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.
GV: crowds outside snake cage at Hartebeespoort snake park near Pretoria.
SV AND PAN TO: Peter Snyman sitting on bed surrounded by snakes.
CU AND ZOOM OUT TO SV: snakes crawling on pests and around Snyman
CU: snakes slithering across bed (2 shots)
SV: People peering into cage
CU: blackboard saying 'Started 7th April 11 a.m. 50th day'
SV AND CU: Peter wearing T-shirt (2 shots)
SV: Peter emerges from his fifty-day test and answers phone call
SV: photographers and reporters talking to Peter. Crowds watching. (3 shots)
SCU: Peter being interviewed. (3 shots)
SV: warder congratulating Peter and pours him some champagne.
SNYMAN:"I feel fantastically good. And all I can say to you people is Thank God it's over is done with. And I've done what I wanted to do."
REPORTER:"What will you do to celebrate tonight?"
SNYMAN:"I think, get away from photographers as soon....
REPORTER:"What was your worst moment in those fifty days?"
SNYMAN:"I had a hundred thousand bad moments. To pick out the worst is difficult . But we had a power failure and I think that is possibly one of the worst times that I've been through."
REPORTER:"What happened then?"
SNYMAN:"We had a flash storm, then, and the power went off. And I was stranded in the cage, pitch dark, with all the snakes falling all over me."
REPORTER:"Will you try and break it again?"
SNYMAN:"No. Absolutely no way. I will never get back in the snake cage. I'm through, finished."
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Background: 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.