Plucky researcher crash-tackles fleeing snake

A fearless researcher crash-tackled a fleeing snake in a dangerous act caught on camera shocking colleagues in Peru.

Renata Leite Pitman was working near the Los Amigos Biological Station when she pounced on the two-metre Yellowtail Cribo snake.

In the video, the serpent tries to escape the woman as it slithers off into a nearby bushland.

Pitman charges face first and leaps on the back of the reptile.

Colleagues are heard screaming telling her she is "crazy" as the woman drags the on-venomous snake out of the bush.

Pitman has the snake intwined in her arms and manages to coil it together before grinning mischievously at the camera.