Britain's Strangest Pets

Series 1 - Episode 1

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In Nathan and Charlotte’s home, four camels are part of the family. He bought them in Bulgaria last Christmas, having made the journey specially and paid around £60,000 for them. They have their own passports. Breakfast is a strange scene, as the camels eat at the table with the family...

Chris has dedicated his life to reptiles. He prefers their company to that of humans. His favourite reptile is Hector, a six-foot monitor lizard normally found in Asia. Hector lives like any self-respecting urban lizard, with a heat lamp, bathing pool and a television with a remote control.

Terry’s passion is big cats. He not only breeds and rescues them but also lives with them. When they are cubs, he keeps them in the house and treats them like kittens. Terry thinks of his cats rather like his children, he is not at all afraid of them and is always sadwhen they start to show aggression as he then has to move them out to his garden or find them a new home. There are currently has 20 big cats living in his back garden, from jaguars to Amur leopards.

Ian is the person to call when you can no longer handle your pet reptile. He rescues and finds new lodgings for the ones that have become too wild for their suburban homes. He also keeps 70 reptiles at home. Today he receives a cry for help from Susan, whose two iguanas have grown increasingly out of control. Ian is only too glad to help.

  • Series 1 - Episode 2

    Meet Kate's hen Floella, who goes to the hairdresser. And Janey's 17-stone 'micro-pig' who lives a life of luxury.

    Available until 23:59 17 Sep 2014

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Comments (27)

  • blakey

    11 months ago


    they are so lucky i'd love to have all those pets because i love animals sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much there my pation and i'm only 12

  • reptile lover

    12 months ago

    reptile lover

    i would love a house full of reptile i love reptiles soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much (:


    over 1 year ago


    where to begin 1st off if that bloke feels better wearing gloves to handle his snake yes HIS snake then whats your problem, as noted in previous comments most of these reptiles would not survive in there natural environment due to bigger pray so if keeping lizard etc alive and happy for many many years is wrong then lord help us, unless u keep exotic pets as i do myself the you cannot comment, and here's to the most idiotic comment i have seen on here so far a man writes about having permission to feed the lady's micro pig from her own kitchen complete waste of space yet again its her pet, oh yes and i nearly forgot she needs a walking permit for her pig the man writes FOOL, i would just like to say how amazing the pet owners are in this series even more so to hectors owner amazing man with gorgeous reptiles, and my last comment if you don't like it people don't watch it then try write comments of which u know nothing about!!!!!!!!!!!

  • olivia

    over 1 year ago


    I would love to have a house full of reptiles!! It would be great!

  • Camel lover

    over 1 year ago

    Camel lover

    I Love these episodes, All the Animals look really happy and are well cared for, the keepers are totally devoted to there pets. Only thing that could have improved the program is to remove the idiot with the gloves!

  • Animals best interests

    over 1 year ago

    Animals best interests

    This is so wrong, These animals should not be kept in the UK. As much as they love them its wrong for the animals

  • Lydia

    over 1 year ago


    @Sam. I think you should do some research before making ridiculous comments. The RSPCA is NOT a business it is a charity. It is NOT government funded and relies on support of the public to do what they do. They do an amazing job and they dont favour certain animals over another. They promote the "duty of care" as written in the animal welfare act.

  • Bronte's Mum

    over 1 year ago

    Bronte's Mum

    Yes I am having a problem regarding the download, which is downloaded but I still cannot access this programme.

  • Steve Kirk

    over 1 year ago

    Steve Kirk

    Could anyone out there please tell me why i had no problem yesterday but today it keeps asking me to download adobe flash player.

  • nevermind

    over 1 year ago


    i have just started watching this so i watched episode 2 befour 1 for some reason and i noticed a coment on this one talking about the boa keeper with the gloves , i hope hes not on this one aswell or ill punch the screen , the guy clearly has no clue what hes doing and is blethering out his ass , GLOVES......for a BOA , yehhh coz therre bite is why they are known as constrictors (large amounts of sarcasim in that last statement ).............stupid boy !!! he will give allrep keepers a bad name !! ohh this makes my blood boil ohh and if he got bit by any kind of monitor , and he had the 1st clue about them hed be gettting his ass to hospital to make sure he ok , not take pain killers and go to bed !! , and i have a boa myself aswell i have 2 of them and a ball python .....never needed gloves in my life for them , and my boas are wayyy bigger than that wee thing

