ELI5… what the heck is actually happening with snake charmers? Is it more of a theatric show or?

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ELI5… what the heck is actually happening with snake charmers? Is it more of a theatric show or?

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The cobra rises up in a defensive posture and sways to mimic the motion of the charmer, that it believes to be a threat.

They’re often defanged for safety, as king cobras are extremely venomous.

These are trained animals. A snake charmer is pretty much doing the same thing as the trainers at Sea World.

Pull a cobra out of the wild, stick it in a basket, open the basket and play a flute? You’ll have a dead flute player.

Now breed the cobras, defang them, handle them like pets, feed them on a regular basis. Voila! You can entertain the tourists and idiots.