My name is Emily, I have a B.A. in Zoology from the University of Montana, and work at the Reptile Zoo in Monroe, WA. I've kept reptiles since the age of 10, and am enamored with their elegant yet primitive beauty. As of now, I have a dream job working in a zoo surrounded by a plethora of reptiles. I love being able to educate the public about their natural beauty and awesome abilities. This year I will be breeding Ball Pythons and Jungle Carpet Pythons while expanding my collection. Follow me along as I learn, love, and share my passion about these beautiful animals!
I will have some of my babies (Jungle Carpets and BPs) from this year available for sale at the Puyallup Reptile Expo in Washington. Let me know if you have any questions, thanks! :)
Hey Emily, it's Emily, i was wondering if you could explain what it took to become a zoologist, classes you had to take etc. And i love to hear what you do as a zoologist <3 i plan on getting my degree in zoology so!
Hello fellow Emily!
Well, I can’t quite say what it’s like to be a zoologist, as I am not one, technically. In order to become a ____-ologist, I believe you have to have at least a Masters degree in that area of study. So even though I have a Bachelors in Zoology, I am not a zoologist…. ah well! What’s really bizarre, is I have a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology (U of Montana), not Science.
But as far as classes go, I pretty much had them laid out by me, semester by semester, by the College of Biological Sciences. There were certain core classes that I had to take at certain times to complete my major and minor (Mathematics), and then there were other types of classes I had to take in order to complete my degree. Most of the core classes involved Biology, Chemistry (of varying kinds), Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, Behavior & Evolution, etc. Then, since I went to a liberal arts college, I also had to have credits in English, History, Anthropology, Writing, etc. Finally, in order to graduate from the Honors College at my university, I had to plan and conduct a scientific experiment based on the scientific method, and write a peer-reviewed research paper (which was later published).
One of my key pieces of advise is to communicate extensively with your adviser, plan ahead, and stick to your plan. College is expensive these days, and I know too many people who got behind and decided to give up, or changed directions so many times they were still trying to complete a major 6 years later. The first couple years were hard. I consistently had 21+ credit semesters until my third year. Do your homework, do it well, get it in on time, and study as much and as many ways as you need to. You will be surrounded by lots of people in the same boat, and will quickly form study groups and even lasting friendships.
I learned a lot earning this degree - mostly how to study and cram as much pointless information in my head as humanly possible in a limited amount of time - and had fun doing it. The downside to a zoology degree, is the job options are very limited, and usually do not pay well. If I could go back, I probably would have switched my major to Mathematics and done a minor in Zoology, as math/statistical skills are still in demand these days. A good place to search for internships and future jobs/careers in the Texas A&M Job Board. You could potentially be hired by any nature-themed educational facilities, zoos (hopefully, the AZA thing is annoying), universities, USFW, or through the federal/state government to conduct field surveys or monitor wildlife populations etc.
My current job is zookeeper/public relations for The Reptile Zoo in Monroe, WA. I, along with two other full-time zookeepers, am responsible for all aspects of husbandry concerning varying species of reptiles, amphibians, and a handful of invertebrates. This involves mainly cleaning cages, prepping and giving input on their diets, helping with any necessary medicating, answering customer questions, running the front desk/register, and any necessary custodial tasks. I am also in charge of public relations, organizing events, creating education posters for the zoo. I love my job. It doesn’t even feel like a job to me.
I hope this helps, and I would love to hear any other questions you might have. Hope you have a great evening, and take care!
» Asked by capt-syvennia
Your Diamond is named Lana....taht is rad. also great blog
Thanks!!! Glad you like it :D
Know I’m also available for questions and/or advice :)
» Asked by sonofeve
I'm in the Bay Area and can no longer keep my 8+ yr old king python. Do you know of any resources I can use to find him a good home? He comes with two tanks, a 36x18x18 and a feeding tank. So far I've had no luck with Craig's list or shelters.
Craigslist is always a good start, however sometimes an add needs to be up for a while to get any feed back. Also, it’s a good idea to communicate with any potential buyers and make sure the have the experience, or knowledge and willingness to take care of the animal properly. You’re probably already aware, but just for general knowledge.
Anywho, if there’s no luck so far, you might want to see if there is a group on Facebook for reptile enthusiasts in your area. If so, that would be a great place to advertise. Also, you can search for breeders on Facebook in that particular species (did you mean kingsnake or ball python perhaps?) and ask if they might know of people or places to sell or advertise to. A more wide-spread arena are websites like Fauna Classifieds and kingsnake.com. These can require subscriptions, so it’s up to you to decide if it’s worth it.
Best of luck, and let me know if you have any other questions.
» Asked by malisvitterfolk
Lana is getting sooo big - staying beautiful girlfriend! - , and it looks like she’s pushing 6ft now! AND she’s not even done growing yet! These snakes are so awesome, and I love working with them.
Jax wasn’t cooperating today, but he’s turning into quite the stud. They should be big enough to breed next year.
Some shots from cleaning today… Jenna was not happy to see me (as always), then my male Mojave and female Albino.
You should show more pictures of your gorgeous diamond python!
I really should - will do! :)
» Asked by kikiiiiiiiii
So I scored this incredible lawyers bookcase off craigslist… It’s 30” deep by 48” wide and about 72” high. I will be converting it into a three-level Carpet Condo for my diamonds, jungle, and coastal. Pictures to come ;)