  • north east reptile rescue

    over 1 year ago

    north east reptile rescue

    some of the reptile keepers on these shows are not a true image of the average reptile keeper in the uk im mainly going on about that idiot who calls himself reptile man from essex). many argue that reptiles and exotics shouldnt be kept in captivity. i argue that some of these species would now be extinct or close to extinction if it wasnt for captive breeding programs and the majority of captive reptiles in this country live a healtheir longer life than they would in their native habitat. in the wild most live on the brink of starvation most of the time in captivity they have a longer lifespan and access to vetinary care when in ill health. most are captive bred and would not survive if released into the wild

  • David Snipp (from essex jungle)

    over 1 year ago

    David Snipp (from essex jungle)

    Most of these animals dont have a natural environment any more due to humans taking it over so the lest we can do is bring them to our homes and give them a healthy life style that and there captive bred and dont know any different

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  • tula

    over 1 year ago


    take care of what you have domesticated. if all their animal needs are met, whats wrong with keeping them

  • Penny

    over 1 year ago


    I visited terry's leopards on two different occasions a few years ago. He is not some sort of strange eccentric but a careful and committed conservationist. they are not kept as pets despite the title of the show and his "back garden" is huge. he is a serious breeder of endangered species and his cats are not sold to the public for profit but are used in serios breeding programmes in conjunction with zoos and other reputable organisations. our endangered animals need all the help thay can get we need more people like Terry

  • sam

    over 1 year ago


    hes called the reptile man because he was in the paper. also can i just say any body who thinks the RSPCA is the last word in animal welfare has no clue about the industry. RSPCA is a business that only care about turning a profit i 1 form or another they only appear to care about animals the majority of the public can relate to such as cats dogs rabits ect. they have no interest in exotics as they cost so much to make well again and keep hence why there are so many people who dedicate there life to rescuing them as-well as countless voluntary man hours.

  • Ant

    over 1 year ago


    Has anybody noticed that this show has reused a lot of clips from Essex Jungle?

  • hibob

    over 1 year ago


    i want to no why the one and only reptile man has gardon gloves on for a boa ? i had one of his boas come to me all mest up !!!

  • Exoticpetlover1362727

    over 1 year ago


    Yes these animals have been taken from their environment which I think is wrong, but from what I've seen from the first episodes, the animals are perfectly well looked after and look happy in what they see as 'exotic' environments.

  • Ian

    over 1 year ago


    I read Helen's statement with amusement. I actually do a lot of fundraising for The Cat Survival Trust and have done so after Dr. Moore was kind enough to name a snow leopard after a friend of mine who died in a car crash. To accuse Terry of animal cruelty is laughable bordering on insane. The man has devoted his life to these animals and has arguably done more for wild cat conservation worldwide than any person living. Patrons to his charity include David Attenborough and Brian Blessed who wouldn't put their name to anything that would condone animal cruelty. These cats aren't pets and are affectionate only to those they have known since birth and see regularly. They are in no way pets and many are sent into the wild on breeding programmes. As well as the wild cats there are also over fifty domestic cats that people have dumped at their front gate thinking they are a cattery. None are ever turned away. Having said this you don’t just have to take my word for it. The CST has nothing to hide and welcome visitors.

  • Casperion

    over 1 year ago


    Helen why is it wrong? Most reptiles are captive bred and wouldn't stand a chance in the wild. You have no clue what you're talking about. Technically cats aren't domesticated so by your standard they should be in their natural environment. Get a grip

  • Sherri

    over 1 year ago


    Helen, think abput what you're saying. All 'domesticated' animals such as dogs, cats and rabbits were taken from the 'wild' once upon a time, animals in captivity live longer and have a better quality of life most of the time, with regular meals, vet access, and a clean, safe environment. I have reptiles and they are extremely well-cared for and very much loved. They are captive bred and have never known any different, nor have they affected the 'wild' population.

  • jandy360

    over 1 year ago


    nearly all my friends own a reptile or an exotics pet, i own a tarantula which is cool. waiting to watch this on demand 5.

  • Helen

    over 1 year ago


    It's just wrong! These beautiful animals shouldn't be locked in for the pleasure of our sick appetites. The RSPCA should step in and take them and help them go back to their natural environment.....get a grip people!

  • Robyn

    over 1 year ago


    Why do people with exotic pets have to be classed as weird/odd/eccentric anyway. To us loving a pet lizard/reptile is no different to loving a dog or cat

  • Tarron Boon

    over 1 year ago

    Tarron Boon

    I certainly hope channel 5 and the producers have picked responsible, suitable keepers instead of the fringe 'eccentric' these shows normally use. As secretary of the British Exotic Mammal Association (BEMA) I will be watching this series very carefully!

  • Snakeman

    almost 2 years ago


    I wonder how dodgy they'll make some of us reptile keepers look... This had better be an improvement on Essex Jungle!