Scaly, scary lodgers Frenchman shares home with 400 reptiles 有鱗片的嚇人房客:法國男子與400隻爬蟲動物共享屋子




In an unassuming house on France’s River Loire, a cobra lives on the coffee table, a 50 kg tortoise roams the garden and a two-meter alligator sleeps in the owner’s bed while another keeps watch at the door.



Over two decades, 67-year-old reptile enthusiast Philippe Gillet has amassed a collection of more than 400 phobia-inducing animals, including rattlesnakes, tarantulas and lizards in his home in western France near the city of Nantes.



"I think it’s unfair to treat these animals the way we do because we don’t understand them," he told Reuters after feeding chicken to his alligators.



Gillet says he has all the necessary permits to keep and transport the animals for roadshows which he runs to raise awareness about reptiles.



He insists the locals do not mind their unusual neighbors and regularly pop in for coffee, safe in the knowledge that the most dangerous snakes are kept in a room behind two sets of doors.



But the local fire department is more cautiousthey are under instructions not to enter his house in an emergency.Reuters



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