In their first showing at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Adam Andrews and son Flyn have had great success.
Snakes the Salamander Bay father and son duo have reared and bred earned placings in the frog and reptile competitions.
Flyn earned first place in the junior section with his 7.5-foot long, 21 kilogram jungle python named Bella while Mr Andrews won second place for 'best morph' with a marble children's python named Moo Moo that he has bred.
"We are over the moon with our first ever Sydney Royal Easter Show awards," Mr Andrews said.
"It was an awesome experience. The reptile community that we met down there was unreal."
Flyn said he was "really happy" with his win.
He explained that Bella, who laid 30 eggs for him last year, is trained not to bite.
Flyn said what he liked about owning snakes and reptiles was teaching others about them.
Mr Andrews, originally from the United Kingdom, has been keeping and breeding reptiles for 25 years.
He said he got his first snake at age 9 and "has not stopped since then".
He has passed his love for reptiles to his sons, Noah, aged 9, and Flyn, 8.
While there was a brief pause in Mr Andrews owning reptiles when he moved to Australia 10 years ago, once Noah asked for a pet bearded dragon things "escalated quickly".
The family now home 150 reptiles.
Through their Adams Family Reptile Den business, the trio breed reptiles - snakes, frogs, skinks and bereded dragons - and make custom enclosures for them.
The family bred and sold 27 baby bearded dragons and enclosures for them at Christmas.
Additionally, the family provide expert advice for anyone who reaches out to them in need of guidance.
"We love to educate people about snakes and reptiles," Mr Andrews said.
"We have quite a few people reach out to us for advice, which we're more than happy to provide.
"I get calls about set ups and enclosures for reptiles, asking for advice.
"It feels good to be able to help, to give back. This is something I have been doing for a long time and I really love."
Last year, Mr Andrews won best new breeder at the Penrith Reptile Expo, which he has followed up with a pacing in the prestigious Easter Show awards.
Both Mr Andrews and Flyn said they were eager to enter into the Easter Show again next year, and take Noah.
Mr Andrews said he is working on becoming a volunteer with Wildlife In Need Of Care following a number of calls over the years to relocate snakes and his desire to do so.
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