About Us

Super Stripe Ball Python

Let me tell you about Shinja, LLC and how it got started.  Shinja is owned and operated by myself, Mark Haas.  I graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Computer Engineering and currently work as a software engineer. Shinja means “holy snakes” in Japanese and the logo is a mixture of those characters.  My mother was my inspiration for the name.

When I was a kid I absolutely adored animals and drove my mother crazy begging her to buy them.  I even bred Siberian dwarf hamsters when I was in elementary school.  During high school, one of my best friends Sean Travis bought a couple of snakes - a Brazilian rainbow boa and a Surinam red tail boa. He took me to all kinds of strange exotic animal pet stores, and I ended up buying my first snake, a Columbian red tail boa.

Clown Ball Python

Off to college Sean and I went. The collection of rare reptiles had to be put on hold because needless to say college students aren't too wealthy. After graduating college I began breeding ball pythons.

To be honest, I didn’t know the first thing about breeding snakes. Along with the help of experienced breeders, I finally got the hang of it. Sadly in 2004, Sean was killed in a car accident. He was a great friend that lived life to its fullest. We always talked about getting into breeding snakes, which is what lead me to the start of Shinja, LLC.

Pastel Clown Ball Python

Over the years I have expanded my company to a larger degree than I ever imagined. Now my collection not only consists of ball pythons but also poison arrow dart frogs. Who knows what my passion for animals will lead to next!