The snake owner who became the talk of town in Esigodini after being filmed taking a python to Esigodini Police Station’s charge office says whenever he sees a reptile of that nature, he just cannot ignore it.
Felex Ngoromi from Gokwe’s Chisai Village under Chief Sayi said he was a unique person with love for the big snakes.
“I realise I am different from everyone else because every time I see a python I just feel the urge to hold it and keep it next to me,” said Ngoromi.
About the snake that made him an internet sensation he said:
“I came across it at Mvuthu Primary school some time back and immediately caught it. I took the snake home and it stayed in a sack outside the house. I had to make holes on the sack so that it could get fresh air. After realising I can’t stay with the snake because it needs to eat different kinds of meat like rabbit meat which I can’t provide I decided to surrender it to the police. The police advised me to take the snake to a game park so the next day I took it to Chipangali,” he said.
Some villagers think he has a special gift from his ancestors.
“His behaviour is strange and no one can really understand him. To try to understand that someone is not afraid of a slithering snake, worse still to live in the same home with it is traumatising. At times he claims to heal people and those who stay with him can witness that uyafikelwa (gets possessed)”, said a source who preferred anonymity.
- It’s illegal to keep a snake at home in Zimbabwe.
- Pythons are a protected species in Zimbabwe and killing them can attract a mandatory nine-year jail term. Pythons are non venomous therefore they can be caught by hand by two people.
- Sangomas buy dead snakes for ritual purposes.
- Pet pythons are relatively safe to own when proper safety is practised and deaths associated with pet pythons are very isolated when compared to other domestic animals such as dogs and horses.