Who's Behind The Reptile Room? 🦎

We’re on a mission to help herpers, keepers, and curious people learn more reptiles. 

We believe increased knowledge and awareness of reptiles, both wild and pet, will create a society that’s more compassionate, informed and understanding when it comes to our scaly friends. 

For literally thousands of years, reptiles have been seen in a “less than ideal” light…to say the least. Our goal to share interesting, educational and trustworthy content to help active reptile keepers gain a deeper understanding of their reptiles while still sharing fun content that helps curious people learn more about all things reptile. 

We work with zoologists, biologists, veterinarians, experienced keepers and more to bring you the best content possible

Meet Our Veterinarians 🩺

Dr. Gina Ushi Phillips, DVM

Dr. Georgina “Gina” Ushi Phillips is a seasoned veterinarian based in Florida. With over ten years of emergency clinic experience. Learn more…

Dr. Mohsin Iqbal, DVM

Dr. Mohsin has been practicing veterinary medicine for half a decade and loves helping reptile owners learn more about their pets. Learn more…

Meet Our Reptile Experts 🐢

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Christian "Alec" Jarboe, MS

Alec is a herpetologist with extensive experience working with crocodilians, venomous snakes, hylid frogs, turtles, and more. Learn more…

Amelia Weissman, MS

Amelia has her Master’s in marine biology and is a member of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH). Learn more…

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Jack Emery, BS

Jack has loved all things nature for as longa s he can remember and now he’s made that a career while living in Costa Rica. Learn more…

Jessica Warning, Veterinary Technician

With years of experience in the animal husbandry field caring for companion animals (birds, reptiles, rodents, fish, cats, and of course dogs), Jesscia began her venture into the veterinary field and has been gaining experience as a vet technician since. Learn more…

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Marissa Jacky, Veterinary Technician

Marissa Jacky is a Registered Veterinary Technician with over 7 years of clinical experience working with animals. She shares what it’s like to be a veterinary technician on her TikTok and helps produce amazing content for The Reptile Room. Learn more…

Jordan Budnik

Jordan has worked with both native and exotic reptile species for over 15 years. Her experience ranges from handling Eastern indigo snakes to alligator snapping turtle husbandry, with her most recent work being the Executive Director of a wildlife rehabilitation nonprofit. Learn more…

Meet Our Editorial Team ✏️

Christopher Still, Editor-in-Chief

Chris started The Reptile Room and helps keep everything running smoothly behind the scenes. 

Christopher has been collecting, keeping, and thinking about reptiles just every minute since he was 9 years old after seeing a green anole for the first time in Florida.

After that, he was hooked. He’s now been an active herper for more than 2 decades and has worked with a huge range of species from the leopard gecko to the King Cobra. Learn more…