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The snake farm where snakes eat chicken and people eat snake

Report & Video by Matt Blake

A snake farm, where visitors can watch giant serpents devour live chickens before eating a range of snake dishes themselves, has become one of Taiwan's most popular tourist destinations as the nation gears up for Chinese New Year.

Visitors are flocking to Snake King Education Farm in Tainan, to see its collection of more than 6,000 serpents, before the Year of the Snake begins this weekend.

Exhibits include the hundred-pacer, the kraits, and the green habu and, for the lunar new year, a range of foreign species such as the gaboon viper, the black mamba, and the king cobra.

Huang Guo-nan, a private zookeeper who has raised cobras for 28 years, claims to be the first person to have successfully bred them in Taiwan.

He said his farm aims to educate people about how to protect themselves from venomous snakes.

There is even a restaurant that offers a range of snakey meals - from snake skin, snake soup, snake liver and snake tendons to snake eggs.

Huang, who said there were many health benefits to eating snake, also sells snake wine and a line of skin care products made of cobra extracts.

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