Keeping snakes as pets is really not that big of a deal. Most people likely know of at least one person that has a pet snake, so it's not really a taboo sort of thing these days. However, there is a village in Thailand that has taken things to a whole new extreme.
Welcome to the small village of Ban Kok Sa-Nga, a charming little village of around 140 homes. Ban Kok Sa-Nga is something of a miniature tourist attraction due to the fact that out of those 140 homes, 100% of them have at least one pet snake. And we're not talking little garter snakes either. From super-lethal King Cobras to the much respected python, the folks of Ban Kok Sa-Nga don't screw around.
The village has been this way for about 60 years, when town elders thought it might be prosperous to turn their town into something of a tourist attraction (notice the use of "attraction" and not "trap," as that is not a word you want people to associate with a town full of dangerous snakes). Oddly enough, there is no sense of fear among the residents. In fact, there always seems to be a festive mood in the air.
If you ever find yourself in Ban Kok Sa-Nga, you should make a point to check out the Man vs. Snake boxing matches. These matches are set up by trapping a cobra, angering it, throwing it onto a stage and then pulling its tail to anger it some more. The snake is then unleashed on a willing human that slaps at it and pulls at its tail to anger it some more.
So if you're one of those people who got a snake as a pet to add some cool points to your reputation, you're failing miserably. You're not a true snake lover until you've gone a few rounds with it Ban Kok Sa-Nga style.
Source: Oddity Central