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Treasurer March 2012 - Present: Amy Devilbiss

Treasurer March 2012 - Present: Amy Devilbiss
​​Email: treasurer@centralfloridaherpsociety.org


I have always had animals as a part of my life, beginning with multitudes of guinea pigs, fish, dogs, and birds. As I grew older, my brother and I would go out into the wilds of suburban Deltona and
capture various snakes and lizards, such as anoles, black racers, and once, a rattlesnake. My mother, however, was not as enthusiastic about  ophidians as my brother and me. In my teens, I begged my mom to let me get a reptile. I wanted a snake, but her ophidiophobia was too powerful to let me keep a snake in the house. So, I decided on a Dumerils monitor. She acquiesced to my request and we shopped around for the right pet. I ended up with a sub-adult Varanus dumerilii,  which I named,Thin Lizzy. I had Lizzy for many years and ended up  with more pets in my zoo. After I graduated high school, I started  college for my pre-medicine degree and began to work at a reptile importer/exporter/wholesaler as well as working at reptile shows nationwide. It was at the importers that I got two black throat monitors, named Monty and Mordos. They were my introduction to
large monitors. They were already 5.5 feet long when I got them and they only got larger. After they passed, I downgraded my collection and moved around for a few years before I settled and was able to keep snakes. I had access to all sorts of reptiles at this point and learned their care from firsthand experience. I have had most of the animals that were imported as pets at one point or another. Then, at a Jacksonville reptile convention, I found that for which I had been searching: a blue tegu. Since then, I have expanded my tegu knowledge and collection and am currently breeding tegus. Through breeding, I am attempting to help preserve blue tegus which are currently rare in the American market. I joined CFHS to expand my knowledge, share my experiences with others, and spread the word of conservation and preservation.
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