The Reptile Report - Personalities- A Media Resource My name is Ben Renick and like many other reptile enthusiasts my passion for reptiles started when I was young! I have been keeping...
Personalities- Judy Clothier
The Reptile Report - Personalities- A Media Resource
I’m a small fish in a very big pond, but I have a unique perspective to offer about our herping community. I didn’t grow up surrounded by reptiles, but I did disappoint many young boys who tried to scare me with the frogs and snakes they would catch. Instead of running away screaming, I’d ask to hold them. I remember wanting a pet snake as a child, but my father didn’t like snakes and wouldn’t allow it.
Fast forward to adult years, married with children. My daughter fell in love with Steve Irwin and Jeff Corwin and decided she had to grow up to be a herpetologist. Her enthusiasm reignited my childhood interest and I set about convincing my husband (who didn’t like snakes any more than my father had) that she should have a pet snake to encourage her interest in this scientific field.
In 2003, I began researching a variety of snakes that might be appropriate as a first pet for a ten year old girl. That research took me to two online sites that I spent a lot of time with. First was Kingsnake.com and then a brand new site called Ball-Pythons.net. These forums were instrumental in both learning about the variety of snakes available and how to care for them, as well as fanning the sparks of interest into something akin to a wildfire.
In the spring of 2004, I and three other partners took over ownership and control of Ball-Pythons.net (BP.net), and I’ve been at the helm ever since, watching the site grow from a hundred members to well over 30,000.
What makes my perspective unique is that I don’t approach reptiles from a business point of view, but that of an ordinary pet-owner. I’ve gone from owning one snake in 2003 to owning a total of five snakes today. My husband is a Colonel in the USAF, and we’ve moved a lot in the last 23 years of service. His general distaste for snakes coupled with the logistical restrictions of frequent cross-country moves and never knowing what the future may hold, has greatly limited the number of animals I can care for.
Over the years, I’ve channeled my desire for more scaly pets into a passion for helping others to learn how to care for them properly. That is the primary mission of BP.net. We don’t earn any money from the site. Advertising and other incomes from donations all go for the support of the site.
In 2011, I began helping Robyn Markland and Chad Brown with the development of The Reptile Report and was hired on as Chief Editor for the site. This opportunity has opened up a whole new world of reptile forums to me, and given me a new and powerful way to serve the community that I’ve grown to love so much over the years.
In addition to my duties as an owner/administrator of one of the largest reptile forums on the Internet, I now have my fingers on the pulse of the vast majority of English speaking herpetological forums around the world. But I’m just an ordinary housewife. I’m a mom. I’m a military spouse of 23 years and counting. I own a small handful of pet snakes. There are more of us “ordinary” reptile enthusiasts out there than anyone imagines.
I am available to contribute in these areas:
- television/video- yes
- radio- yes
- photography- no
- video production- no
- consulting- yes
- interviews- yes
- referrals- yes
- quotes- yes
- writing- yes
- hosting- no
- organization- no
- breeding/husbandry info- no
- natural habitat info- no
- research- yes
I can be reached by email.@ the online source