- Parent Category: FAQs
- Published on Wednesday, 10 December 2008 12:23
I thought I’d give you a little history about me, Don Soderberg, and South Mountain Reptiles.
After high school in Wichita, Kansas. I attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, where I majored in biology - with emphasis in herpetology. I kept and bred reptiles as a hobby throughout the following years while working at different jobs to support my family. I was particularly honored to have worked under the late Ron Blakely in the herpetarium at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas, in the late 1970s.
Like many in our profession/hobby, I was hooked on reptiles and amphibians since I was old enough to walk. My mother never discouraged my brother and me from catching and keeping our “pets” since there were no indigenous venomous reptiles in Wichita. After keeping snakes since childhood, I successfully hatched my first eggs in 1973. but I never dreamed I’d be able to work/play with snakes as a career. How fortunate I am.
In 1999, after the last of our three children finished high school, Tammie (my wife) and I sold our reptile pet shop EXOTIC PETS in Wichita and moved to Texas. Living here in the Hill Country outside San Antonio, we vend at one or two of the Texas reptile events (captive bred only), but our business is otherwise exclusively Internet and mail order. We regret that we cannot have visitors at SMR, but for insurance and security reasons, we were forced to stop allowing visits in 2005.
Our breeding inventory shrinks and swells, but we generally have at least 350 breeding-sized snakes here at any given time. This year, we anticipate producing many hatchling snakes, most of which will be corn snakes, but not as many as we have in the past few years.
We are pleased you chose to visit our web site, and encourage you to send an email anytime you have questions or comments about our products or about the care and breeding of snakes. If we don’t have answers to your questions, we’ll direct you to respective resources.
Don Soderberg - South Mountain Reptiles
P.S. No, we don't live on a mountain. In Sweden, Soderberg translates to Southern Mountain or South Mountain.