Bai Tuo plays with a python in his home.
A 25-year-old man who claims to have shared his home with 25 snakes within the past 10 years made headlines this week.
Bai is photographed checking up on one of his pythons.
When Bai Tuo was a junior high school student, a snake found its way into his Kunming home, and he discovered his fondness for the creatures, Tencent reports.
Bai’s family and friends have gradually gotten used to seeing several snakes slithering about in his home throughout these past ten years.
Bai treats a python for stomatitis.
Bai works at a wildlife park in Yunnan, and often takes the snakes home to care for them.
Feeding time: Bai offers a snake some lunch.
When local forest police bust a wildlife trafficking case, Bai brings the snakes back to his “reptile room”, as he considers the facilities at the zoo’s Reptile House to be inadequate. He said he’ll bring them back when conditions there are more suitable for the reptiles.
This room is set up to accommodate all 25 snakes.
Bai told reporters that he has had as many as 25 snakes lodging in his reptile room at once.
He checks each snakes’ health every day after he returns from work. If the snakes are sick, he provides them with treatment himself. He also loves to choose the snakes that “behave” better to play with.
The snake-lover offers a snake some water and keeps him warm.
In 2013, an 11-year-old boy in Guandong reportedly planned to stay in a glass box with his pet python for 15 days to mark the beginning of the Year of the Snake in an attempt to challenge the Guinness World Record. He hopes people can learn to co-exist harmoniously with with the reptiles and to stop hurting them.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Tencent]