Charm a Snake Of Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka people have more confidence in traditional healers that in official medicine. Shami is a hereditary healer, his father and grandfather also worked here. He is the main antidote-maker in the area. There is a special outhouse where the snakes live. Although, nowadays business isn't going so well, thanks to the tourists the man earns $5 for every snake demonstration.

Snakehouse wall with letters of commendation and publications.

Cobra. All in all there are 4 types of cobras in Sri Lanka.

Cobras feed on rodents, amphibians, birds, gladly eat snakes, even poisonous ones. Cobra is very dangerous for people and animals, but, unlike vipers, always warns about its presence. It bites only in the case of extreme danger.

If one does not take antidote, the death comes 2-3 hours after the bite.

All in all 98 types of snakes live in Sri Lanka.

Daboia has very strong poison. After 30 minutes kidneys start to fail.

Even after taking antidote there will be traces left. That's how a finger looks after a bite.

Indian krait is the most poisonous snake over the island. The death comes after 40 minutes.

Daboia tries to bite its master.

It is the fastest one, it moves with the speed of 2 km/hr. Lives in coconut plantations, not poisonous.

This one can be up to 2 meters long. Has two poisonous teeth but is not dangerous for people.


Shami's father. Also a healer but he has withdrawn from business already. He has got 23 bite traces on his body.

Family photo.

There are a lot of snake liqueurs in the cupboard.

Many remedies are made from snakes and their poison. These balls stop headache.

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