By 5 p.m. Thursday, my old friend Nate Hahn and a small crew had unloaded an arsenal of supplies into the back lot of Blendon Woods Metro Park: chest waders, digital cameras, shotgun mics, Army surplus bags and high-tint aviator sunglasses.

By 5 p.m. Thursday, my old friend Nate Hahn and a small crew had unloaded an arsenal of supplies into the back lot of Blendon Woods Metro Park: chest waders, digital cameras, shotgun mics, Army surplus bags and high-tint aviator sunglasses.

I'd known Nate since high school, but until last week I didn't know that he spent a good deal of time slinking through marsh water with a knife strapped to his leg. This was my introduction to "The Reptile Show," an animal-adventure TV concept he hopes to sell to Discovery Channel.

Being in the thick of their expedition meant suiting up and getting dirty, bug bites and hour-long slogs through muck up to the thighs.

"People like nature, adventure and catching animals," Hahn said before wading into Blendon's remote, relatively untouched marsh. "We're trying to take these three and wrap it into a show. All the stunts are real - climbing trees, jumping off cliffs, walking into swamps."

Hahn wrangled animals until high school, running through the oak forests and spring wetlands of northeastern Ohio to get his hands under rocks and into hollow logs. He lost interest when he started meeting girls, then started again after catching a few snappers on a trip.

His girlfriend thought catching stuff was cool, so he wrote a quick pilot. The show follows fictional explorers Coyote Peterson (Hahn) and Jasper Applewood (friend Matt Barnes), who trudge through area Metro Parks and other Ohio locations to educate viewers about the state's diverse animal kingdom.

At Blendon, Hahn goes after the common snapping turtle - pound-for-pound the most powerful reptile in America, with a bite that packs more PSI than a great white shark. Hahn hopes to catch (then release, of course) a world record, which is likely one mean bugger.

In the process, he hopes that his show will eventually end up on cable and allow him to travel the country in search of other things that slide, glide and slither.

"This summer, we're doing a test pilot that focuses on reptiles and amphibians that live in Ohio," Hahn said. "We're going to use that to hopefully get a larger investment for financing an entire season. The first season would span the course of the United States."

Looking to plan an outdoor expedition of your own? Plenty of ideas await at the Ohio Adventure Map, at ColumbusAlive.com/venture.