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Snake for a family pet

Sheenal Sharma
Saturday, December 15, 2012

WHILE most people keep dogs and cats as their pets, there are some who keep snakes as their pets.

Chandar Singh, who lives in Davuilevu Housing in Nausori, has kept a snake in his home for more than two years now.

Known as Pacific boa, the snake is non-venomous and its size varies from 60 centimetres to 1.8 metres in length.

Mr Singh said the snake was found by a farmer in Kasavu Village in Baulevu.

"It was brought to the Veterinary Pathology Laboratory in Koronivia in 2009," he said.

He said from there he took the snake to his home.

"When I saw it there, I felt pity for the snake because there was nothing for it to eat and drink," he said.

"So I took it home and since then it has become my pet."

Mr Singh said when he first got the snake, it was one feet long and now it was one metre long.

"It eats lizards and drinks water and milk," he said.

Mr Singh says it eats once in a week and the last time it ate, it had 23 lizards.

He says he takes his pet to agricultural shows and most of the places he visits.

Mr Singh said his future plan was to build a cage for the snake and have a tree inside it.

Shalveen Singh, son of Chandar Singh said at first he was really scared but when he touched it, he started to like it and felt comfortable.

"It took me two weeks to adjust when my dad first brought the snake home," he said.


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