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Philippines Zoo offering 'snake massages'


Posted on Thursday, 22 May, 2014 | Comment icon 17 comments

The unique therapy is not for the timid. Image Credit: Tim Vickers
If you've ever wanted a big pile of snakes heaped on top of you then Cebu City Zoo has just the thing.
The bizarre massage service is provided by four giant pythons weighing a total of 550lbs that are unceremoniously draped on top of the recipient. The writhing weight of the massive reptiles is believed to offer therapeutic benefits to those who are brave enough to try it.

The snakes, which are called Michelle, Walter, EJ and Daniel, are given a meal of 10 chickens each before the session begins to ensure that they don't try eating their client.

Nonetheless, the customer is advised to avoid wriggling around too much so as to not be mistaken for an after-dinner snack.

"At first, visitors feel fear but most of the guests who try the snake massage say that they like it," said zoo manager Giovanni Romarate. "It's like getting a hand massage."


Source: Death and Taxes | Comments (17)

Tags: Snakes, Zoo

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #8 Posted by QuiteContrary on 22 May, 2014, 15:10
It just looked like a heavy weight on her body. Not enough writhing. The "masseuse" needs more training. Do snakes "lie low" or sleep after eating? They feed them first. I have zero confidence in that guy being able to pry that huge thing off me if it didn't like my perfume. Poor snake. The woman is free to leave.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Helen of Annoy on 22 May, 2014, 16:11
It's probably done for the drama. You can get a perfectly good snake massage from smaller snakes. The problem's going to be to keep them in one place on your body. (yes, I like snakes.) Amazing creatures, but I like them better when they're not piled up on my back.
Comment icon #10 Posted by seaturtlehorsesnake on 23 May, 2014, 2:27
i misread the title, and assumed that it was the snakes themselves who were receiving massages. alas, it was not to be.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Erowin on 23 May, 2014, 3:52
Awww I thought they were going to give massages to the snakes. They probably deserve it more! And um... how is that beneficial? They don't move much, nor do they know 'where' to apply pressure. Its just a heavy thing sitting on you.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Astra00 on 23 May, 2014, 4:30
I'll stick with hubby's massages......
Comment icon #13 Posted by Wickian on 23 May, 2014, 9:04
I hope there a "You must be this heavy/tall/size to enjoy a snake massage" sign, preferably featuring Steve Irwin.
Comment icon #14 Posted by minera on 26 May, 2014, 18:18
People are nuts.....
Comment icon #15 Posted by Eldorado on 26 May, 2014, 22:48
Been a long time since I've had a snake massage. Them was the days.
Comment icon #16 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 27 May, 2014, 16:01
fancy a python constantly strangling n releasing u
Comment icon #17 Posted by Arkitecht on 29 May, 2014, 1:44
When they have free bear hug day,im gonna bring a camera...


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