INTRODUCTION In a desperate search to build new avenues of trade, Bangladesh has turned to what it hopes may be a major export earner - snakes.
CV PAN FROM Lake TO snake catchers going through long grass
MV Snakes catcher mesmerises cobra, and takes it round neck.
SV & CU Man puts snake head on wood and cuts out fangs and venom sacs. (2 shots)
SV & CU Man digging into snake hole. (2 shots)
SV Banded cobra and snake catcher. (3 shots)
SV Man removing fangs and poison sacs. (3 shots)
SV Man pulling python from tree, hands it to woman. (4 shots)
MV Woman takes green snake out of bush, puts same in small basket. (4 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION In a desperate search to build new avenues of trade, Bangladesh has turned to what it hopes may be a major export earner - snakes.
SYNOPSIS: The Bangladesh government last month announced its support of the scheme and hundreds of "Bedes" - or professional nomadic snake catchers - have sprung into action all over the country.
It's an exercise for the experts. These cobras are deadly. But they don't stay that way for long. After capture they have their poisoning equipment removed.
This area is around Mirpur, a typically snake infested area. As well as possibly providing a new export item, the operation will also reduce the deaths from snake-bites which the government estimates kill about 500 people a year. From the poison they remove the snake catchers make an old fashioned remedy for rheumatism, which is applied externally.
Not only are the poisonous snakes the subject of the expert drive but pythons and small green snakes are also included. Bangladesh hopes to export the snakes mainly to Europe and the United States, earning in the process some 35 million U.S. dollars next year, which is quite a few miles (kms) of snake.