Cafe’s where you can essentially view and rent cats while you sip your coffee have been around for years, but have you heard of a snake cafe? Th
Cafe’s where you can essentially view and rent cats while you sip your coffee have been around for years, but have you heard of a snake cafe? That’s right, an entrepreneur in Japan has opened what may be the world’s first snake cafe where you can view snakes, and for a small fee, handle a snake. Hisamitsu Kaneko opened the Tokyo Snake Center because he wanted to give people a better understanding of the reptiles and to dispel the notion that snakes are bad.
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"I was initially interested in environment conservation, and in that context, I wanted to show people the good parts about animals, so I started this cafe," Kaneko told the Mirror.
Kaneko keeps 35 non-venomous snake species in his cafe, with the majority of them corn snakes. In addition to that ice tea, you can enjoy a snake at your table and learn about its history and if you want, you can hold the snake. You can also purchase snake-themed products, such as faux snake skin ties and snake skin charms. The cafe is located in Harajuku, the famous fashion district in Tokyo.
John B. Virata keeps a western hognose snake, a ball python, two corn snakes, a king snake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased for $5. His first pet reptile was a green anole that arrived in a small box via mail order. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata