Personalities- Ron Tremper

Apr 14, 2013
The Reptile Report
by Robyn

The Reptile Report - Personalities- A Media Resource

I have been keeping herps for 55 years and have captive-bred over 150,000 reptiles and amphibians as a private hobbyist, zoo herpetologist and commercial breeder. Many people do not know that my first love are the shells – turtles and tortoises.

Currently breeding ball pythons, corn, king, milk and hognose snakes, leopard geckos, bearded dragons, impressed tortoises and spotted turtles for a global market.

Born, raised and educated in California.

Lived in Cameroon (1973/74) doing freshwater fish culture for the Peace Corps.

Prior to leaving the zoo profession in 1983, I established the Center for Reptile & Amphibian Propagation in 1981 to focus on reducing wild imports through captive breeding.

Noteworthy “world’s first breedings”:

New Zealand Day Gecko (Naultinus grayi) – 1980

Rattleless Rattlesnake, (Crotalus catalienensis) – 1981

Impressed Tortoise, (Manouria impressa) – 2004

Argentine Horned Frog, (Ceratophrys ornata) without hormones – 1981

African Burrowing Bullfrog (Pyxicephalus adspersus) – 1982

Also pioneered the establishment of most of the New Caledonian gecko species, bearded dragons, Veiled chameleons and Panther chameleons in North America for the herp industry in the 1980s.

Trips to Madagascar 1988 and 1989. Nambia 1995. Galapagos 2005. Dozen of trips to destinations like Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, all of Western Europe, Russia, East Africa, Mexico, and Nicaragua making for worldwide networking.

Established a tropical breeding center on the east coast side of Nicaragua (2003-2006) in the town of Bluefields for Red-eyes treefrogs, Boa constrictors (Corn Island and mainland variants) and Black Wood Turtles resulting in great success before the newly elected communist government slowly caused the efforts to collapse.

For over three decades I have been known for my work with Leopard Geckos having recently celebrated my 35th generation of captive-bred bloodlines and unlocking numerous genetic morphs, most notably the Tremper Albino (released in 1999) and the Super Giants (released in 2004).

Have authored many popular articles on herps in various publications and currently do a column called The Tremper Insider for Japan’s leading quarterly herp publication – The Vivarium Guide – and for the online publication Herpetoculture House magazine.

Have co-authored several books out on leopard geckos and chameleons and in 2005 and 2012 released my mastered “big books” on the ever-growing subject of leopard geckos.

Released the first smartphone apps relating to captive herps in 2011 and 2012 – Leopard Gecko Care and Leopard Gecko Pro.

Serving as reptile consultant and herp product developer for United Pet Group (Tetrafauna) since 2007. Recently released the new Deluxe ReptoHabitats – a multi-purpose vivarium designed properly for the herp industry.

Moved our Center and herps to the beautiful Hill Country just north of San Antonio, Texas in 1993 where we enjoy good weather and our own stream containing 6 species of native turtles – it was on top of my “bucket list”.

Since leaving the Fresno Zoo, I have been fully sustained only by captive breeding for over 30 years.

I am available to contribute in these areas:

  • television/video- no
  • radio- yes
  • photography- no
  • video production- no
  • consulting- yes
  • interviews- yes
  • referrals- yes
  • quotes- yes
  • writing- yes
  • hosting- no
  • organization- yes
  • breeding/husbandry info- yes
  • natural habitat info- yes
  • research- yes

I can be reached at Our online presence is and educational videos are offered on YouTube.

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