The scientists claim that he became immune to snake venom after he repeatedly made them bite him.
Divorced Tim Friede, 37, has self-inflicted more than 160 bites in 16 years of research and is hoping his experiments will help to develop a human vaccine for snake bites.
To prove his self-immunisation theory works he recently took back-to-back bites from two of the world’s deadliest snakes – a taipan and a black mamba whose bite can kill in minutes.
Tim said: “I’m probably the only person in the world who can take a bite back-to-back from these snakes and live.
Unsurprisingly, his obsession with saving the tens of thousands of lives lost every year to snakebites has nearly killed him on a number of occasions and also cost him his marriage.
He said: “I made a big mistake back in 2011. I took two cobra bites. The first one was fine but on the second one I flatlined. I was in a coma and very nearly died – it was rough.”
His wife divorced him in October after 20 years together when she finally had enough of Tim’s snake obsession.
Despite the controversial nature of his experiments Tim does have some backing from the scientific community.
Dr Brian Hanley, a PhD Microbiologist from the University of California, is the founder and chief scientist at Butterfly Sciences – a company which specialises in gene therapy and hyper immunity.
Hanley hopes that Butterfly Sciences will help Tim develop his vaccine and find investors who can get it into the field, he said: “I tend to like people who get out and do something really hard against the odds.
Tim hopes that the pain he has suffered over the course of sixteen years will help to stop some of the deaths caused by snakebites each year, which are estimated to be as high as 94,000 in some years.