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    Posted June 4, 2012 by
    Wyckoff, New Jersey
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    Enter Snake Man


    Somewhere west of the city of Higuey in the El Seibo province of the Dominican Republic our green jeep pulls over to a small village surrounded by trees with oval orange-yellow fruit. We are on an excursion into the countryside and one of our stops is at a cocoa plantation to see how raw chocolate is made. After the demonstration, including the opportunity to taste the product, local children run up to offer us hibiscus flowers in the hopes of earning a few dollars. We give in to them and are soon wearing flowers behind our ears.


    Then the village snake man approaches us with a number of slithery boas wrapped around his neck and shoulders and a tarantula placed on his face for maximum shock value. The color of his headscarf matches the hibiscus flowers. The snake man takes obvious pleasure from the reactions of some of the tourists. He grins from ear to ear when two middle-aged ladies on our tour recoil in disgust at the sight of his portable petting zoo. I happily volunteer to hold one snake. Before I know it, the snake man wraps two or three boas (I lost count) around my neck as I pose for some pictures.


    We make our way back on the jeep for our next destination. As a parting gesture, the snake man strikes a pose adorned with all his creatures for a last photo op. We give him a few dollars and our jeep pulls away.

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