What has been your most memorable moment whilst filming the show?
It has to be filming rhinos in Kenya - I'm quite nervous
of rhinos now.
Is there a particular place you've never been to
that you'd like to visit?
I'd love to go to Madagascar - there's some reptiles
there I'd love to see. I'd love to see an Aye-aye too. I used to have nightmares
about them but I know they're not scarey now.
Are you ever scared of animals ?
When I go to exotic places it's often the people that
make me feel more threatened.
Have you ever held a rattle snake?
Yes I have - I was in Texas and I found it under a rock.
Beats the average woodlouse. A friend keeps them in this country but I haven't
held them yet...
Have you had any embarrassing moments with animals?
An otter whipped my swimming trunks off once! Could have
What is your fav band?
Offspring, because they had a cockroach on their album
Where do u see ur self in 10 years time?
Hopefully doing the same thing but with more bugs, fewer
Is there anything about your job that you don't like?
All the jabs you have to have when you go filming. And I
hate flying - it's unnatural for humans!
I've noticed that you wear two chains - one with a spider on,
but what is on the other one?
It's a shark's tooth - it was given to me after filming
great whites in South Africa.
What was the bug you ate like?
It was an interesting experience. I'm into eating bugs -
it was a beetle grub - bit like nutty flavoured shrimp.
If u weren't a tv presenter, what do u think u would do?
I'd be doing the same thing off camera - I'm a
naturalist and that's the only job for me.
What pets do you have at home?
I have a axolotle (salamander), a catfish, a giant
snapping turtle, 80 tarantulas, 2 boa contrictors, a reticulated python and a
plethora of cockroaches and creepy crawlies.
If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which animal
I would love to be a peregrine falcon. They live long
and fast and they're protected in this country.
What do you belive to be the most intelligent animal?
It's not us, because few animals mess up their own
habitat so they can't live there any more. Has to be a gorilla or a chimp.
Have u got hurt yet by an animal?
Yes, it usually involves being bitten, of all the toxic
poisonous big-toothed animals I've worked with, a gerbil bite was the worst.
Who looks after your animals when u are on holiday?
My neighbours and friends. They have to be good ones.
In your life, what's been the most rewarding experience or
something that you'll never forget?
Leather-backed turtles laying eggs on a beach in Costa
Rica - that moment when the female swims off into the ocean. That's probably the
last time she'll ever be seen by humans.
If you could turn your friend into a animal which one would
it be and why?
I've got lots of friends that don't like spiders - I'd
love to turn them into spiders so they know what it's like to be hated.
What is your favorite food?
I'm a big fan of calamari and of course the occasional
Who was ur idol when u was ickle?
There are several but Gerald Durrell inspired me more
than most. Attenborough, of course, is God.
What famous woman would you most like to be deserted with on
If she was real, it would be Lara Croft - otherwise
Wots the weirdest thing you have ever done?
It has to be dangling out of a helicopter above 200,000
penguins - I hit my head on the way back up.
What happened to your hair?
Someone actually told me it looked stupid. It ended up
on the floor of a hair emporium.
Are you a beer or a lager man?
Do you have a Girlfriend?
Yes, I have.
[Lucky Girl!- webmistress].
Do you have hassles with your contact lenses in hot/cold
Yes. I had one drop out in the middle of a rain forest
in Australia and we had to drive the car in and turn on the lights to find it. I
had to suck the dirt off and put it back in and my optician nearly murdered me [see
Nick's Quest - Duck Billed Platypus]
What do you do in your spare time, if you have any?
I like to play harmonica in my band. I like reading and
playing with my snakes.
Were you a geek at school?
What car do you drive?
I drive a Jeep Wrangler [in
What is ur favourite film?
I like Bladerunner - favourite film of all time [mine
too! - webmistress].
Although Microcosmos comes a close second.
What was your first encounter with a wild animal?
The first memorable one was blue tits on my nut feeder
when I was little. After that ants held my attention. My mum was pretty wild
when she found out I was breeding silk moths in the wardrobe!
What is your faviorite domestic animal?
My favourite domestic animal has to be a duck. I had one
when I was little and he was quite a character.
Are there any aspirations you would like to achieve in this
life (...or the next!)?
I'd like to cut a record and to see mountain gorillas
Have you got a nickname, if not did you have a nickname at
I've got several. The printable ones include noodle and
mo because I used to sing a song particularly badly called 'Mojo Working'.
What do you do with all your tarantula skins?
I keep the good ones. But if anyone is interested I'll
certainly sell them for Children in Need.
How big was your camera crew in oz?
Three excluding me - sound man, camera man and researcher.
What is your favourite book on the natural world?
I really really like The Amateur Naturalist by
Gerald Durrell. It was my bible as a kid and I still use it today.
Whats your favorite tv show?
My favourite TV show is Trigger Happy TV - I'm a
Who do you most admire?
I admire David Bowie for still being cool at his age. I
really admire my mother and brother as well.
What kind of music do you play?
I play blues, jazz and funk.