Gecko Lair is owned and operated by Vanessa Lane.
I have been breeding lizards since middle school. I started with green anoles, then switched to green iguanas, and finally settled with leopard geckos. I bought my first pair of geckos as a freshman at college and was immediately impressed with their personalities and hardiness. From traveling cross-country with me to Montana to being handled by excited kindergartners, these geckos are just the best.
Since then, leopard geckos have been my passion. While I intend to eventually expand my collection to include other geckos, this will have to wait until I complete graduate school.
I got my Bachelors of Science at Cornell University in Natural Resources. I initially attended Cornell because of their strong herpetology department but discovered I had a hidden love of birds as well. I switched my professional career from herpetology to ornithology, but herpetoculture still remains my favorite hobby.
I graduated with a Masters of Science in Animal and Range Sciences from Montana State University in 2005. While my thesis focused on sage-grouse, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the reptiles of Montana. I found my first Horned Toads, Prairie Rattlesnakes, Bull Snakes, Western Hognose Snakes.
I am now pursuing my PhD in Forestry at the University of Georgia. I hope to graduate in the next year or so.
I'm one of those weird people that walk in the woods and are torn between searching the sky for birds and searching the ground for herps!