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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 08:20 AM

The snake is so deadly, say villagers, if you are bitten the furthest you will get is five steps

The snake is so deadly, say villagers, that if you are bitten the furthest you will get is five steps before dying.

Visiting China's 'snake village' of Zisiqiao

It is a sleepy village with a deadly secret. A couple of decades ago, locals in Zisiqiao made a living from farming and fishing.

But now they rear snakes - among them pythons, vipers and cobras. There are three million snakes in total - leaving the locals outnumbered by the serpents by a ratio of almost 3,000 to one.

Step into any of the more than 100 snake farms in the village and you will see the snakes slithering about in small wooden boxes piled on top of each other.

During the summer months, you can see concrete pits full of some of the most dangerous snakes in the world. One snake is particularly feared here - the so-called "five-step snake".

The snake is so deadly, say villagers, that if you are bitten the furthest you will get is five steps before dying.
People walk past a Chinese decorative drum with a paper-cutting of a snake ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at

The reptiles are reared for their meat, which is sold to restaurants, and their body parts, which are highly sought after in traditional Chinese medicine.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21332266

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Reply The snake is so deadly, say villagers, if you are bitten the furthest you will get is five steps (Original post)
The Straight Story Feb 2013 OP
el_bryanto Feb 2013 #1
napi21 Feb 2013 #2
el_bryanto Feb 2013 #3
Bonhomme Richard Feb 2013 #4
Duer 157099 Feb 2013 #7
mainer Feb 2013 #5
The Straight Story Feb 2013 #6
TheMastersNemesis Feb 2013 #8
The Straight Story Feb 2013 #9
guardian Feb 2013 #10

Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 08:24 AM

1. When life gives you snakes, make snakenade. nt

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 08:34 AM

2. So the meat is sold to resturants, huh. I'd be afraid to eat it!

Sounds to me like getting ecoli from mishandled foods in the US could become a lot more serious if you were to eat this snake meat that wasn't cleaned properly!

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Response to napi21 (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 08:36 AM

3. I don't know - if I had the opportunity to eat there I probably would

If I ever go to Thailand for example, or Hong Kong or Singapore - i'll probably eat the food. I think that'd be part of the charm.

Bryant

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:04 AM

4. Well, the first thing I would do is not take 5 steps.

I couldn't resist...sorry.

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Response to Bonhomme Richard (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:10 AM

7. I know, right?

Maybe take 3 steps to get away from it, but then just sit still.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:08 AM

5. Snake venom IS being studied as curative

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Response to mainer (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:09 AM

6. Interesting article, deserves it's own op imho (nt)

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:36 AM

8. Anyone Know What Snake Is Called "5 Step". In Vietnam The Bamboo Viper Was Supposedly Called 3 Step

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Response to TheMastersNemesis (Reply #8)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:43 AM

9. Central and South America, called the Fer-De-Lance (nt)

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 11:42 AM

10. Exclusive photo of the deadly snake

 

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