The ‘Python Brothers’ and their hundred snakes

The ‘Python Brothers’ and their hundred snakes

Two brothers hailing from Pakistan pet more than a hundred snakes around their home.  Hamza and Hassan Hussain, the brothers said that their fascination with snakes started off after they watched the children's cartoon 'Jungle Book'. "We started when we were in our teens. I was in awe of the green boa in 'Jungle Book' and we finally bought a snake. Then we slowly became very passionate about them," says Hamza, 20.

Hassan Hussain, 22, brought the first snake – a sand boa from a local animal shelter for 15 pounds, "We used to bring cows and goats home during Eid (the Muslim festival), then I bought some pigeons. After sometime, I pet a crocodile and eventually got to know about snakes," added Hassan

After this the brothers brought home a six-foot long Indian Rock Python for 150 pounds. Now five years it has been since they started petting pythons, the brothers have a collection of over a hundred snakes including an albino python, "When we began keeping snakes in our house, lots of our neighbors filed complaints against us as they were scared. We live in a residential area, so we have to be careful. We have to make sure that the snakes never move beyond our boundary wall," said the brothers.

They imported 16 pythons from Oklahoma City, USA, to keep them as pets. The largest is a female het albino reticulated python, which is seen coiled around Hassan's neck all the time. They started breeding snakes after the import and now have over a hundred snakes in addition with the new born, each measuring about a foot in length – but with the potential to grow up to at least five or six feet.

"Pythons take three to four months to lay eggs after mating, and 60 more days for the eggs to hatch. If the female gets pregnant, she will eat less and shed more skin. The shedding is customary with the breed," said Hassan

 The brothers have now set up a zoo under the NGO – The wildlife experience centre, in North Nazimabad, Pakistan

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