I always remembered the first
time I saw him, the "crazy" man, one day when I was
playing with my dinosaurs in our back garden (as a kid, you know you love dinosaurs too !), my dad called out: "Dan,
there's crocodiles on TV". I rushed into the front room
to see a blond guy, an aussie on top of a HUGE crocodile, Cricky
he said, She's a beauty he screamed, since that day I was hooked
on the Crocodile hunter, every time it was on I was parked on
the sofa. He made some amazing viewing. I was always fascinated
by the techniques used to catch dangerous reptiles, he's my hero.
So when we moved to the South of France, I saw snakes, I saw
lizards, I saw my passion and by using his techniques and building
up my skill and reflexes, I've become a reptile fan.
I started to get interested
in 1997 when I "discovered" the Crocodile hunter on
the discovery channel.
Since then it was all just a dream until my family and I moved to the south of France where I could
finally live my dream of studying and helping reptiles.
At first I only caught the reptiles that I saw but after
a while, I wanted to make records of what I saw, so I used cameras
to photograph the different species, in 2000 I got my first field
guide which helped me enormously with learning the different
species and telling the difference.
Now I work at locating populations of species and
then try to protect it by keeping check on the population numbers
and making sure no one to harm them comes near their habitat.
Me on the floor with a large Ocellated lizard (Timon lepidus) wanting to run by me - June 2006
Closer inspection on this Ocellated lizard (Timon lepidus) female - October 2006