Michael Andreas Jacobi
Photo by Guy Tansley (Bothrops atrox (Labaria), Babunhol, Suriname 2012)
I still remember being a fascinated young boy with jars of live spiders in my garage and tanks full of grasshoppers in my driveway. My cousin Karl caught a bunch of ribbon snakes near his suburban home and during one family visit I took a few home. I was about 9. Forty-five years later, I have only recently stopped keeping reptiles & arachnids. I enjoyed decades of herpetoculture & arachnoculture while breeding snakes (pythons, boas, colubrids and vipers), geckos, chameleons, dart frogs and tarantulas.
After more than a few failed attempts to earn a zoology degree and become a herpetologist, I started a career in the pet industry over thirty years ago. I became immersed in the captive husbandry and breeding of reptiles and amphibians and sometimes worked for others and sometimes operated my own businesses with names like Jacobi Herpetoculture, Chicago Reptile, Exotic Fauna, Michael Jacobi's Spider Shoppe and The Living Terrarium.
Writing has been another lifelong passion and along the way I added skills in editing, website & graphic design and photography. Many projects have come and gone. These include my Tarantula Bibliography listing all of the world's theraphosid spider species, and my World of Atheris online monograph of the African bush vipers of the tribe Atherini. Although they have vanished into the cyberspace ether, my written works such as my Animal Planet published book Tarantulas survive.
After a decade of traveling to the jungles of Costa Rica, Suriname, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Borneo, I now return to my U.S. roots. I am currently living full-time on the road in an RV and enjoying the incredible diversity of American fauna and flora and its beautiful and varied landscape.