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Wildlife Photographer, Filmmaker & Author Best Known for Hosting a Series of Snake Documentaries

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 Austin Stevens Biography

Austin Stevens is a South African-born herpetologist, wildlife photographer, filmmaker and author best known for hosting a series of snake documentaries, best known of which is "Austin Stevens: Most Dangerous."

Austin Stevens was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and became interested in snakes at the age of 12. By the time he finished school, his reptile collection included some of the most exotic and venomous species in the world.

His mother lost a lung in a car accident as a girl, was often ill, and died when Stevens was in his 30s; his father owned a small typewriter repair business. He traces his adventurous streak back to his grandfather from Bristol, England—also named Austin James Stevens—part founder of the AJS Motorbike Corporation, but later took the boat to Africa.

Stevens got heavily into motorcycles and gangs and spent years as a self-described "loose cannon." He gave up motorcycles in 1974 after a near-fatal accident during a race. What saved him, he says, was being offered a job at the Transvaal Snake Park, near Johannesburg, which rekindled his passion for wildlife. He became the curator of reptiles at the Transvaal Snake Park, where he spent six years undergoing hands-on training to become a fully qualified herpetologist.

After leaving the Transvaal Snake Park, he took up a position as Curator of Herpetology at the Nordharzer Schlangenfarm in Germany, a park which he helped design and bring into operation before returning to Africa, where he took up the position as Curator of Reptiles at the Hartebeespoort Dam Snake and Animal Park. In an effort to generate funds and public interest in the plight of African gorillas, Austin set a record by spending 107 days and nights in a cage with 36 of the most venomous and dangerous snakes in Africa. On the 96th day, he was bitten by a cobra, but to many people's amazement he refused to leave the cage and was instead treated in the cage. Although very sick from the snakebite, he completed the 107 days and beat the existing Guinness World Record (documented in the Guinness Book of Animal Records). His world record has never been duplicated nor broken, though there have been a number of other attempts at similar records (records attempted with different conditions and snakes to Stevens' record.) From that experience, Austin authored a book entitled "Snakes in my Bed." Thereafter, Austin moved to Namibia where he became involved in wildlife photography and film making.

Nowadays Austin's career in herpetology includes presenting a series of TV programs about reptiles and other wild animals. The main program "Austin Stevens: Snakemaster" is also known as "Austin Stevens: Most Dangerous" on Animal Planet and Austin Stevens Adventures broadcast on Animal Planet and five in the United Kingdom. His show was also presented in high definition on HDNet under the title Austin Stevens Adventures in the U.S. in the fall of 2009. His latest book "The Last Snake Man" was published in the UK by Noir Publishing.

Stevens never received any formal photography training, and says he does not have a large collection of camera gear, preferring to keep his kit compact. He describes himself as a 'Canon fan' who has used various brands of cameras since the 1970s. In many of the early episodes he is seen using the Canon EOS 50D and later the Canon 300D. In the second season, he uses the Samsung GX-10, which he uses with both Samsung and Pentax lenses. He also uses a Samsung Pro815 and an unspecified Sony Cybershot model for general use.

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Austin Stevens

Wildlife Photographer, Filmmaker & Author Best Known for Hosting a Series of Snake Documentaries

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Austin Stevens Biography

Austin Stevens is a South African-born herpetologist, wildlife photographer, filmmaker and author best known for hosting a series of snake documentaries, best known of which is "Austin Stevens: Most Dangerous."

Austin Stevens was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and became interested in snakes at the age of 12. By the time he finished school, his reptile collection included some of the most exotic and venomous species in the world.

His mother lost a lung in a car accident as a girl, was often ill, and died when Stevens was in his 30s; his father owned a small typewriter repair business. He traces his adventurous streak back to his grandfather from Bristol, England—also named Austin James Stevens—part founder of the AJS Motorbike Corporation, but later took the boat to Africa.

Stevens got heavily into motorcycles and gangs and spent years as a self-described "loose cannon." He gave up motorcycles in 1974 after a near-fatal accident during a race. What saved him, he says, was being offered a job at the Transvaal Snake Park, near Johannesburg, which rekindled his passion for wildlife. He became the curator of reptiles at the Transvaal Snake Park, where he spent six years undergoing hands-on training to become a fully qualified herpetologist.

After leaving the Transvaal Snake Park, he took up a position as Curator of Herpetology at the Nordharzer Schlangenfarm in Germany, a park which he helped design and bring into operation before returning to Africa, where he took up the position as Curator of Reptiles at the Hartebeespoort Dam Snake and Animal Park. In an effort to generate funds and public interest in the plight of African gorillas, Austin set a record by spending 107 days and nights in a cage with 36 of the most venomous and dangerous snakes in Africa. On the 96th day, he was bitten by a cobra, but to many people's amazement he refused to leave the cage and was instead treated in the cage. Although very sick from the snakebite, he completed the 107 days and beat the existing Guinness World Record (documented in the Guinness Book of Animal Records). His world record has never been duplicated nor broken, though there have been a number of other attempts at similar records (records attempted with different conditions and snakes to Stevens' record.) From that experience, Austin authored a book entitled "Snakes in my Bed." Thereafter, Austin moved to Namibia where he became involved in wildlife photography and film making.

Nowadays Austin's career in herpetology includes presenting a series of TV programs about reptiles and other wild animals. The main program "Austin Stevens: Snakemaster" is also known as "Austin Stevens: Most Dangerous" on Animal Planet and Austin Stevens Adventures broadcast on Animal Planet and five in the United Kingdom. His show was also presented in high definition on HDNet under the title Austin Stevens Adventures in the U.S. in the fall of 2009. His latest book "The Last Snake Man" was published in the UK by Noir Publishing.

Stevens never received any formal photography training, and says he does not have a large collection of camera gear, preferring to keep his kit compact. He describes himself as a 'Canon fan' who has used various brands of cameras since the 1970s. In many of the early episodes he is seen using the Canon EOS 50D and later the Canon 300D. In the second season, he uses the Samsung GX-10, which he uses with both Samsung and Pentax lenses. He also uses a Samsung Pro815 and an unspecified Sony Cybershot model for general use.

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  • How much does it cost to book Austin Stevens?

    Booking fees for Austin Stevens, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Austin Stevens, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Austin Stevens?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Austin Stevens for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Austin Stevens for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Austin Stevens or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Austin Stevens or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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