Man loves 'shy, fun and friendly' snakes

2015-03-15 16:24

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Mbombela - Snakes are friendlier than most human beings, says Nicholas Mashaba.

Mashaba, 22, who is unemployed, says he keeps himself busy by searching the bush in his hometown of Matsulu near Mbombela, Mpumalanga, for snakes.

"People look at me like I am a crazy man who has no life. Some think I am a wizard. The truth is I love snakes and I think they are fun and friendly.

What I love about them is that they are so shy. I get to play with them at my house and then release them back into the wild after some time," said Mashaba.

Mashaba said that people normally believe anyone who handles a snake is weird because snakes are considered an enemy.

"Most people are afraid of me now, but I don’t blame them because they don’t know the feeling. I really care a lot for snakes. It is my hobby, I cannot help it," added Mashaba.

The young man's love for snakes started in 2010 after he and his friend saw a snake In a tree.

"My friend wanted to kill the reptile but I saved it. Initially I was scared to touch it but I overcame my fear and set it free into the bush,” says Mashaba.

Mashaba has never been bitten by a snake.

"Snakes only attack human being based on how they approach the animals. I would like to create awareness around snakes. They do not belong to Satan as most people believe. They were created by God like all other creatures," said Mashaba.

Mashaba's friend, Msayeli Khoza, said that he accepts Mashaba’s strange hobby.

"I used to have a problem with my friend playing with snakes but as time went by I noticed that snakes are not as bad as we think they are. I am also learning how to interact with the snakes," said Khoza.

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