Noah is a Southern California native who has been fascinated with herpetology for as long as he can remember. Noah is a veterinary technician who has specialized in the care and treatment of exotic and small animals since the mid 1990's. Since acquiring his first pet snake as a very young boy, he has successfully kept and bred many exotic and native species of reptiles and amphibians. Noah is passionate about finding and observing herpetofauna in the wild, and equally as passionate about creating awareness for the need to conserve and protect these animals and their habitats. 

Nathan is a lifelong Herpetologist graduating Cal State San Marcos in Fall of 2015 with a BS in Biology -ecology concentration.  Whether it's with his best friend and brother or an out-of-town herper, his most enjoyable pursuit is sharing his next herp find with someone who's equally enthused about finding and photographing a target species.  He is known to many of his friends as “Nature Nate”, a nickname he acquired while running the naturalist program for a family camp in Gallagher's Cove on Catalina Island. Nate is currently employed as a field technician with the United States Geological Survey at the Western Ecological Research Center, in San Diego, working on projects focused on endangered and threatened species.  Nate and his wife Tori live in San Diego. 

Dick also grew up in the San Gabriel Valley area of Southern California.  Dick's early field adventures and experiences with imported exotic reptiles inspired him to seek a career in the commercial end of the herp experience. Among his many accomplishments as a herper and herptoculturist, Dick is best noted for his original design of the sliding top reptile tank, which today is the most copied design in the industry.  Dick presently resides in Mesa, Arizona. 

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Southwestern Field Herping Association

​​​​Rich is an independent financial planner and a life-long reptile enthusiast who currently resides in Corona, California with his two boys Jared and Austin, who, much to Rich's delight, share his passion for reptiles. They spend much of their spare time field herping and taking care of their private collection.  Rich and his sons are also actively involved in the captive breeding of several exotic reptile species featured here on their Zoo Rang web page.

​​​​Like most herpetologists we know, Jeff has been fascinated by herps since he was first able to lift a rock. He spent his school years playing sports and exploring the creeks, hills and canyons near home, and earned a BS in Biology from UC Davis in 1995, and an MBA from San Diego State University in 2004. Jeff is married and resides in San Diego, California with his wife and two boys, Trevor and Brady, where they maintain a small collection of friendly California native herps which they use for educational presentations. Jeff has been an active member and officer of the California Chapter of the North American Field Herping Association for many years, and has been working as a field herpetologist with groups such as the Fallbrook Land Conservancy, the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, the City of San Diego, and the US Geological Survey. 

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Richard "Dick" Dunn

Nathan Smith

Lee’s interest in reptiles also began at an early age in Southern California when he had the opportunity to explore the woodlands in and around his father’s golf course construction sites. With every new snake and lizard discovery, his interest and desire to learn grew. After graduating from the University of Nevada with B.S. in Zoology, Lee became an officer in the US Navy, earned his wings and flew the A-6E Intruder. After retiring from the Navy, Lee worked in the aerospace industry. He is now officially retired, and resides in Fountain Valley. Throughout the years, Lee's interest in digital photography has become the focus of his recreational activities as he has found it to be an outstanding method to showcase not only reptiles and amphibians, but also other native wildlife species and their habitats while furthering the public’s awareness of these fascinating animals. Many of Lee's outstanding wildlife photographs can be seen here in our Herp Gallery, and online at


Steve is a native Californian who grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and is now a resident of San Clemente, a small coastal community in south Orange County, California. Steve's father and grandfather taught him a love of the outdoors and nature at a very early age, and like many young boys, he acquired a curiosity towards reptiles and amphibians that he never outgrew. Throughout his adult life, Steve has always been interested in biology and zoology, but he has made a living as a machinist, design engineer and business owner. Steve is the initial founder of SWFHA and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Southwestern Center of Herpetological Research (SWCHR).

Lee Hull

Jeff Nordland

Rich Rang

Noah Anderson