I don’t think Andrew Zimmern saw him

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When chef and television personality Andrew Zimmern came to shoot an episode of Bizarre Foods in the Philippines, he visited the Balaw-balaw Restaurant in Angono, Rizal where the specialty includes bugs and other exotic food. I don’t think he went to the town of Kalayaan in Laguna, however, to dine at the Exotik Restaurant. Snake wasn’t on the menu of Exotik but there was a pet snake there. It is kept in a cage but the cage is opened several times a day, under the supervision of an attendant, so that visitors can pet the snake. A rather large snake, at the widest part of its body, the size of a large watermelon.

I was too chicken to pet it — I don’t like reptiles — but I got near enough to take photos.

Now, I’m wondering — why is its tongue forked?


  1. says

    Wow! How brave of you to take this snake picture! The snake’s tongue is forked to serve as additional feelers for scent of food or threats.

    I am also afraid of snakes. Huge snake phobia.

  2. says

    That’s a very nice capture! Did you get to see the bigger (black)snake? It’s housed near the bigger function areas. The yellow snake is at the ground floor.