Frenchman Shares His Home With 400 Reptile Roommates

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Frenchman Shares His Home With 400 Reptile Roommates (photo: huffingtonpost)

“I think it’s unfair to treat these animals the way we do because we don’t understand them,” Philippe Gillet said.

 

In an 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.

Over two decades, 67 years 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.

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