Um, guys, you may call it a set up, but I call it editing. Just like hunting and fishing shows, you are not going to get animals to cooperate for the TV. There may be 3 days of filming, searching for animals, finding the perfect shot, etc. before it goes to the studio and gets edited for TV.
I am not sure if he is a fake or not, but I do agree that he is nuts. Then again, so is anyone that handles hots on a regular basis...(For you, BWSmith)! IMO, though, thats one of the things that makes that show interesting to watch. Kudos to him, or anyone, that can handle reptiles like that!!
As seen on a bumper sticker--"My snake ATE your honor roll student"