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Snake Cafe Opens in Tokyo and its Not What You Think

August 14, 2015



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.

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You can view snakes at your table as you enjoy a coffee.

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 

 

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