About

About

In January 2007, former Central Florida Zoo, Senior Reptile Keeper, Michael Welker started Ocotillo Herpetofauna & Invertebrates (OHI) in El Paso, Texas. OHI is a full service herpetological business focusing on the acquisition and breeding of amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates and rodents. Mickey Arnold joined OHI in July of 2009. OHI is a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department permitted Nongame Dealer and a State of Texas permitted business.

 
Michael E. Welker
is a published herpetologist. He has worked on numerous wildlife field projects focusing on herpetology, the impact of roads on wildlife, plants, climate change, small mammals and carnivores. He will complete his Masters in Science from the University of Denver in spring 2010. He currently holds a Bachelors degree in Wildlife Science from North Carolina State University and an Associates degree in Zoo Animal Technology from Santa Fe Community College. He is the former head of the Reptile Department at the Central Florida Zoo.

 

Mickey Arnold is a published herpetologist and has kept and bred mammals, amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles most of his life. He is the former owner of North Florida Zoological, based out of Gainesville, FL. His specialty is lizards and venomous snakes. He worked for Doug Foster of Hogtown Herps, Gainesville, Florida working with mammals, crocs and other reptiles. He is a U.S. Navy veteran. He attended Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL with a focus on civil engineering. He is a former fiber engineer with a telecommunications giant. He is a single father of a five year old boy named Jamie. He is also an avid hunter.