Sunday, 17 October 2021

Picture of the day

A customer takes a photo with a ball python at the Reptile Cafe in Phnom Penh. Taking off from the cat cafes already popular in the Cambodian capital, Chea Raty launched his business to revamp the skin-crawling reputation of lizards and snakes and convince haters that they are simply misunderstood. (Tang Chhin Sothy / AFP)
Business is still slow-going due to the common fears of snakes and lizards. But women, Chea Raty says, are providing an unexpected boost. “They put the pythons around their neck, take selfies, and they are happy.” (Tang Chhin Sothy / AFP)

Customer Y Navim was wary at first of a corn snake, an orange-coloured serpent that kills its prey through constriction. But it was soon resting on her palm as she sipped her coffee. “This cafe is quite unique,” the 22-year-old said. “I’ve never seen some of these reptiles before. They are beautiful and scary.”

(Tang Chhin Sothy / AFP)

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