Friday 24 June 2011

Snake-farming opportunities and threats..

Courageous KAMs with a farming/gardening bent and seeking a little excitement may like to consider rearing snakes for food and traditional medicine. Cobras, vipers and pythons are everywhere in Zisiqiao, aptly known as the snake village in China’s eastern Zhejiang province, where the reptiles are deliberately raised to bring in millions of dollars to a village that otherwise would rely solely on farming.

The original breeding method was simply putting males and females together, but now meticulous research is done on how the snakes breed, how to select good females, investigation into their diet, and how to incubate eggs so survival rates rise.On the downside, the snake farmers said they had been bitten, some by deadly snakes, and were saved only by injection of anti-venom medicine.

Today, however, more than three million snakes are bred in the village every year by the 160 surviving farming families

Meanwhile, why not prepare by having a venom-free weekend, from the Namnews Team!

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