Our Staff


Name: Matt Smallheer

Position: Operations Manager / Owner

Team Member Since: 2006

Reptiles / Amphibians Owned: Browse the store inventory. :)
Favorite Part of your job: Satisfying the needs of our customer base.  We offer a unique product and present it in a unique way.  I love the awe we create.
Personal Mission: To provide a top shelf customer experience.
Fun fact about me: I train 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu several times a week with my wife and kids.
Hobbies: Jiu Jitsu, Rotary International, Politics, Cast Iron Cooking, Camp Fires.


Name: Stephanie Smallheer

Position: General Manager / Owner

Team Member Since: 2006

Reptiles / Amphibians Owned:  Everything in the shop with a name. I only have 2 Praying Mantis at home.:)
Favorite Part of your job:  Selling a family their first reptile is always exciting. :)
Personal Mission:  To be able to teach and educate people on reptiles and indoor gardening.
Fun fact about me:  I am not a fan of snakes.
Hobbies: 10th Planet Jiu jitsu, gardening, spending time with my family, cooking, and outdoor activities.


Name: Eric Mueller

Position: Assistant Manager

Team Member Since: 2011

Reptiles / Amphibians Owned:
  • Snakes
    • Ball Pythons - Python regius
    • Woma Pythons - Aspidites ramsayi
    • Wall Python – Ball x Woma Hybrid
    • Western Hognose - Heterodon nasicus nasicus
    • California Kingsnake - Lampropeltis getula californiae
  • Lizards
    • Argentine Red Tegu - Tupinambis rufescens
    • Mt. Meru Jackson’s Chameleons - Trioceros jacksonii merumontanus
    • Tokay Geckos - Gekko gecko
    • Sarasinorum Gecko - Correlophus sarasinorum
    • Gargoyle Geckos - Rhacodactylus auriculatus
    • Crested Geckos - Rhacodactylus ciliatus
    • Leopard Geckos - Eublepharis macularius
    • African Fat Tail Geckos - Hemitheconyx caudicinctus


  • Frogs
    • Salt Creek Strawberry Poison Dart Frogs - Oophaga pumilio
    • Golden Poison Dart Frogs - Phyllobates terribilis
    • Bumble Bee Poison Dart Frogs - Dendrobates leucomelas


  • Salamanders
    • Axolotl - Ambystoma mexicanum


  • Tarantulas
    • Chilean Rose - Grammostola rosea
    • Brazilian Black - Grammostola pulchra
    • Brazilian Salmon - Lasiodora parahybana
    • Honduran Curlyhair - Brachypelma albopilosum
    • Antilles Pinktoe - Avicularia versicolor
    • Pumpkin Patch - Hapalopus sp. Columbia Large


  • Roaches
    • Discoids - Blaberus discoidalis
    • Little Kenyan - Blaberidae sp. “Kenya”
    • Dubia - Blaptica dubia
    • Indian Domino - Therea petiveriana
    • Death’s Head - Blaberus craniifer
    • Central AmericanGiant Cave - Blaberus giganteus
    • Orange Head - Eublaberus prosticus
    • Wide Horn Hissing - Gromphadorhina oblongonota


  • Beetles
    • Dermestid – Dermestidae sp.
    • Mealworm - Tenebrio molitor
    • Superworm - Zophobas morio
    • Fiery Searcher - Calosoma scrutator
    • Blue Death Feigning - Asbolus verrucosus
    • Large Diving Beetle – Dytiscus sp.
    • Small Flat Diving Beetle - Acilius sp.
    • Giant Water Bug (Lesser) – Belostomatidae sp.
    • Giant Water Scavenger Beetle – Hydrophilidae sp.


  • Other Invertebrates
    • American Giant Millipede - Narceus americanus
    • Cherry Shrimp - Neocaridina davidi
    • Ghost Shrimp - Paleomonetes sp.
    • Water Scorpions – Ranatra sp.
Favorite Part of your job: My favorite part about working at the Tye-Dyed Iguana is creating naturalistic vivariums for all of the animals.
Personal Mission: To teach people about the animals and how to properly take care of them.
Fun fact about me: The first time I got onto a plane I flew to the other side of the world.
Hobbies: Building terrariums, herping, hiking, kayaking, fishing, snowboarding, and riding motorcycles.


Name: Heather Bechtoldt

Position:Marketing Manager

Team Member Since: 2009

Reptiles / Amphibians Owned:

Red Foot Tortoise
2 Ball Pythons

Previously Owned:
Veiled Chameleons
African Clawed Frogs

Favorite Part of your job: Taking care of the babies from the incubator, being able to watch them hatch out and raise them.
Personal Mission: To keep the animals healthy and happy so they can find a good home.
Fun fact about me: I have a Bachelor of Science in Zoology with a minor in Chemistry.
Hobbies: Movies, art (drawing), video games, jigsaw puzzlies, fishing.


Name: Jennii Moehlmann

Position: Animal Care Manager

Team Member Since: 2012

Reptiles / Amphibians Owned: 4 Gray Tree Frogs
1 Green Tree Frog
1 Cuban Tree Frog
1 Fancy Pacman Frog
1 Spade Foot Toad
Favorite Part of your job: Being able to not only work with the animals, but learning something new everyday.
Personal Mission: As the store grows, teaching others the proper care for each individual animal and insuring the health as well.  (Personal note:  If you want to chat with me, just tape my shoulder; I have headphones in)
Fun fact about me: Besides all the reptiles I won and terrariums I make, I absolutely love doing my make-up.  My face is a canvas and I create pieces of art on it.  If you see me at work though, I'll almost never have make-up on.  Don't want to ruin my art by sweating it off.  ;)
Hobbies: Gaming (PC Master Race)
Making terrariums out of old and odd bottles
Creating Art on my Face (Make-Up)
Digital Drawing


Name: Bill Fox

Position: Invertebrate Care Taker

Team Member Since: 2007

Reptiles / Amphibians Owned: 1 Male Sudanese Uromastyx
1 Five-lined Skink
2 American Toads
Multiple Dart Frogs
Milk Frogs
Kaiser Newts
Favorite Part of your job: I get to work with awesome reptiles, amphibians, tarantulas, and other invertabrates etc.
Fun fact about me: I've been working with all kinds of animals for over 40 years.  Reptiles, amphibians, invertabrates, fish, mammals, birds, and more.
Hobbies: Outdoors, nature, 2nd amendment, survival, camping, gunsmithing, military surplus collecting.


Name: Eleazar Gonzalez

Position: Sales Associate

Team Member Since: 2018