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Snake charming is the practice of pretending to hypnotise a snake by playing an instrument. The practice is most common in India, though other Asian nations such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Malaysia are also home to performers, as are the North African countries of Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. Many snake charmers live a wandering existence, visiting towns and villages on market days and during festivals. the charmer typically sits out of biting range, and his animal is sluggish and reluctant to attack anyway. More drastic means of protection include removing the creature’s fangs or venom glands, or even sewing the snake’s mouth shut. The most popular species are those native to the snake charmer’s home region, typically various kinds of cobras, though vipers and other types are also used.
Indian King Cobras (Naja naja), Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, Rajastan, India, Asia
Nikon D200, Nikkor 18-200 mm, 1/1250 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
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