Learn more about Nigel

How old were you when you had your first pets?

I kept all sorts of pets from an early age, things like stick insects and frogs. My first proper reptile was a Green lizard when I was 9 and when I was 15 I got a pet Caiman. Now I keep lizards, turtles, snakes and an owl called Misty.

What is your favourite species of snake and why?

My top 10 snakes would be  Taipan, Red-sided Garter, Adder, Nose-horned Viper, Orsini's and Eyelash vipers, Water python, Aesculapian, Bull and Mandarin rat-snake. I love Mandarine Rat-snakes. Their pattern and colours are so beautiful. I wish I had one as a pet!

Did you enjoy making dinosaur programmes?

Yes, very much so. Prehistoric Park is still one of my favourite series. Maybe one day I'll make another show about our prehistoric friends from the past.

Do you have lots of books about animals?

I do, I have hundreds of books that I've collected over the years and they are very special to me. I read them for pleasure and research when heading off on a long filming trip.

How many pets do you have?

Lots! I have skinks, snakes - including a 5ft Boa Contrictor, turtles, tortoises and my Great Grey Owl, Misty. I also have 7 Aldabra Giant Tortoises that are currently on loan to Noah's Ark Zoo near Bristol.

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