The Herp Father John F. Taylor


I am known by many names within the County in which I live.  I am known as “the Snake man, the Snake dude, SnakeGuy, The “Real” Dr. Doolittle and finally my personal favorite,

“The Herp Father”

My real name is John F Taylor and I’m an internationally published author on reptiles with several magazine credits, a book, and a few eBooks to my credit. I was raised around animals mostly mammals; it wasn’t until much later I got involved with reptiles, fish, amphibians, and insects much to my mother’s happiness.  I tell people who are curious,

If it’s got scales or tail(s) chances are I know something about it.

I am the former Founder of Southern California Wildlife, I’m often considered an amateur herpetologist. I’m knowledgeable regarding San Diego-based reptiles and their habitat. Additionally, I have extensive decades of experience with exotic species from all over the world. I have worked within the pet industry for over a decade and served as a former Editor for the San Diego Herpetological Society. I’ve personally handled/worked with well over 200 various (some venomous) species. My articles appear in numerous multiple media environments; most recently my articles have appeared within the industry-respected Canadian Reptile Hobbyist, Practical Reptile Keeping, Reptilia Magazine, a renowned European publication and reptile magazine, Reptiles Magazine, Reptiles USA Magazine.

I have also been a featured writer for National Geographic Museum Blog, Northampton Reptile Centre, Toronto Pet Daily, Daily Reptile News, Outbound Family, Haute or Not Pets, and All I also had a weekly column on Inky Fresh Press Tough Love for Freelance Writers for a time. Where I don’t pull punches and hit you below the belt with the realities of getting published.

I have also published “Captive Care of Uromastyx” through T.F.H. My main goal is to educate people living in small environments, primarily apartments, on the unique challenges of keeping a reptile or insect.

“There’s an alarming lack of actionable data on this topic and a lack of information or an abundance of misinformation is impacting the quality of life for reptiles and insects everywhere.”

In October I launched my own reptile internet radio show The Reptile Living Room where I interview experts in the industry. 2011 saw the launch of Herpetoculture House Magazine one of the ONLY, if not the only digital reptiles magazines available.