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Austin Stevens is a South African-born Australian naturalist, herpetologist, wildlife photographer, documentarian, television personality, and author best known as the host of the Animal Planet nature documentary series Austin Stevens: Snakemaster (2004−09).

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.

Following his time in the army, Stevens heavily got into motorcycles and gangs and spent years as a self-described "Hell's satan". He gave up motorcycles in 1974 after a near-fatal accident during a race. He says, what saved him from that lifestyle 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, Photographer and film maker.

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, Stevens set a record by spending 107 days and nights in a glass cage with 36 of the most venomous and dangerous snakes in Africa. On the 96th day, he was bitten by an Egyptian cobra but to many people's amazement, he refused to leave the cage and was instead treated inside the cage. Although very sick from the snakebite, Stevens recovered and completed the 107 days, beating 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.) Stevens authored a book entitled Snakes in my Bed from the experience.

Thereafter, Austin moved to Namibia where he became involved in wildlife photography and filmmaking.

Stevens' career in herpetology also included hosting a TV programme called Austin Stevens: Snakemaster. The show aired on Animal Planet in the United States and 5 in the United Kingdom. For season two, the series was rechristened Austin Stevens Adventures, which, in a similar vein to fellow Animal Planet shows The Crocodile Hunter and The Jeff Corwin Experience, began focusing on other animals, such as rhinos and hyenas, along with snakes; the show was presented in high definition and broadcast a total of 28 episodes before ending in 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 early episodes of Austin Stevens: Snakemaster, he can seen using a Canon EOS 50E and a Canon 300D later. In the second season, he uses a Samsung GX-10, which he attaches both Samsung and Pentax lenses to. He also uses a Samsung Pro815 and an unspecified Sony Cybershot model for general use

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