My name is Jay W. Nelmes, I was born in Petropolis Brazil in 1965. Although I did not live there long, I remember enough of this beautiful country that it has always intrigued me. My older brother John Charles is 16 years older than I am, so he had the opportunity to explore the jungle quite often and collect Butterflies as well as a vast array of other insects which he mounted in glass frame cases. His collection was fascinating and inspired me into the world of entomology.
With my attempt to imitate my brothers work, it was to no avail. His methods with the use of steam to open up there wings, and other methods to preserving them was something I never learned. We both departed when he had gone to England while I moved to the United States in 1970 at yrs. of age.
During my later childhood I still collected insects with the attempt to imitate my brother but never achieved the ability to do so. I then became attracted to the Reptile & Amphibian World since this began to intrigue me.
I began to build my first primitive cages for my first lizards which were anoles at age 14. The reptile world at that time was not common. So finding any at a pet store was not really available. The fish and bird world always seemed to be accessible, but not the reptile world, which made it all the more interesting to have and learn about.
Over the years I learned drafting, carpentry and electrical. I got married to my wife Tinamarie, and it was on our honeymoon where I learned she loved these types of animals when we brought home an Iguana on the train back home in CT in a Styrofoam cooler.
My wife became ill for several years shortly after our marriage. This is when I have focused my skills as a craftsman in fabricating decorative cages. for the reptile world since everything was focused on Birds & Fish. There seemed to be a demand for suitable housing for Reptiles so my mission was to channel my energies towards this field.
This allowed me to be home to care for her. I am happy to say she is doing well and has been my assistant now for over 25 years. We have traveled to over 36 states now delivering these enclosures for Residential, Museums & Universities even celebrities.
Each of these enclosures are hand crafted and designed specifically for the animal’s needs. These enclosures are especially suited for housing reptiles because I have designed these so they can contain large pools of water. Most of these enclosures are usually personally delivered and set up by me including interior settings as a complete system.