Villagers in Zisiqiao sell their snakes to pharmaceutical firms that make them into powders, some of which are exported to Japan, South Korea, America and Europe. Photo: Simon Song
Villagers in Zisiqiao sell their snakes to pharmaceutical firms that make them into powders, some of which are exported to Japan, South Korea, America and Europe. Photo: Simon Song

Business is writhing in a Chinese village charmed by 3 million snakes

Breeding the reptiles for food and traditional medicine changed everything for Zisiqiao, where the trade brings in US$12 million a year

Villagers in Zisiqiao sell their snakes to pharmaceutical firms that make them into powders, some of which are exported to Japan, South Korea, America and Europe. Photo: Simon Song
Villagers in Zisiqiao sell their snakes to pharmaceutical firms that make them into powders, some of which are exported to Japan, South Korea, America and Europe. Photo: Simon Song
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