Handling Snakes in Marrakesh, Morocco

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Ophidiophobes beware! Because this post is about snakes! Snakes are perhaps one of the most feared animals in the world. Personally, I’m not really afraid of them. In fact I find them to be quite fascinating. But I definitely have a healthy respect of just how powerful some of them can be. As there are snakes out there that can end a person’s life with minimal effort. While I was traveling in Morocco, I had a chance to get up close and personal with a few of them.

I had taken a break from my Peace Corps service to do some traveling with my younger brother. I had met him in Morocco and we were to join a walking tour that was to leave from Marrakesh. We arrived in the city the day before the start of the tour, so we decided to do some exploring. One of the places we went to was the Medina to check out the market.

At the Medina we noticed that there were a couple of guys who had set out some live snakes on some rugs. We had moved in closer to take some pictures. The snake handlers saw us taking interest. And before we knew it we had been roped in to get our picture taken with the snakes. I quickly learned that Moroccan merchants are very good negotiators, as we found it difficult to say no. So we ended up just going with it.

I got to handle a couple of the smaller snakes and had them draped around my neck for pictures. I sat on a stool as one of the handlers snapped a few shots with my camera. The stool was placed right next to the rugs were the other snakes were laying. Now I’m not a herpetologist, but I was able to recognize a few of them as being venomous. There was a cobra, a sand viper, and a puff adder just a few feet away from where I was sitting. Each one capable of royally messing my day up!

I sat there calmly, assuming that the handlers had everything under control. Fortunately no one was bit during this experience. However, it did turn out to be a bit pricey. The handlers asked for a lot of money. We were able to talk them down a little bit, but it was still rather expensive. Though I did find it pretty cool to be able to handle some of the snakes. As well as to be up close and personal with those potential deadly snakes on the rugs. As I’ve mentioned before, I find them to be quite fascinating!

If you ever visit Morocco, which I highly suggest you do because it’s a great place to visit, be weary when you see people with animals. I’d suggest observing and taking pictures from a distance. As those handling the animals may quickly try to reel you in for an expensive photo opportunity. That is unless you absolutely want to get your picture taken with them and you’re willing to pay for it.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Have you ever handled snakes before? Or would you be willing to? Leave a comment below and share. And please share this post if you liked it to support the blog. Thank you for visiting, have a great day!

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