The Man With 24 Crocodiles Living At His Semi-Detached Home


Shaun Foggett is Britain’s answer to Steve Irwin after assembling the largest collection of crocodiles in the country in his back garden. Shaun, 30, keeps 24 crocodiles and alligators in the semi-detached home in Oxford he shares with fiancée Lisa Green, 29, and children Billy, six, Louie, four, and eight-month-old Shania.Joiner Shaun has even erected a purpose-built enclosure for his unique pets which include endangered Black Caymans, Cuban crocodiles and a Chinese alligator to keep the reptiles at a constant 25 degrees.

Shaun has now raised £100,000 in just two years to create Britains first crocodile zoo so his house can be restored to normality.
Shaun is still hunting for a 5,000 sq ft location big enough to house all his prehistoric beasts but in the meantime, his family home retains a tropical feel.”They are amazing animals but not cheap to keep as pets. Just feeding them with rodents and fish costs £8,000 a year,” Shaun said.”I have been interested in crocodiles since I was a little kid and once I started reptiles at 17 it just snowballed.By the time I was 25 I had my dangerous animals licence and I was looking after crocodiles and alligators.



Crikey Steveirwini! Snail Honour For Late Aussie Star


An Australian scientist has paid an unusual tribute to late conservation star Steve Irwin by naming a rare species of snail “crikey steveirwini”.Queensland Museum scientist John Stanisic said khaki colours on the stripy tree snail reminded him of the trademark shirt and shorts worn by Irwin, who died in a freak stingray incident in 2006.

“This is an extremely rare species of snail,” Stanisic said Friday, describing it as “a colourful snail, with swirling bands of creamy yellow, orange-brown and chocolate giving the shell an overall khaki appearance”.

“It was the khaki colour that immediately drew the connection to the late Crocodile Hunter,” he said.Stanisic said crikey steveirwini’s name and precarious habitat would also draw attention to the effects of climate change.”So far it has only been found in three locations, all on the summits of high mountains in far north Queensland and at altitudes above 1,000 metres (3,280 feet), which is quite unusual for Australian land snails,” he said.

“These mountainous habitats will be among the first to feel the effects of climate change and Steve Irwin’s tree snail could become a focal species for monitoring this change.”‘Crocodile Hunter’ Irwin, known for his “Crikey!” catchphrase, has already had a wildlife reserve, a road, a turtle and an anti-whaling ship named after him.Meanwhile Sunday (November 15) has been nominated as “Steve Irwin Day” by Australia Zoo in Queensland, which he built with his father, Bob.