By Tom Gillespie @TomGillespie1

A FEARLESS snake catcher rescues some of the world’s most dangerous snakes using his bare hands

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Videographer / Director: Snake Catcher Victoria
Producer: Tom Gillespie, Nick Johnson
Editor: Joshua Douglas

Tied up in knots: Barry holds up a large snake

Animal lover Barry Goldsmith has been handling the animals for 40 years without ever being seriously injured.

The 52-year-old Australian and his wife Karen run a rescue service called Snake Catcher Victoria, based in the Mornington Peninsula in southern Australia.

Brave Barry holds a cobra by the tail in Bali
Hanging around: The snake catcher holds up a huge reptile

The area is home to some of the world's most venomous snakes, including tiger snakes, copperheads, eastern brown snakes and red-bellied black snakes.

When people spot the animals near their homes or in public places, Barry is called out to collect the reptiles and release them back into the wild.

The animal lover shows off a bright green snake

He said: "In the summer I rescue and relocate about 40 snakes a month.

"I do get paid usually, which covers the license cost of $350 per year, petrol and assorted sundries, but if the punter has no money, or the snake needs to be rescued from a public place, I'll often not get paid.

"If you want to save the animal, you can't expect money all the time.

"There is no such thing as a rich snake catcher unless you are unscrupulous and a mercenary and there are plenty of operators who are just that.

Face-to-face: Barry gets a close look at one of the snakes
The snake catcher takes a picture of one of the brightly coloured reptiles

"I've always been hands-on with the snakes and sometimes I get people on the internet and Facebook telling me that I'm a bad person for free handling and I shouldn't be doing it.

Barry holds up one of the snakes

"But I am one of the only people I know who has never been hospitalised from a venomous snake in 40 years of working and keeping them."

Barry and his wife love snakes so much that even when they are abroad they are not far from the action.

Putu Edie kissed the cobra on the head

In Indonesia they spent time with Bali Reptile Rescue and master snake catcher Putu Edie.

When the volunteers were called out to rescue a cobra seen in a rubbish tip, Putu was able to capture the world’s largest venomous snake with his bare hands.

The daring expert was also filmed kissing a cobra on the head before releasing it into the wild.

Eye-to-eye contact: Putu is completely comfortable around a cobra

Barry is a government licensed wildlife controller back in Australia and has had a love of snakes from a young age.

He said: "I caught my first snake, a copperhead, when I was nine-years-old. I brought it home and kept it in a tank near my bed.

"I was a weird kid.

Getting it in the neck: Bali Reptile Rescue's Putu Edie handles a king cobra

"I've always loved all animals and snakes are very misunderstood and are often killed just for being a snake.

"I suppose I've always stuck up for the underdog and because snakes have such a bad reputation I spend a lot of time trying to alter peoples perceptions.

The snake catcher holds one of the animals
Family business: Barry's wife Karen holds a snake

"I love to see people go from terrified haters to understanding the animal and seeing the beauty."

After rescuing a snake Barry checks it for injuries and parasite infestation, and provides treatment before releasing it into the wild.