At the age of 20, Boris Levek breeds reptiles: “No more difficult than a dog or a cat” (video)

I had an aquarium, then two, then three. Until the next one fits in my room.

The young man became interested in exotic fish very early. “I had one tank, then two, then three. Until the next one fits in my roomhe smiles. My mother told me : “Wouldn’t it be better to take a small lizard instead?”What I’ve done. I was 12 years old. Then there were two, three…

Boris’s interest in reptiles became more and more diverse, from snakes to turtles. And little by little the idea of ​​breeding these animals arose. Not without difficulty: “Each species has its own incubation period and is difficult to control in one room. So I decided to target chameleons and monitor lizards.” A specialty that only two or three can approve in Belgium.

Each species has its own incubation period, and it is difficult to sustain it in one room. I then decided to target chameleons and monitor lizards.

With his first big success thanks to the “miracle” of a genetic mutation that allowed him to produce an extraordinary brood of geckos: “Fifty people were ransomed from me in Japan.” With the funds thus freed up, the great teenager’s infatuation is unlikely to take time to take on a professional direction…

Internship in his company

Boris Levesque was barely 18 when he knocked on the door of the Charleroi Entreprendre, which supports entrepreneurial candidates. The current immediately passes with Jean-Francois Degen, his coach. The project takes shape, a financial plan is drawn up.

Reliable plan: It only takes a week for the bank to transfer the borrowed money into his account. “In six months I became an independent student”he explains. Because in the meantime, the budding entrepreneur received a bachelor’s degree in agronomy with a specialization in animal husbandry from the High School of Louvain-en-Ainault in Montigny-sur-Sambre. The training he completes this year with an internship he can take in his company.

Everything that can be sold here is already there. If I have 200 chameleons for sale now, they will all be booked in three days.

A tile related to buying animals in Indonesia causes him to lose 2,000 euros to start with. But the first attempts at breeding chameleons erased this dreary beginning. So that today “The problem is not in demand, but in supply to customers, he assures. Everything that can be sold here is already there. If I have 200 chameleons for sale now, they will all be booked in three days.”

Tours in Europe

For the sale of his animals, Boris Levek has contacts with sellers all over the world, even in Asia and the Americas. Its Belgian clientele is only 10%. The breeder carries out its own deliveries throughout Europe. “It goes from northern Germany to Portugal, and also to the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia and northern Italy.” This requires an air-conditioned tour with an isothermal van every one and a half to two months. “But always with animals that are soldhe insists. In 15 months, I covered 75,000 terminals.”

At the age of 20, Boris Levek is breeding reptiles:

From the incubator for 200 eggs, I will switch to a larger one, with a capacity of 2500 to 3000.

To meet this demand, which can fetch from €70 for the cheapest person up to €2,500 or even more, Boris Levek set about expanding his capabilities. From 40 m2 (15 m2 at present due to works limiting the number of animals to 80) the breeding area will increase to 100 m2. “From the incubator for 200 eggs, I will move to a larger one, fromcapacity from 2500 to 3000”. However, the goal is to reach a thousand young reptiles per year.

Enough to allow a student entrepreneur to become self-reliant without resorting to partial service providers. “I hope this activity becomes profitable enough to make it my job and move to SRL with two or three employees.”

At the age of 20, Boris Levek is breeding reptiles:
At the age of 20, Boris Levek is breeding reptiles:
At the age of 20, Boris Levek is breeding reptiles:
At the age of 20, Boris Levek is breeding reptiles:
At the age of 20, Boris Levek is breeding reptiles:
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