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OkeeTeecornsnake.com was founded by its current owner Chuck Broxton, a local resident of Ridgeland, SC, In Jasper County. As a teenager in the late 1960s and early 1970s Chuck roamed thousands of acres on plantations such as Okeetee, Turkey Hill, Good Hope, and Chelsea. He became an amateur naturalist and herpetologist and captured snakes, alligators and other reptiles. Chuck earned a reputation as the go to person if you had problems with reptiles on your property. He soon became the guide for herpetologists from the large out of state zoos like Staten Island Zoo in New York, the San Diego Zoo in California and the Philadelphia Zoo in Pennsylvania. This was a time before mass development began and the area was still a virtual wilderness teaming with local wildlife.
During this time Chuck developed a special affinity for the corn snakes he found in the OkeeTee area. He felt they were beautiful animals with their mixture of orange red and black on top with a black and white checker board pattern underneath. They also had a gentle disposition and did extremely well when kept as pets. Over the years as conservation became a key issue outsiders were no longer allowed to snake hunt on the local plantations and the annual influx of snake hunters eventually stopped. This is how it should be because the combination of mass hunting and destruction of the snake's habitat began a gradual decline in the corn snake population and other species in the area. It was around this time that Chuck joined the Marine Corps.
After serving a decade in the Marine Corps Chuck moved back to the low country. Because of his love for the local wildlife and outdoors he started a wildlife control business. However, he missed catching, keeping and working with corn snakes. Chuck then discovered the world of snake breeding. What a wonderful way to propagate the species! After some further research Chuck found that the color pattern of the OkeeTee corn was a popular and desired morph among breeders and collectors. He decided to become a purest and start his breeding adventure with wild caught true OkeeTee corns from surrounding areas near the hunt club. This was a natural evolution because Chuck lived minutes from OkeeTee; it was practically at his back door.
Chuck still lives near OkeeTee today and continues to pursue his passion of breeding and protecting his pure bloodline of OkeeTee corn snakes. He has a special relationship with his animals and caters to customers who share his passion and will be good caretakers and promote the well being of these unique and beautiful reptiles.