To support and advance the herpetoculture industry.
We promote the ethical keeping and efficient and legitimate commerce of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.
Our online platform connects breeders and keepers in the largest marketplace of its kind in the world. We provide professional animal management tools and educational content.
For many years, MorphMarket was run by one guy as a part-time passion project. We now have an entire team of professionals dedicated to improving these services for the community. Below is our core team. Not pictured are additional volunteers and experts who contribute in the forums and on an as-needed basis.
It's our pleasure to serve you!
Owner & CEO
Darien's passion for reptiles began more than two decades ago. After working in web design and internet marketing, he recognized the need for quality live food and founded Dubia.com, which has since become the world's largest producer of dubia roaches. Later, he gained valuable insight into the retail market by building two pet stores in Wichita, Kansas. He is currently creating an Aquarium and Reptarium to serve as an educational platform and showcase reptiles in a positive light. These experiences have given Darien a diverse perspective in the industry.
John is passionate about building services that advance the herp industry and delight its hobbyists. His love for animals began as a child, but he only discovered the online reptile community in 2014 while researching pets for his family. The lack of a modern platform inspired the creation of MorphMarket. John has been involved with software since a young age. Professionally, he has focused on leading projects at startup and research companies, particularly in the area of language processing. He counts it a privilege to now focus his full time energy on serving this community. John and his family include a number of pets: a dumeril's boa, bearded dragon, two pet rats, fish, hermit crabs, and a dog.
Director of Customer Success & Forum Admin
Thomas is one of the most versatile members of the MorphMarket team. His contributions in the MorphMarket Reptile Community forums led to his promotion to moderator and then admin of our forums. In 2023, he was promoted to Director of Customer Success. He is also the lead editor of the Morphpedia knowledge base. Thomas has been caring for reptiles and aquatic life for 20+ years as a main hobby. In the past few years he has focused mostly on boa constrictors, ball pythons, tree frogs and most recently monitors.
Marketing, Customer Success
Brittni helps with our customer communications, customer success and marketing. She is an energetic and creative thinker with a background in marketing, administration, and management. Brittni also brings hands-on experience working with animals acquired through internships and volunteer opportunities. Her journey in the animal kingdom has brought her close to a diverse range of animals, including big cats, bears, and primates. However, it was her work with reptiles that truly captured her heart. From reticulated pythons and Nile monitors to ball pythons and leopard geckos, Brittni has had the pleasure of working with reptiles of all shapes and sizes. Her personal zoo consists of 4 dogs, 4 lizards, 8 snakes, 1 tortoise, and 1 aquatic turtle. She plans to continue growing her collection; specifically, she is interested in colubrids, boas, and large lizards. Brittni's love for reptiles and her work experience make her valueable team member who helps in many aspects of our operations.
As our past Director of Customer Success, Judy provides leadership in customer support and market moderation. Her journey in reptiles began with researching snakes for her children about twenty years ago. Since then, she has played a key part in building up many important online resources for the community. Her past roles have included Aditor at ball-pythons.net, Chief Editor of The Reptile Report, and Business Director at ShipYourReptiles. Judy loves the reptile community and hopes to continue playing a positive role for years to come. Judy's current critter family consists of a goofy German Shepherd, a milk snake, a California kingsnake, and a ball python.
JJ is a creative problem solver who has developed MorphMarket’s branding in our merchandise and expo setup. He developed these skills in the design/communication/marketing industry over the past 20+ years. He enjoys spending as much time in Photoshop as possible, but has other hobbies, like T-Shirts! He loves helping others make shirts that beg to be worn. In the past he had a reef tank, but is currently tending a family of five. He LOVES other’s pets, and is looking forward to having one of his own.
Kristina is bringing the awesome to MorphMarket’s user interfaces. Besides designing the new services, she is helping us redesign the entire site. She is a perfectionist, has an inquisitive mind and an eye for great design. She is passionate about creating user-centered design, likes to have things well done, as well as cool and simple solutions. She loves her adorable Singapura cat.
Jack is a senior full stack software developer who has developed MorphMarket's App, notifications and infrastructure.
David is a senior software developer helping to build out the next generation of MorphMarket’s backend infrastructure. For over two decades, he has been developing software and deploying solutions and has a broad skill set for web and desktop application development. David has led and supervised software development teams, but he considers himself a developer at heart. In the past he has had fish, parrots and a German Bull dog. His family is currently looking for a puppy.