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Martin Aaron Martin Aaron | 10:15 UK time, Monday, 20 September 2010

Wednesday, 22 September at 7.30pm on BBC One Wales

Rhys Jones isn't your average chap. His normal day consists of dealing with schoolboys bringing home pet tarantulas and boa constrictors escaping from bedrooms.

Rhys is a wildlife expert and one of a handful of people in the UK, qualified to deal with endangered species and reptiles.

As a result he's often called upon to help out the police or Countryside Council for Wales when specialist skills are required.

Rhys to the Rescue is a fascinating insight into Rhys' weird world, as he tackles the kinds of critters most of us would be too scared to handle.

Herpetologist, Dr Rhys Jones:

Reptile expert, Rhys Jones

 

In episode one, Welsh troops (about to undertake a tour of duty) learn how to tackle snake and scorpion bites & stings - which affect around 600 military personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq every year.

They may be battle-hardened veterans, but these soldiers would rather face the enemy than get up close and personal with Rhys' snakes!

In another call out - Rhys is asked to track down and remove a colony of adders in need of rehousing after a new housing development is put on hold.

Rhys and leading reptile vet - Mark Evans microchip them in a unique experiment to see what happens when snakes are relocated.

You can watch the first episode on Wednesday, 22 September on BBC One Wales.

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