Jacky Bibby has sustained numerous injuries as a result of being bitten by rattlesnakes. He has a deformed thumb on his left hand where he was struck at least three times. His right hand also has scars from bites.
"I got started doing this when I was young, of course, I was 18 years old when I first got involved," said Bibby.
How many times has he been struck? Well, this weekend as he was preparing to go to the Brownwood Rattlesnake Round Up made 12 times. He was bitten on his stomach and he says, luckily, it was only one fang.
"I wasn't trying to do anything fancy, just move them to another box. One of them stretched out far enough that he got me in the stomach. I didn't think he could reach that far but he did," Bibby told us.
He has been bitten so many times that this time he finished what he was doing.
"Well, I had to go to the bank and get some money, I had to pay those people I was buying the snakes from, then I had to put some snakes in another bucket. Then I was pretty sure I was bit bad enough that it would require hospitalization, so I told my dad he better get in here with me so we can go to Brownwood and go to the doctor," said Bibby.
That's when he drove himself in his hearse that he says makes a great transport for his snakes and is also a great metaphor for what does.
"It's my 12th one and I have probably seen 100-150 other ones. I know what it's going to do. I know what's going to happen. I know what I am in store for. It ain't nothing nice, it's very unpleasant," Bibby said.
This last bite came after his most brutal brush with a snake last September. A bite that resulted in the loss of his leg.
"I was bitten by a snake in Dallas, a very severe bite. A huge rattlesnake, a 6 ft. long snake bit me above the boot and got me in the calf and it venomated me so seriously that it killed my leg," said Bibby.
So, why does he continue to do what he does?
"I have been to Europe 14 times. I have been all over the United States. I've been in the Guinness Book of Records 9 times!" Bibby told us.
And, a week from now he will be handling snakes again. This time in Big Springs for their Rattlesnake Round Up.