My first two pets were a baby bitis gabonica and a baby crocodylus niloticus. I was five. Thats a hell of a way to start. We were living in ghana with excusions to acra at the time, my dad worked there, and them my mom got bitten on the back of the knee by a green mamba, she nearly died and became reptile phobic, so I had to release them. Then we came back to the uk,I was seven and I rescued a female slow worm who was heavily pregnant out of season and caught in a frost. I released her and her babies the following spring, having somehow managed to work out what they need to live from a load of my animal books. Never looked back really.
Ended up with a personal collection of around 50, chameleons iguanids, monitors,agamids, numerous geckos, and the odd snake , tortoises and toads, frogs, and rescued hundreds more. I decided to focus on fishkeeping more about 13 years ago and phased them out,never replaced those that died of old age, and rehomed the tortoises to someone who had a spectacular paddock for them, the iguana died a few years ago in his early twenties, and now I just have the turtles left, but I can keep just about any reptile. I still have 3 huge sliding front all glass vivaria in the garage if I need them, though I did take the iguanas 12x6x8 cage apart and dump it. Even looked after spectacled caiman for a bit. I used to be just as crazy with reptiles as I am now with fish.
lol , just to be extremely boring, hes a few old newspaper clippings of me doing the do.Media star dontcha know.lol did about 2 hours worth of stuff for central news over a couple of years, did a solid 3 hour stint on bbc knowledge channel when it first opened, and was on a bbc 4 series "the vale" about animal rescue for about 8 episodes and got to hang around with tony robinson, who was actually a very cool guy. Being that I turned up one morning at the rescue with an awesome hangover, having no clue as to what was going on and trying not to look in the light, to find a coffee being thrust into my face by a grinning tony robinson.
just thought id add my bit i have 2 sulcata tortoise and they really shouldnt be sold in the uk so anyone interested in buying a tortoise do not get a sulcata unless you really know what your letting yourself in for!