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.
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!
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.
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.
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.