About Us

Maurice O'Neill Yourexoticpets.com

Hello, Welcome to my website Yourexoticpets.com. My name is Maurice, and I have been keeping exotic pets for the last 35 years. I have owned many companies with exotic pets, including Southern Reptiles and Fire Dragons, where I bred and raised all forms of reptiles. And The Roach Hut where I bred and supplied cockroaches for zoos and exotic pet hobbyists.

I have spent the last 35 years helping others with their exotic pets and decided that to help as many people as possible, I should write the information down to make the most impact. That is why Yourexoticpets.com was formed.

After I sold my businesses

After selling my businesses, I struggled with letting go and needed an outlet to be still involved around our fascinating hobby of exotic pets.

Today, I support ordinary people in answering questions about their exotic pets. I am a master coach combining information and practical experience with the principles for ensuring success with your exotic pets. I’m totally passionate about supporting people to provide the best husbandry and care for their exotic pets with no limitations.


I first started by getting into Iguanas. As they grew, I went from purchased vivariums to homemade and custom vivariums, eventually converting a whole room in my first house to a vivarium. This was controlled to provide the closest natural environment for my very much loved iguanas, who were all between 5 and 6ft.

Iguana in a vivarium

Further Education – Deeper Knowledge

When I was younger and first interested in exotic pets, I was completely enthralled, and my thirst for personal growth continues right until this very day. I spent many years completing course after course on animal husbandry, care, biology, and even took an environmental course to build upon my knowledge of the habitats of the animals we all love to keep.

Understanding the habitats on a higher level allows me to help my readers and the people I set to help personally to create the most realistic environments controlling not only warmth and light but humidity and ventilation along with other factors to duplicate the environments to the nearest natural state possible in the home situation.

Around 20 years ago, a good friend of mine, a well-known biologist (Dr. Rhys Jones) who is also the presenter of many exotic pets programs such as (Rhys To The Rescue) and (Wildlife Patrol), asked me to build him a bank of snake vivariums for his home. I built these vivariums into his home, and I then became very interested in snakes too.

Helping you in your journey with your exotic pets

You must be here because you are interested in exotic pets or have questions about the exotic pets you already own. Maybe you are like me with a thirst to increase your knowledge about the pets you already own. Well, you are in the right place.


No matter what questions you need to answer, you will find them here. Owning an exotic pet is a responsibility we should all take seriously, or we should not have them at all. If we cannot take the time to ensure they get the best care, we have no business in even considering keeping exotic pets.

So, if you’re looking to learn more about the animals you own or are considering owning, then this website is for you. I am a professional who takes the hobby very seriously, and I want you to succeed. Here you will not only find the information you require to put all your fears and questions to bed, but I will advise you on what equipment, food, and even insurance you may require for your exotic pets at home.

You’re in the right place

Just know you are in the right place and with the right person to help you. I hope you enjoy your visit here, and if you find you have a question that is not answered, do not hesitate to reach out using the contact form.

Happy Exotic Pet keeping