Mike Perry became interested in snakes in 1963 and two years later at the age of 10 he started catching snakes. Out of curiosity, he accomplished his first milking of a Rinkhals (Hemachatus haemachatus). In 1967 and during 1970 he milked and supplied 15 grams Rinkhals (Hemachatus haemachatus) venom for a local snake park that received an order from Germany.
Although Mike’s main interest is venomous snakes with a particular interest in Mambas, he also has an interest in other snakes, lizards, crocodiles, tortoises and frogs. Mike has also investigated and has extensive experience in crocodile farming.
Mike is involved in local herpetological associations to promote and maintain contact and goodwill between conservation authorities and amateur herpetologists. The need for this arose when during 1983 the first legislation was introduced in the (then) Transvaal province of South Africa, to protect reptiles.
The company African Reptiles and Venom was incorporated in 1999 to supply venom to the South African Vaccine Producers (SAVP) for serum production. In the same year Mike Perry started presenting snake courses to the general public.