To many Burundians, snakes symbolize demons. Its slightest presence in homes leads to its quick death and only grown men, and only the bold ones, dare to attack snakes. However, breeding of snakes has now become a flourishing business in Burundi.
The snakes are usually kept in cages. They are then tamed to make them get used to human presence. Some say it’s a job that is still ignored but profitable.
“We make bags and belts. When we collect the snakes from the forest, we put each one in its cage, we take care of their cleanliness. In Europe, a snake can cost 60 euros. If you have 100 heads, it’s a business,” Nzigiyimana revealed.
These breeders do also sell snake meat to maximize their incomes and they are now calling on youths to venture into this rare business in the country.
“I am testifying because I have already seen the fruits of this breeding. I am pleading with the youths to start this business,” Nzigiyimana said
Snake business has also attracted a number of tourists to Bujumbura in the national museums. Some tourists also visit private farms to see these snakes.