By Giacomo Brunelli @GJBrunelli
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Videographer / director: Istvan Lettang
Producer: Giacomo Brunelli, Ruby Coote
Editor: Garry Sykes
Meet the Barczyks, owners of The Reptarium facility in Michigan. YouTuber, and proud dad, Brian Barczyk, has been obsessed with reptiles since a young age and has been professionally handling them for over 30 years. Now working alongside his wife and son, Brian's animal collection includes a two-headed snake, a 20-foot anaconda, pythons, bearded dragons, chameleons, iguanas, tortoises and frogs. And Brian admitted to Beastly: "I've been bitten probably 100 thousand times by snakes". Brian runs a successful YouTube channel with over 2.5 million subscribers, in which he shares the family's daily life with their precious reptiles. The Reptarium is a properly run family business, as Brian works daily with his wife and son, splitting the tasks between them. Wife Lori was actually afraid of reptiles before meeting Brian but is now an integral part of The Reptarium. Brian's son Noah is learning the ropes of the business and Truly filmed one of his first attempts at handling alligators. The Barczyks are looking forward to a successful future as they recently moved their biggest reptiles into brand new $15,000 enclosures.