An Australian snake-lover is out to set a new record for living with his favourite pets.
MV: Snakeman Nick le Souf in sleeping bag handling three snakes.
CU PULL BACK TO MV Snakes in pit. (3 shots)
CU: Nick le Souf interviewed by Australian Broadcasting Commission's reporter Sue Fogarty in English with overlay of snakes in pit.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: LE SOUF: "I've often got that in the past, so that'll be nothing new".
FOGARTY: "You're married with three children -- do you think it's a responsible thing to do?
LE SOUF: "I do actually, because its a much...what I'm doing now is much safer actually than driving backwards and forwards from Melbourne to Rosebud every day, so from my point of view it'll be much safer. My kids actually like snakes -- they've got their own pet lizards, and things like that. And I suggested that they spend a week-end down here with me, which they were quite happy about, but my wife wasn't terribly keen on the idea."
FOGARTY: "How does she feel about staying down here?"
LE SOUF: "Dubious is probably a good word to describe it."
REPORTER: SUE FOGARTY
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Background: An Australian snake-lover is out to set a new record for living with his favourite pets. Mr. Nick le Souf -- who owns the Rosebud Reptile Park in Victoria -- has bedded down in a pit with twenty of Australia's most venomous snakes -- among them tigers, death adders and taipans. He hopes to stay in the snake pit for fifty or sixty days, to break a record set recently by a South African.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Le Souf has been handling snakes since he was toddler and he says he isn't at all frightened of being bitten. At night, he sleeps soundly while most of the snakes entwine themselves around a nearby heater lamp.
He shrugs off accusations made by neighbours that his record attempt is 'plain madness'.
And, if he fails to break the record, it'll be because of boredom -- not the snakes.