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Pete Milligan – Owner

I have been interested in reptiles as long as I can remember and have kept many species over the years from Garter Snakes to Plumed Basilisk. Now I keep and breed Woma Pythons, my favourite snakes (can’t explain why). If I had the time and space I would love to keep Aldabra Giant Tortoises.

I have travelled to many places to see reptiles in the wild including Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka to name a few.

I have worked in the reptile business since I left school in 1996 (with just a short break to go travelling). In 2007 I took the opportunity to set up Evolution Reptiles online shop, with the goal of opening my own shop. I opened my Oxford shop in October 2010 and moved to the shop Kidlington in 2015.

I am a very keen road cyclist, riding whenever I have some spare time (very rare these days). I have competed in many road and mountain bike races in the past and hope to again soon.

I now have a great team around me, who to be honest do most of the work!

My aim is improve the standard of welfare for the reptiles that we keep as pets.


Andy Slaymaker

I’ve always loved reptiles, but they’re one of the few pets I never kept as a child – I had to wait until I got my own house!

I’ve kept a lot of the usual small pets; gerbils, rats, mice, rabbits, ferrets, and tropical fish as well as cats and dogs. Working as a veterinary nurse for six years gave me an enormous amount of experience caring for these creatures, as well a desire to help people learn to care for their pets.

After working for another reptile specialist for five years I joined the Evolution team in August 2012, and will hopefully be here for quite some time yet! We want to give the best information to our customers so that their animals can live long and happy lives, and they can enjoy keeping them without worry. We’re always available to advise and help; there’s always something new to learn, and just talking about the various different ways of doing things can spark new ideas that improve the quality of life for all our pets.

When I’m not at work I can usually be found looking after my own reptile collection, creating my wildlife garden, chasing the chickens out of the vegetable patch, or training my dog. I love going to heavy metal gigs, although these days I’m far too busy to go to as many as I used to!


I have always been extremely interested in animals, ever since I was young I would be very interested in learning about all kinds of different species and would get a kick out of knowing obscure facts about unusual animals which, in turn, encouraged me to want to know even more.

I’ve only recently had the opportunity to keep reptiles, as I don’t think my parents were all that keen on the long wish list that I wanted to keep!


My reptile, invertebrate and amphibian family currently consists of a breeding pair of Royal Pythons (plus 1 lonely stubborn male python), 6 Brazilian Milk Frogs, 4 Red Eyed Tree Frogs, 3 Crested Geckos, a Whites Tree Frog, an African Bullfrog, a Madagascan Day gecko, an Eastern Rat Snake and a very stubborn Bearded Dragon (she is a real character) so not too many pets.

As well as my passion for animals, I’ve always been a keen artist and when I wasn’t wrist deep in mud out in the fields with the animals or exploring off road nature walks with the dogs, I would be drawing or painting or making a huge mess trying to make something interesting. This passion led me to become a tattoo artist which I have been doing for around 3 years now and still occasionally do when I have spare time!

Crested Gecko and Carly