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Who is The Reptile Report?
Robyn Markland and Chad Brown – Owners
The founders of The Reptile Report, Robyn and Chad also founded ShipYourReptiles.com and Pro Exotics Reptiles. They have more than 20 years of experience breeding pythons, boas, colubrids and lizards. They take great pride in the quality of their reptiles and service they have provided to their reptile customers.
The Pro Exotics facility burned down in Fall 2011. After the nightmare of the fire settled down, Robyn and Chad have had a chance to think about projects they’ve wanted to pursue but haven’t had time for. They are excited to focus their energy, knowledge and experience on The Reptile Report.
Judy Clothier – Chief Editor
Judy has been actively involved in the online herping community since 2004 when she became one of the administrator/owners of Ball-Pythons.net, helping to grow the once small site into one of the largest and most lively communities on the ‘Net. She is married to a Colonel in the USAF and been an active and supportive military spouse for over twenty years. She would tell you where she lives, but by the time you read this, they’ll have probably picked up and moved again.
Emily Cook – Asst. Chief Editor, Banner Ad Sales and Management
Emily has been keeping reptiles since she was thirteen years old. In 2004 she expanded from being a reptile hobbyist with just a few pet reptiles into more serious reptile keeping. She then began breeding ball pythons, rhacodactylus and other geckos, and established her own small reptile business. She is a member of many reptile forums and an owner and administrator of Ball-Pythons.net. In addition to her passion for reptiles, Emily has a B.F.A. in graphic design, which she puts to use doing web design and other online projects.
Petra Clothier – Contributing Editor
Cindy Steinle – Director, The Reptile Report Marketplace
Starting over 20 years ago with her first green iguana inherited from a friend who passed away, Cindy Steinle embraced the reptile and amphibian community as a way of life. Before joining the team at TRR, she was the site coordinator of kingsnake.com, one of the oldest and largest reptile and amphibian communities on the Internet. She is a volunteer with several organizations including her own reptile and amphibian rescue, Small Scale Reptile Rescue, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she works with a number of local shelters, agencies, and organizations to provide rescue services for her community.
Cindy also serves as the vice-president of the Chicago Herpetological Society, is a member of the advisory board of the International Herpetological Symposium, and is an educational volunteer for the International Reptile Conservation Foundation. She keeps a variety of species, including an extensive Morelia python collection and a group of Cylura and Ctenosaura iguanas. She is a noted speaker on the role of women in herpetology and herpetoculture, and also serves on the board of directors of Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue.
Lee McCormack – Product Development Director
Lee has more than 20 years of experience in media and interactive applications. He helped Robyn and Chad build ShipYourReptiles.com, and he helped create The Reptile Report. He continually works to improve these services.
How does The Reptile Report work?
The Reptile Report’s expert staff combs through news and community sites to find the best, most interesting articles, images, videos and threads.
TRR staff creates a post that creates interest in the content found on existing reptile sites. This post will include a banner for the forum or, when possible, an image that draws interest to the post. Readers click to the site where they can see the content or participate in the discussion.
We are not building a community site to compete with existing forums. We have no plans to build a community, and The Reptile Report has no community forum function.
We are not taking content from forums. We are highlighting the best threads and news items from existing communities, sharing them with a wide reptile audience — through titles, commentary, banners, images and links — and sending fresh eyeballs back to the sites to view the actual content we are highlighting. When we use a photo from a site to create more visual interest, we will post a cropped version. Readers must follow the link back to the forum to see the full photo and the content of the thread.
The Reptile Report will make it easy for everyone to stay current on the buzz and happenings in other species and parts of the industry. This helps build the entire reptile community.
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