Philippe Gillet gives chicken to his alligator Ali in his living room in Coueron, near Nantes, France. He also has another alligator, named Gator (next slide), and says both were rescued from a leather farm. Most of the other animals are pets that overstayed their welcome elsewhere and have been abandoned or donated.
The 67-year-old Frenchman, has over two decades, amassed a collection of more than 400 reptiles, including cobras, pythons, iguanas, and lizards in his home.
Gillet says he has all the necessary permits to keep and transport the animals for road shows, which he runs to raise awareness about reptiles.
He insists the locals do not mind their unusual neighbours 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.
Photos: Stephane Mahe/Reuters
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