In Abu Arish Governorate, in the Jazan region (southwest Saudi Arabia), the love for animals led a Saudi youth to gather and breed large or highly toxic crocodiles and snakes.
The young Muhannad Dibaji told Al-Arabiya.net about this hobby that he started at the age of 12 when he raised a “Abu Al-Siour” snake. Later, this hobby developed into crocodile breeding, where Muhannad bought a crocodile 7 years ago, and after 3 years he bought another crocodile.
Muhannad said, “I bought crocodiles when they are small, because I can handle them easily. But now, after it have grown up, it has become difficult to deal with them, because it is dangerous to approach them.”
He added, “As for the rest of the life, I own a wolf that I raised to be a pet with humans and I used to walk with it. I bought it when it was very old, and put it for two months in a cage, and in the evening I used to feed him with my hands until it became familiar with me. Then I took him out of the cage and walked with it then I wash it and then put it back in the cage. “
Muhannad pointed out that he now owns 100 snakes of different types, including “Abu Al Seur” of all kinds, “Al Arqam”, “Arabian cobra”, “Rocky”, “Carpet” and “Jet snake”, in addition to two “origins” Promise and Python.
He continued: “I possessed the most dangerous types of snakes in Saudi Arabia, which is the so-called” black slag snake “, but I got rid of it recently, because it is considered one of the most dangerous snakes in the world. Its poison attacks the nervous and blood systems at the same time, and this type is found in a number of valleys Jazan “.
He added, “There is another black snake that is similar to it, but it differs greatly from it in terms of toxicity, in addition to a slight difference in shape, especially in the head and tail, so the tail of the” malicious black snake “It comes broad and not like other snakes, it is thin, which causes the snake’s head to be unknown by its tail, especially if it wraps around itself, that is, it is in an attack position. As for the other snake, which is one of the types of snakes called “Abu Al-Oyoun” or “Al-Aniq”, its tail comes out like all other snakes, and its head is also wide. It is difficult to differentiate between them. “
There are more than 3,000 species of snakes on the planet and they’re found everywhere except in Antarctica, Iceland, Ireland, Greenland, and New Zealand. About 600 species are venomous, and only about 200—seven percent—are able to kill or significantly wound a human.
Nonvenomous snakes, which range from harmless garter snakes to the not-so-harmless python, dispatch their victims by swallowing them alive or constricting them to death. Whether they kill by striking with venom or squeezing, nearly all snakes eat their food whole, in sometimes astoundingly large portions.
Almost all snakes are covered in scales and as reptiles, they’re cold blooded and must regulate their body temperature externally. Scales serve several purposes: They trap moisture in arid climates and reduce friction as the snake moves. There have been several species of snakes discovered that are mostly scaleless, but even those have scales on their bellies.
Snakes also have forked tongues, which they flick in different directions to smell their surroundings. That lets them know when danger—or food—is nearby.
Snakes have several other ways to detect a snack. Openings called pit holes in front of their eyes sense the heat given off by warm-blooded prey. And bones in their lower jaws pick up vibrations from rodents and other scurrying animals. When they do capture prey, snakes can eat animals up to three times bigger than their head is wide because their lower jaws unhinge from their upper jaws. Once in a snake’s mouth, the prey is held in place by teeth that face inward, trapping it there.