1. What is it about reptiles that got you fascinated about them? My love affair with reptiles began before my 'age of reason', in fact I was catching and keeping snakes at the tender age of 5 years at Hoosick, NY I found my first snake, a Dekay's snake and I was hooked. I Kept a terrarium full of local snakes and when I was seven I moved to India, the land of snakes. Over the years my interest broadened to all herps.
2. Were your parents or friends influential in your decision to go into herpetology as a profession? My mother in particular was very supportive of my 'unusual' interest and bought me books by Pope, Ditmars etc.
3. Where is your favorite herping spot in the world?
I guess my best place in Agumbe, Karnataka State, near the west coast of India, where we have one of our research stations.
4. What herp in the wild still gives you chills and sends your excitement levels through the roof? What herp is at the top of your list to find in the wild? I guess the king cobra tops the list but I get great...