Liam shares bedroom with 300 exotic pets

DESBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM, APRIL 24, 2013:''Liam Andrews with his pets at home in Desborough, Northamptonshire.  See NTI story NTIWILD.  A teenage boy has told how his obsession with animals has spiralled so much out of control he now shares a house -  with over 300 PETS.  Animal-mad Liam Andrews, 16, sleeps next to a hair-raising collection of creepie-crawlies in his bedroom  - including 12 tarantulas, eight snakes and five scorpions.   He also owns an exotic array of lizards, frogs and birds which all cram into his family's modest three-bedroomed semi-detached home.  As well as sharing a bedroom with over 60 cold-blooded reptiles, Liam even watches TV with his snakes and takes them down the shops.  He spends two hours a day feeding his beloved pets and reckons he has been bitten or stung by them at least 200 times.
DESBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM, APRIL 24, 2013:''Liam Andrews with his pets at home in Desborough, Northamptonshire. See NTI story NTIWILD. A teenage boy has told how his obsession with animals has spiralled so much out of control he now shares a house - with over 300 PETS. Animal-mad Liam Andrews, 16, sleeps next to a hair-raising collection of creepie-crawlies in his bedroom - including 12 tarantulas, eight snakes and five scorpions. He also owns an exotic array of lizards, frogs and birds which all cram into his family's modest three-bedroomed semi-detached home. As well as sharing a bedroom with over 60 cold-blooded reptiles, Liam even watches TV with his snakes and takes them down the shops. He spends two hours a day feeding his beloved pets and reckons he has been bitten or stung by them at least 200 times.

Most teenage boys’ bedrooms are no-go areas – but Liam Andrews’ is a bit different to your average 16-year-old’s.

He shares his bedroom with more than 300 exotic pets.

He sleeps next to a large collection of creepy-crawlies, including 12 tarantulas, eight snakes and five deadly scorpions.

He also owns an array of lizards, frogs and birds which all cram into his family’s three-bedroom semi-detached home in Desborough.

Liam loves his pets so much he watches TV with his snakes – including a 6ft-long python – wrapped round his neck, and even takes them down the shops.

He spends two hours a day feeding his pets and reckons he has been bitten or stung by them at least 200 times.

The college student is allowed to keep the haul of creatures by his long-suffering parents despite his dad having a phobia of snakes and his mum having a fear of spiders.

Liam said: “I much prefer animals to humans – if someone is worried about the health and safety of a person holding a snake, I am much more worried about the snake’s welfare.

“I have about 60 reptiles and other exotics that sleep in my bedroom with me – luckily so far none of them have escaped.

“I don’t think many girls would like the spiders in my bedroom so I don’t bring many girls home.”

Liam’s obsession with animals began when he saved up enough pocket money to buy a hamster when he was six.

Since then he and his parents have splashed out £8,500 on his staggering array of pets which he buys online, from rescue centres and exotic pet shops.

He has a total of 306 animals ranging from the smallest baby golden knee tarantula measuring just 3mm to the largest exotic corn snake at 6ft 3in.

Liam, who is studying animal management and welfare at Moulton College, added: “I always watch TV with a snake around my neck, but I have given our local shopkeeper a real fright by turning up with my python.

“The next time I went into the shop, there were two signs on the shop door, one saying ‘no dogs’ and one saying ‘no reptiles.’”

Mum Jayne, 45, said: “Liam is totally obsessed with all his animals. I hate spiders and would never hold one, yet he wakes me up to bring me the shed skin of a tarantula at midnight. Last week, I found a cricket hopping about in the shower cubicle when I went to take a shower – I’m dreading what I might find next.”

Full list of Liam’s pets

12 Tarantulas

2 King snakes

2 Corn snakes

2 Hognose snakes

1 Milk snake

1 Royal python

8 Green anoles (small lizards)

5 Scorpions

30 Giant African land snails

2 Leopard Geckos

2 Pictus Geckos

Stick insects

Leaf insects

Tropical frogs

1 Tomato frog

1 Whites tree frog

Zebra finches

Bengales finches

Canaries

Golden orfes

100 tropical fish

Three pet dogs