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French Man Shares Home With 400 Reptiles, Including Two Giant Alligators, Rattle Snakes and a Cobra (Video)

This is one neighbour you will not get close to his door, let alone enter his house without permission, or should I say approval.


Philippe Gillet is a 67-year-old reptile enthusiast who stays with 400 unusual co-ocupmats in his apartment – frightening reptiles. Over two decades he 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, reports Reuters.
In his unassuming house on France’s River Loire, a cobra lives on the coffee table, a 50 kg (110-pound) tortoise roams the garden and a two-meter (seven-foot) alligator sleeps in the owner’s bed while another keeps watch at the door.


Gillet says the two alligators, named Ali and Gator, were rescued from a leather farm but most of the animals are pets that outstayed their welcome elsewhere and have been abandoned or donated.

“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.

“We don’t understand them, we hate them, we think they’re horrible. But when we get to know them, you can call them over, tell them to come and eat something for example.”
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 cautious: they are under instructions not to enter his house in an emergency.

Via Reuters

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8 comments

  1. Hmmm, could I say this is love for animals or what? but if am his neighbour, I would have packed out since maka na nkita agu na agu anaghi ama onye nweya ma ya foduzikwa onye obia

  2. Udubrai obediah o.

    Jez,I can’t try this

  3. Ataka Fortunatus Tobenna

    Hmmmm, you should be careful with those animals, and not to allow those pet hurt anyone.

  4. hmmmm so irritating

  5. This man is a weirdo…not just that oooo…..he’s an alien from planet mars.

  6. God!!……this is disturbing

  7. Umeugo Vivian Ifunanya

    Hmm! The love of pet is too much biko.. I think u need to reduce it.. Too much of it could hurt humans u know

  8. The whites and their stupidity….

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