There's a new type of farm at Renmark in South Australia. Here, catching and exhibiting?
CU Sign 'Snake and Lizard Farm'
SV Mr & Mrs Bredl and child walk out - he gets in pit
CV Into pit - looks round with stick in hand
CV Snake wriggles - grabs it
CU Puts snake in bag Mrs Bredl holding
CU Mrs Bredl does up bag
MV Another snake held - dipped in water to remove dirt.
CV Snake out, stick tries to clamp head
MV Bredl out of pit, tame copperhead snake in hands
CU Copperhead snake's head in hand
CU Bredl watching
CU Pushing tail down, opening mouth with it
CU Snake's head, patting on nose, tongue out
MV Small boy with snake round neck
CU Child with snake around him
MV Child nurses two snakes
CU Nursing two snakes
CU Child pulls snake's tail
CV Snake tries to crawl away, PAN to child holding
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Background: There's a new type of farm at Renmark in South Australia. Here, catching and exhibiting snakes and reptiles is the hobby of the farmer - Joe Bredl. He was born in Hungary, but his hobby has helped to establish his migrant family in its new environment.
The 80 snakes collected by Mr. Bredl are of eighteen different species. And there are also reptiles, birds and kangaroos on the farm. The only member of the family not enthusiastic about the hobby is Mrs. Bredl. But even she gives a had when necessary. Tiger snakes and dangerous black snakes are among the collection. Many of them will go to the Australian Serum Laboratories.
Mr. Bredl works as a painter during the week, but found life dull till he learnt to like the bush and its animals. He got the idea of starting a snake and lizard farm three years ago.
The four Bredl children share their father's hobby. Peter, who is two-and-a-half, handles diamond and python snakes with care, but without fear.
Every year the collection of snakes and reptiles is exhibited at the Renmark Show. A taipan, Australia's deadliest snake, caught during a Queensland snake-hunting trip, is a highlight of the display.