Reading to snakes: they like hisssstory
Please don’t get me wrong. I’m all in favor of better-educated reptiles, and I donate money to those charities that give scholarships to very bright lizards and tortoises.
Still, I am conflicted over this photo from China. As a person trying to guide young people into the better professions, I have to say if a job description dictates that you will be sitting in an enclosure reading books to slithering snakes while a bunch of gawkers take pictures outside, then maybe you should have majored in something other than art history or film studies in college.
The thing to ask yourself is, how do snakes let you know that they’re getting bored with what you’re reading, and it’s not a pretty answer.
A trainer reads a book as she sits inside a glass house containing boas at a zoo in Jinan, China, April 28, 2007. The performance with the snakes is being held to attract visitors during the May Day holiday. REUTERS/China Daily