Hi, my name is Thomas Lucas and I am a Anti-venom expert, Herpetologist, and professional reptile and amphibian breeder of over 200 species in total. I got my doctorate from University of Florida and currently live in Parkland, Florida at a private owned reptile facility. I am making this blog because I want to spread my knowledge in the reptile and amphibian field to everyday animal owners. The picture on the left is of my first tortoise Brutus and my dog Callie. This was my first ever Tortoise. I got him when I was just 12 years old. Brutus is by far my favorite tortoise I have. He is roughly 65 years old and just a giant. And even though he can be a pain he can also be very sweet.