About Mike McGrath
Just like many breeders, my passion for reptiles came at a young age. Growing up down south in the swamps of Louisiana and Georgia definitely sparked my curiosity for these animals and it carried over into adulthood. When I was 8 years old my father caught and gave me my first Garter Snake. Not being a reptile enthusiast himself I'm sure he regrets that decision, however he did tolerate my ever-expanding love for them as my collection eventually took over the house.
In my early teenage years I sought out jobs at pet stores with heavier reptile displays, and found myself working with animals of all sorts, but my need for a reptile specific collection was nowhere to be found. That is until my hard work and extensive study in and out of the field was met with an offer to curate a diverse private reptile collection. This was a dream come true as I was able to work with species back then that are still considered extremely rare and valuable today. Unfortunately, a few years later, divorce tore his collection apart and my job with it.
I was able to acquire some animals over the years curating for his collection and by chance while buying snake food I was talking to the owner of a reptile shop and he needed someone with my experience to help with his collection and breeding facility. It was not long until I was again the head curator for another reptile collection, this one however was much larger and animals for myself were much more accessible.
I suppose it is only a matter of time before a reptile curator and keeper decides he wants to build his own collection up for breeding and this is what I did. With a few years of experience with many species of reptiles under my belt, I decided to launch Garden of Eden Herpetoculture in 1999. Specializing in Boas, Pythons, and Varanids, it was a good run until life happened and a partnership failed in 2004.
After I decided to leave, I vowed to keep my own personal collection small and specialized. Breeding, had for the most part, been tabled and the love for the animals is what my focus was solely on. This lead to a new temporary partnership and the chance to finally work with a species of my own, that long evaded me in the late 90's because of the extreme financial cost of this type of collection. The Ball Python.
Today, without the restrictions of partnerships, hidden, financial, or otherwise, I breed Ball Pythons from my collection that originated from the best lines known throughout the industry today. Kahl, Lazik, Graziani, Sutherland, Barker, Bell, Clark, Lehrer, and Kobylka to name just a few. My exclusivity with Ball Pythons will change in the future as my love runs deeper than for a single species. Until then I am exploring what mysteries can be unlocked through selective breeding and genetic mutation of the Ball Python.
Thank you for taking the time to know me and for visiting my site. My vow to you is honesty, integrity, passion, commitment, and quality. I do not have all the answers, but I am always willing to share what I do know with you, so always feel free to contact me with whatever questions you have.