• Short Summary

    South African Peter Snyman who pitted his life against tow dozen of the world's most poisonous snakes has beaten the world record by fourteen days.

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    South African Peter Snyman who pitted his life against tow dozen of the world's most poisonous snakes has beaten the world record by fourteen days. Peter lived with the reptiles in a cage in Hatebeespoor Snake Park near Pretoria for a total of fifty days.

    SYNOPSIS: It was a test of nerves for the twenty-five-year old amateur snake collector. The previous record holder was a fellow South African, Trevor Kruger, who lasted thirty-six days, four years ago.

    The record's strict regulations required that at least twenty-four snakes, including six mambas, were present at all times. Mr Snyman spent most of his time lying on the bed in the cage. He admitted he was becoming very nervous and excitable towards the end and just tried to concentrate on his books.

    He seemed more worried by the crowds of sightseers who flocked to look at him. His closest escape was when a mamba bit into a pillow by his head after being disturbed by visitors outside. Another time a mamba and a boomslang fought over a frog, killing each other. Within days of his beginning the record, two amorous puff adders began a love-in, which experts said made them extremely prone to strike. But now all that tension is over.

    The press were eager to know the secret of Mr Snyman's survival-especially as one reporter's microphone had even been attacked by a mamba during an earlier interview.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACBJSTN9RXZ07AGUK18FMDZAPI
    Media URN:
    VLVACBJSTN9RXZ07AGUK18FMDZAPI
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/05/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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