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About Ian Jessup
My Reptile Interests
In as far as keeping herps, my interests are primarily concerned with colubrid snakes, especially those belonging to the Rat Snake family and those colubrids that grow to be truly large or are considered particularly aggressive (I love taming them down to show people just how wrong they are about them). After colubrid snakes, I really enjoy the small and medium sized monitors, especially the arboreal species. And I have worked my way up from a novice in monitor keeping to just beginning with some advanced species. Few animals in the world can look at you the way a Varanid can. Finally, I come to the last group of animals that really holds my attention, and those are the Dendrobatid frogs, and to some extent the Mantellas as well. I took a crack at keeping these over the last couple of years, and was very fond of them, but my live vivarium technique needs some work before I get really serious with these wonderful little frogs. I have been keeping reptiles seriously since I was 7 years old. I do mean seriously, because my parents were not the kind of parents who'd just let their children have a pet. I had to research everything thoroughly, and prove that I could support the care of the reptiles I had, and at that time the reptiles I also captured from the wild. I also worked in the Pet Industry proper for 10 years, before calling it quits and focusing on my college course work in Cell/Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. Recently I have begun field herping again. Field herping was something I did practically daily during the warm months of the year back on the east coast. However, later when I moved west I had little time to commit to field herping, and what little herping I did was severely disappointing compared to my experiences on the east coast. Recently, I have begun again and taken a more serious approach to it and have teamed up with some good guys here in the Denver metro area, and have had quite a few relatively successful trips.
Other Interests
Outside of my hobby, I enjoy backpacking in wilderness areas, and I am a veteran hiker of the Appalachian Trail from back east. I haven't hiked the whole AT yet, but the entire protion of the AT in MD is securely under my belt several times over. I also enjoy rock-climbing and white water rafting when I can get out for those. Hunting and fishing are also big on my list for outdoor activities. For indoor activities, I am a huge Sci-Fi buff, and enjoying reading numerous books and watching television shows and movies in this genre. I also enjoy playing video games along this theme as well, especially the Halo series and its related games.
I enjoy a lot of music from Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Alternative Rock , 70s/80s Rock, a little Techno and Rap (especially mash-ups with rock pieces), a little R&B, and a lot of classical compositions and contemporary symphonic arrangements. I'm also a drummer by classical training which lends itself to many of my musical tastes.
Big time Sci-Fi fan, but they have to be good science fiction movies, none of those really crappy B-movies for me. I'm also a big fan of Action/Adventure flicks and Dramas, Suspenseful/Thrillers. Movies like the Jurassic Park, Alien, Predator, Terminator, Star Trek, Star Wars franchises sit on my shelf, as well as movies like Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan, Platoon, Tears of the Sun, Serenity, and the list goes on. I'm a big fan of Roy Scheider, Sam Neill, Richard Dean Anderson, Patrick Stewart, Eric Bana, Ridley Scott, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Peter Jackson, Michael Bay, Siguorney Weaver, Lawrence Fishburne, just to name a few.
I'm a college student at the Metropolitan State College of Denver, double majoring in Biology with Cell/Molecular Biology as my emphasis and Chemistry with the ACS certification. I work in some labs along these lines as well as for Metro's Chemistry Department. And presently I have plans to help my friends out here in Colorado out with getting their reptile business up and off the ground before I leave in 2 years.
Anything else?
I am a Full member of the Ratsnake Foundation, I've been a member for more than 2 years now, going well into my 3rd. I am Co-Secretary of the "Foundation" and am also a member of their PR & Fundraising Team. And I was just recently placed as the Team Leader for the Ratsnake Morph/Locality Project we are working on. GO CHECK IT OUT RATSNAKE ENTHUSIASTS, IT IS THE PLACE TO BE FOR ALL THINGS RATSNAKE!!!
Full Name: Ian Jessup
Location: Denver, CO  US
Gender: Male
Birthday: February 21, 1982
Member Since: Sunday, August 16, 2009
Last Login: Friday, March 8, 2013
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