Mon. Apr 15th, 2024

VietNamNet Bridge – Breeding ornamental snakes is now in vogue, because 2013
is the year of snake. However, scientists say the breeding is not encouraged,
because this is a kind of alien species.

Vietnam, year of snake, environment, alien spieces

“Lam fish”, a well-known fish player in Thanh Xuan district in Hanoi, said
breeding dogs, cats and ornamental fishes has become no more in fashion. The
youth now tend to breed strange animals, especially snakes.

“I am going to buy a snake for breeding. I heard that snakes would bring good
luck in the year of snake,” he said.

Lam, who has learnt well about the snake market, said there are three main
species of snakes, namely corn snake, milk snake and king snake. The snakes all
have been imported from Thailand. They don’t have venom, while they are small
and colorful; therefore, they have quickly become favored by the youth.

An ornamental snake with the size of 25-30 cm is priced at VND1 million. Snakes
have been available at online pet shops which also give advices on how to feed
and take care for snakes.

Breeding snakes is now a hot topic on many forums for the youth. A young girl
wrote that Vietnamese youth did not think of breeding snakes in the past,
because they thought all species of snakes have venom. In Vietnam, snakes were
considered a kind of food rather than ornamental pets. Meanwhile, in European
countries, it is a popular pet.

The girl now has a red head snake (elaphe taeniura ssp) which she described as
“gentle, colorful and lovely.”

“If you want to have a snake and if you want a Vietnamese one, you should think
of red head snake. The snakes are very beautiful and they don’t require special
care,” she wrote.

Analysts said breeding snakes has become a hobby of the youth, because snakes
can move flexibly and easily worm their way through narrow slots. Milk snakes
are believed to be inoffensive to humans.

Snake breeders may have heard about, a website where one can find
updated information about breeding snakes. The administrator of the website said
there is a group of translators in charge of translating stories about snakes
from science journals and sharing with the community.

About 40 amateur snake breeders who are the members of meet each
other once every three weeks to exchange experiences about snake breeding.

Nguyen Hong Quang, a feng shui expert, denied the opinion that snake is a fengh
shui animal and that breeding snakes can help relieve someone’s run of bad luck.
“It’s untruthful story. If you raise snakes in the year of snakes, then what you
will raise in the year of dragon?” he said.

When asked about the milk snake, Dr Nguyen Quang Truong from the Vietnam Academy
of Science and Technology said the snakes are named “scarlet king snake” in
English. There are 25 species of the snakes, which mostly live in the north and
central of America.

Also according to Dr. Truong, this is an alien species; therefore, breeding and
keeping the snakes have not been encouraged. The existence of the snakes may
affect the natural disposition in Vietnam.

He warned that the snakes look like a toxic snake species – Sinomicrurus, living
mostly in the mountainous areas of Vietnam.

Kien Thuc

By vivian