Just got back from India, where I happened to take this picture:
My friends and I were at a tourist site near Jaipur at the time. When we came around the corner, these two guys opened their baskets and got in character.
Clearly, they were there to make money off tourists, but it made me wonder: how in the heck to they do that without anyone dying? My friend dropped his money mere inches from the snake, and then he reached down to move the bill (!) and the dudes didn’t even skip a beat. I would have expected them to tell him to stand back or warn him.
I think the snakes were real, but it looked odd that they kind of popped up immediately after the lids were removed (but then again, they might have liked the light).
Is there a way to defang a snake, either humanely or inhumanely?
Or was this the real deal?