The largest snake market for pepper soup in Nigeria

One man's food is another man's poison. In Nigeria, it's the other way around - they can whip up a tasty dish with venomous snakes for locals to enjoy.

BattaBox, a Nigerian TV programme headed down to a local snake market just outside of Lagos in Badagry to check it out.

"They sell snakes here!" explains Odunayo, the BattaBox presenter. "Nigerians - we sabi chop things o!"

The snake market rakes in cash by selling hundreds of different shapes, lengths and sizes of snakes - and according to BattaBox, "customers (mostly women who own restaurants) all rush to the bags and grab as many as they can as fast as they can - before they are sold out".

"People really love snake! They come from far and wide to eat!" says one young woman is buying a large bag, full of snakes .

"We buy from here and then use it to cook as Pepper Soup... it tastes delicious and sweet - it tastes like fish."

Source: Myjoyonline

Snakes in Nigeria

Nigeria’s wide biodiversity of flora and fauna, includes abundant species of snakes. Among them are several venomous ones: the West African carpet viper, gaboon viper, puff adder and black-necked spitting cobra however, recent studies have shown a huge decline in the snake population in Nigeria.

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