Sussex

Crawley man claims poisonous snake world record

  • 30 August 2010
  • From the section Sussex
David Jones
Image caption Mr Jones said he wanted a challenge that was "out of the ordinary".

A Sussex carpenter is claiming a world record after spending 114 days in a room with some of the world's most venomous snakes.

David Jones, 44, of Crawley, flew to Johannesburg to complete the challenge.

He has been living in a room at a wildlife park with 40 snakes, including puff adders, snouted cobras, boomslangs and black mambas.

Mr Jones completed the challenge on Tuesday but decided to remain in the room for a further week.

The current record is held by South African Martin Smit.

Mr Smit, also known as Mad Martin, spent 113 days in a room with snakes without being bitten.

Mr Jones, whose wife is scared of snakes, said the last person to attempt the record was bitten by a puff adder and narrowly avoided having to have part of his leg amputated.

Mr Jones is using the challenge to raise money for St Catherine's Hospice in Crawley.

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