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?