A little about us

Our family run business is made up of Jim and Natalie. We're a passionate and experienced team here at Essex Reptile Encounters. We pride ourselves on our husbandry and level of general care. Between us we have 41 years experience in the hobby. 

JIM

I started off over 30 years ago with some wild caught garter snakes and I was instantly hooked. I loved their curious nature and their hunting abilities. From there I quickly progressed onto boas and pythons, as well as beginning my fascination with lizards such as skinks and various agamids. The hobby soon turned into a major obsession and my collection grew. Over the years I have kept all sorts of reptiles from iguanas and water monitors to the smallest micro gecko species and just about everything in between. I love sharing my experiences and passion with anyone willing to listen. 

NATALIE

My main passion over the years has been with the lizards, I love my gecko species as well as the bearded dragons and blue tongue skinks. I enjoy interacting and caring for the snakes and have recently overcome my own fear of spiders and I'm slowly beginning to find them beautiful rather than terrifying.