Snake king's son plans to top dad's feats in series of daring stunts

Snake king's son plans to top dad's feats in series of daring stunts

MALACCA - The eldest son of former Malaysian snake king Ali Khan Samsudin plans to break his father's 1997 Guinness Book of World Records.

Amjad Khan Ali is confident of smashing his late father's record of living in a glass enclosure with more than 5,000 scorpions for 21 days and another record of living with 400 snakes for 40 days.

"The details of what I plan to do are still a secret but the number of snakes involved will definitely be more than 400 and the number of days I am going to live with them, more than 40," he said yesterday.

His father died in 2006 after being bitten by a king cobra while performing a stunt in Kuala Lumpur.

Amjad Khan said he would also try to better his father's scorpion record by attempting to live in an enclosure with 5,500 scorpions for a day longer than his father did 26 years ago.

The 27-year-old snake handler started being involved in the family trade of performing with reptiles at the young age of one. He now considers all the snakes he performs with as part of his family.

"There is some sort of communication between me and the snakes.

"God willing, I will emerge without a single bite at the end of my feat," he said, adding that snake handling had been part of his family for four generations and that most of his relatives had grown to love their "slithery friends".

Amjad Khan, who hails from Taiping, Perak, said he would first need to look for the right place to set the new record.

"I am planning to approach shopping complexes or hotels keen to be part of the event, either in Kuala Lumpur, Seremban or here," he said.

Since the death of his father, Amjad Khan has been actively involved in handling snakes for shows, movies and stage shows.

His service has also been engaged by residents in housing estates and plantation owners to control snake populations or to chase away the poisonous reptiles.

The father of three has also caught many venomous black cobras in several plantations and released them into their natural habitat.

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