About Dean Thorpe:
Lover of animals of all kinds

My many pets

I have always been mad about animals, growing up we had a few cats and dogs, but always found animals interesting. The first pet we bought after I left home and got married was a corn snake, one that I still have 17 years later, a good age for a corn snake!!!

Over the years I have had many pets. At the time of writing this (December 2018) I have a Squid the Parsons Jack Russell Dog, Rex the Corn Snake plus Badger, Moley, Cobweb, Weasel, Onyx and Opal who are all Rats! I the past I have had Roxy the Royal Python, Simon the Bearded Dragon, lots of Rats, a few Degus, Stick Insects of all kinds, a few Spiders and even some very normal Fish. There are very few animals that I have any fear of and those are purely for practical reasons, I know that handling venomous snakes and spiders is dangerous, so I would fear that, the same if I got put in with a Tiger or Lion, I’d be very nervous. 

Knockhatch Adventure Park

I used to be very involved with Knockhatch Adventure Park in Hailsham, East Sussex, the place where many of the photos below were taken. I had a deal with them, I’d take great photos for them to use free of charge, in exchange I got to have better access to them than the normal visitors. My favourites were the Meerkats, I remember going in and playing with . . . I mean photographing some 7 week old Meerkat Pups (babies), they were amazing and so ridiculously cute!!! Meerkats do bite, but nothing bad, no worse than my pet Rats do. I got to handle most animals that they had there, including Yogi, who was a 12 foot long Burmese Python. Yogi was a constrictor, if she had wanted to she could have put the same amount of pressure onto my body as parking a small car on it. I felt no fear when handling her, I knew that Snakes only attack for one of two reasons. First that they are hungry and then they will only attack things small enough for them to eat, I was much too big for that. The other reason is to defend themselves or their family, I made sure I never gave her any reason to be scared of me, I kept her very happy and relaxed, so I had no fear when holding her. I do know that Yogi is no longer there.

One day I'd like to return to Knockhatch and taking photos for them again, but my health has been far from ideal the last few years, I do miss being around all those animals.
We have had pet rats a lot. At the time of editing this we have six of them, rats make great pets

We have had pet rats a lot. At the time of editing this we have six of them, rats make great pets

A photo of Dean Thorpe chilling out with a friendly Meerkat at Knockhatch Adventure Park, Hailsham in East Sussex.

A photo of Dean Thorpe chilling out with a friendly Meerkat at Knockhatch Adventure Park, Hailsham in East Sussex

Dean Thorpe has rather interesting taste in pets, this is him with one of the stick insects he used to have

Dean Thorpe has rather interesting taste in pets, this is him with one of the stick insects he used to have, at one point he had about a dozen of these

Photo taken at Knockhatch Adventure Park of Dean Thorpe holding a very beautiful owl. D

Photo taken at Knockhatch Adventure Park of Dean Thorpe holding a very beautiful owl. Dean has experience of handling many types of birds, from Kestrels to Eagles

Dean Thorpe loves almost any animals and fears virtually none, he knows most will not attack if not threatened.

Dean Thorpe loves almost any animals and fears virtually none, he knows most will not attack if not threatened. This is him with Yogi the 12 foot long Burmese Python that used to be at Knockhatch Adventure Park

This is another photo of Dean Thorpe with Yogi the 12 foot long Burmese Python that used to be at Knockhatch Adventure Park.

This is another photo of Dean Thorpe with Yogi the 12 foot long Burmese Python that used to be at Knockhatch Adventure Park. Yogi was very friendly, but could have easily killed if they wanted to!

Simon the Bearded Dragon sitting on the shoulder of Dean Thorpe. Dean only had Simon for about a year as he was pretty old when he bought him from a friend and already had a calcium deficiency, due to a previous owner, not the friend.

Simon the Bearded Dragon sitting on the shoulder of Dean Thorpe. Dean only had Simon for about a year as he was pretty old when he bought him from a friend and already had a calcium deficiency, due to a previous owner, not the friend

A scary moment (for the poor bug!) a New Guinea Spiny Stick Insect: Eurycantha Calcarata meets Dean Thorpe: Homo Sapien (ish!).

A scary moment (for the poor bug!) a New Guinea Spiny Stick Insect: Eurycantha Calcarata meets Dean Thorpe: Homo Sapien (ish!). These are just one of the weird and wonderful pets that Dean has had

Just another friendly bug, Dean Thorpe used to have a lot of False Deaths Head Cockroaches as pets.

Just another friendly bug, Dean Thorpe used to have a lot of False Deaths Head Cockroaches as pets

Dean Thorpe has not been up to doing much paid work over the years, so has been helping out at places like Drusillas Park

No animals, just Dean Thorpe! This was in his days when he was a volunteer at Drusillas Park Zoo in with the Ring Tailed Lemurs