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Posted by Wes von Papinešu on January 10, 2001 at 09:44:08:
THE INDEPENDENT (Johannesburg, S Africa) 09 January 01 Man quits snake-record attempt after 121 days
(SAPA): Stretch Combrink's 121-day attempt to break the world record for time in an enclosure with poisonous snakes ended on Tuesday.
That was when he learnt that the number of snakes with which he was holed up fell short of that required by the Guinness Book Of Records for a legitimate challenge, the SABC reported on Tuesday.
But the national council of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will not withdraw criminal charges laid this week against the director of Nelspruit's Croc River Reptile Park where Combrink was staging his challenge.
Neil Fraser, the SPCA 's senior inspector, said Farnando Nataviade had been charged with contravening the Animal Protection Act after he refused to remove the snakes from the 40sq m enclosure.
Fraser said the breach of law related to the fact that seven different poisonous snake species, some of which were cannabilistic, were shut up in the restricted space.
The maximum fine for the offence is R200 000.
Combrink was not available for comment.
Fraser said a number of snakes had died in the cage. Four snakes died within a few days. In one instance, a Mozambiquan spitting cobra ate a puff adder.