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."
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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