LIL MONSTERS Reptiles started out when I saw a Nile Monitor at a small local reptile shop. It then grew into a bit of an obsession for all exotic animals. I started herping with my cousin, hiking, and exploring So Cal,s local deserts and wildlife.
When I found out that little monitor would grow to around 6 feet, I imagined building a custom terrarium to keep him in and him roaming around my house. I was 14 at the time and my mother quickly responded with a smile and look that said "pick something else." So I quickly turned my attention to the store keeper who showed me some of their starter animals.
It was a yellow baby gecko with thick black bands. So I purchased my first Leopard Gecko, her name was Hex. She went everywhere with me, from grocery stores, parks, friend's houses, I even took her to school a few times.
When Crested Geckos were brought to the states after being rediscovered my interest quickly turned to them but their price tag and rarity made them difficult to acquire. So I began searching for new morphs of Leos, learning about genetics, and spending several hours a day just scouring forums and breeder's websites. Somewhere along the way I knew I would love to do this someday for a living and so I started thinking about a name. I spent months thinking about it, one day I was working with my uncle and asked him what he thought about my future venture for which he quickly responded "Name it LIL MONSTERS" and that was it! He even sketched it out on a piece of paper, from that point on I was on my way to trying to build it into something.
Life always has a funny way of mucking things up though. In this case however, I sat on LIL MONSTERS for 7 years. It wasn't until I met Jessica Hunter in 2007 that together we began to re-build the collection. It all started with 5 Crested Geckos and over the years we grew those 5 to around 300+ Geckos. Today we have collected some of the rarest geckos we could buy and in many cases negotiate away from other breeders. Our Gecko's lineage can be traced to lines from Doug Healy, Allen Repashy, Anthony Caponetto, Mark Orfus, and countless other small shops that have come and gone over the years.