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Jacksonville's Wildlife Solutions gets some time on National Geographic Channel

9:49 AM, Jun 1, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Clent Wilkinson is a field technician for Wildlife Solutions. 

Basically, he spends his days traveling the First Coast in his zebra print pickup truck, answering calls to remove nuisance animals.

"Anything scaly or furry, we take care of," he said.

He actually had just captured a raccoon, rescued from a woman's attic, and was heading to release it when he stopped by to talk with us.

But raccoons aren't what got him featured in Nat Geo Wild's Animal Superpowers: Extreme Hunters

His specialty and his personal passion her says is capturing snakes, especially the venomous variety. 

"You know, when I was a very young man I met a man walking down the street with an iguana and it was just an instant fascination," he said.

While growing up in the Mandarin area, he would bring various reptiles and amphibians around the house. His mom put her foot down on all that.

"So the moment I got my own place, I got snakes," he said laughing. "It's like the man with the most snakes at the end wins."

He says the most common type of snakes he captures are water moccasins and some variety of rattlesnakes. 

"I take them all down to a man in DeLand who feeds them and shelters them for the rest of their life," Wilkinson said. 

They're all used to harvest venom in order to make anti-venom.

So his skills were valuable to National Geographic. 

They brought him on and filmed him capturing and extracting a cottonmouth from a garage. 

The show then shows how powerful the animals sense of temperature is through various filmed experiments.

"As far as I know, there's going to be some footage of me removing the snake," he said. "I'm not sure how much, if it'll be a quick blurb or get edited."

Either way, he says it's a pretty cool experience.

"I've been getting National Geographic Magazine ever since I was a little kid so that's the biggest feather in the cap I can think of."

The show Nat Geo Wild's Animal Superpowers: Extreme Hunters airs on Sunday, June 3 at 9:00 p.m.

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