I am known as The “Real” Dr. Doolittle, I have also recently acquired the nick name “Nuggets” I won’t get into that one here, instead I will let your imagination run on that for a minute, finally my personal favorite, The Herp Father. My real name is John F Taylor. I am an internationally published author on the captive care of reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates with several magazine credits and a book to my credit. I was raised around animals mostly mammals; it wasn’t until later that I got involved with reptiles, fish, amphibians, and insects much to my mothers 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, and not only an amateur herpetologist, but also an expert on San Diego-based reptiles and their habitat. Additionally, I have extensive experience with exotic species from all over the world. I have worked within the pet industry for over a decade and served as Editor for the San Diego Herpetological Society. I’ve personally handled well over 200 various species. My articles appear in multiple media environments; most recently several of my articles have appeared within the industry-respected Reptilia, a renowned European publication and Reptile Magazine (now defunct), 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 Experts.com. I also have a weekly column on Inky Fresh Press Tough Love for Freelance Writers. Where I don’t pull punches and hit you below the belt with the realities of getting published. These can all be viewed here guest posts
I have also published “Captive Care of Uromastyx” through T.F.H.
In April of 2010 I launched the Reptile Apartment Group to which in October I added my own reptile internet radio show The Reptile Living Room where I interview experts in the industry. I April of 2012 I assisted in the launch of Reptile Apartment Canada