Got a rattlesnake? Call Jackie Bibby. He needs 85 of the slithering devils.
The Texas Snake Man will attempt to break his own world record for Guinness in front of Dublin Dr Pepper at 9 a.m. Monday.
A film crew from “20-20” will be on hand to record the event as well as Derek Musso, Guinness World Record representative.
Musso said Guinness World Record Day is Nov. 8 and film crews will be going out all over the world to record the events as they take place.
Bibby will attempt to sit in a bathtub with 85 rattlers breaking his old record of 84.
The next day he will fly to New York and attempt to dangle 11 snakes from his mouth to break last year’s record of 10.
Musso said it has been an ordeal to get permits to bring 20 rattlesnakes from Texas and the location for the New York shoot is still undetermined. He said security rules prevent snakes from entering most places.
Musso said this will be his first time to visit Texas and he’s looking forward to the trip. He said he met Bibby last year in New York.
“He’s very entertaining,” Musso said.
Bibby holds three other incredible records. He has joined 20 rattlers in a sleeping bag head first and then 112 feet first. He has also sacked 10 rattlesnakes in a record-breaking 17.11 seconds.
Bibby has been handling snakes for 39 years and has received bites eight times, serious enough to require hospitalization.
Bibby said the actual puncture of the snake’s fangs doesn’t hurt much at all and it feels similar to a mosquito bite or a bee sting. He said the venom really starts to hurt as it begins to explode blood vessels.
“It’s the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced,” Bibby said.
Bibby is originally from Rising Star and now resides in Dublin.
He has appeared in a number of movies and is featured in Guinness World Records 2008.
The public is invited to attend this record-breaking event and enjoy a free Dublin Dr Pepper.
ANGELIA JOINER is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 254-965-3124, ext. 238.