Most Africans hate reptiles. I found this out when I collected lizards in the rocks around our place as a little boy, then trotted off to show them to John, our askari (guard). John was a fierce-looking and tough Kamba. He carried his rungu (fighting stick) with him everywhere, and also kept a bow and arrow collection in the guard house. Much to my dismay, he started cursing and backpeddling as soon as he realized what I was proferring up to him in my little 8 year-old hands.
Personally, most reptiles don’t bother me. As a good mzungu (white person), you’d find me catching little lizards, hatching their eggs, or chasing the big monitor lizards in the bush. However, I must draw the line somewhere, and that line is at snakes. If you have any questions as to why, please take a look at the following pictures, and read the story at snopes.
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