For more than 40 years, Mark Seward has been pursuing a passion for reptiles. Today he is widely recognized as a leading authority on the captive propagation of the Gila monster, Heloderma suspectum.
The author of the book Gila Monster Propagation and the video and book, Ball Python Breeding, Seward is dedicated to disseminating information about reptiles with a particular focus on captive husbandry and reproduction.
Seward’s current research focuses on the reproductive cycles in Gila monsters. Using ultrasound technology, Dr. Seward is shedding light on the mysteries of Gila monster reproduction. He has also collaborated with Amylin Pharmaceuticals on research involving exendin-4, a peptide found in Gila monster venom, currently used as a treatment for human diabetes. Seward has appeared on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Animal Planet and the Travel Channel.
Seward received his postgraduate degree from Emory University School of Dentistry in Atlanta, Georgia as a Robert W. Woodruff Fellow. This fellowship is awarded to those individuals whom it is felt “have qualities of mind and character which will enable them to make significant contributions to the history of humanity and the dental profession.” He was also elected to membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a national honorary dental society recognizing excellence and academic achievement. Before entering private practice, Seward completed residency training at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
Currently retired from dentistry, he and his monsters live at high altitudes in Colorado.