Snake charming is the practice of pretending to hypnotise a snake by playing an instrument.
The snake charmers typically stitch closed the mouth of their performing snakes, leaving just enough opening for the animal to be able to move its tongue in and out. The downside for the snakes is that they soon die of starvation or mouth infection, and have to be replaced by freshly caught specimens.
The picture was taken in Rishikesh, India.

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