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About Us

Welcome and thanks for visiting our site. We are Chad and Nanette Gaines from Machesney Park, Illinois. We began our journey in the world of reptiles like so many others, herp hunting as children in the fields looking for any creature there to be found. We started off in 1995 with a few reptiles in our home which quickly grew into over 130. We had put a small ad in the local paper and saw that we were not the only ones around with an interest in herps. In June of 1997 we opened our first reptile store "Reptile Emporium". Before long the store was doing well and we opened a much larger store of 4500 sq. feet, the largest all reptile store in the midwest. But as a lot of us experienced with the fall in the economy, we had to close our storefront in the fall of 2003. Although we no longer have our storefront we have still been breeding reptiles and have recently started building acrylic displays. So now with the wonderful world of the internet we can once again offer a store in which we can service our customers.

                                         

                                              Here we are with Nigel Marvin at the Dallas Zoo the day

                                                 after the 2007 NARBC Arlington, Texas reptile show. 

                                                               Photo courtesy of Tell Hicks

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