Who are you?
An avid herpetoculturist
Is that a scientist?
No. A herpetologist is someone who has attained a college degree in reptiles and amphibians. Any person who chooses to devote their time to herps and develops a large information base in a myriad of species is a herpetoculurist. Basically, if you break down this word it means " Someone who actively participates in the keeping and breeding of reptiles and amphibians ".
Where can I find other herpetoculturists?
http://www.kingsnake.com/ is where most of them who use the internet hang out. There are literally hundreds of people anxiously answering questions and sharing advise on a daily basis. Follow the link to the forum of your choice.
Where did you learn about herps?
I volunteered at a zoo for many of my growing years. Working with a diversity of animals helped me to gain information, and later on aquire the species I wanted to personally keep.
If you are ever in Mid-Coast Maine, check out the Acadia Zoological Park.