By Danny Baggott @dan_baggie

A BRAVE 10-year-old boy is aiming to become the next Steve Irwin – taking care of more than 12 REPTILES in his bedroom

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Videographer / director: Gerrit Messersmith

Producer: Danny Baggott, Kim Nguyen   

Editor: James Thorne

 

Carson is ‘obsessed’ with animals and is now sharing his passion with others around the world by holding educational classes and vlogging online.

Adopting the nickname ‘Crocodile Carson’, the young daredevil shares his family home with lizards, frogs, turtles and a variety of snakes – including a 5’ 6” albino corn snake that’s much bigger than him. 

Despite being bitten numerous times, including a bite to the face, Carson loves his animals and has high hopes of replicating the work of his idol, Steve Irwin, in the future.

Carson, who resides in Mississippi, told Barcroft TV: “I really love to play with big snakes and reptiles.

“My favourite animal to play with is definitely snakes. They’re really silky and smooth – I just like holding onto them.

“All of my reptiles are a lot to handle, but I do it each day because I love it!”

Carson interacted with his first snake when he was just four years old.

His mother, Amber, said: “Carson started working with animals when he was really young - he developed an interest when he was around 18 months, to two years old.

“He soon started collecting little animal toys, and then that just really grew and grew until now, they’re no longer toys, they’re real things.”

Carson added: “My first snake was a Sinaloan milk snake I got for Christmas.

“Now, my collection has got so big, I have an albino corn snake that's 5ft 6”!”

Over the years, Carson has had his fair share of bites and scratches from his beloved pets.

“I've been bitten and scratched by a bunch of different animals,” Carson said.

“Snakes, lizards, turtles. I've been peed on by frogs, and I’ve actually been bit on the pinkie by a gerbil.

“I would say my most dangerous pet is definitely the alligator snapping turtle, because they get so big and they have such a powerful bite force.

“When they get bigger, they can take your hand off.”

Amber continued: “He got bit in the face by a gecko one time.

“But when he gets bit by the snakes, I don't think they’re fully biting. It's usually just a couple of little small punctures.

“Do I have any concerns interacting with Carson’s snakes? Yes, I don't touch them.

“If they get out or he's doing an animal show and it's not cooperating then he's got to handle it. I can't handle it.”

Carson has now built up a following online with more than 1,000 people watching his content on Facebook - and he admits that he’s also quite the hit amongst his friends.

He said: “My friends like interacting with my animals a lot.

“They help out with the feeding, typically. Feeding the lizards, the turtles, the frogs and sometimes they’ll help with the snakes.

“It’s really cool to show them my pets.”

Amber and Carson’s father, Andy, couldn’t be more proud of their son and hope he carries on in his quest to help educate the animal world.

Amber said: “Carson is a very strong-willed child. He’s very bright and he’s a kid that can do a lot of different things.

“I’m very proud of what he’s achieving.

“Steve Irwin has had a huge impact on Carson and I think that’s why he likes to do animals shows and loves to drop, you know, ‘Crikey!’ and some other quotes he’s heard.”

And Carson is now looking to the future, himself.

“I want to either make a zoo or have one somewhere”, he said.

“Or I want to be like Steve [Irwin]. I want to go around the world and do documentaries about different types of reptiles and mammals.”