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Man caught eating snake meat to cure his aching spine

By Mason White 4:46 PM February 2, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
A man who was caught eating snake meat, told police that he needs the animal to cure his aching spine, police in Zimbabwe said.

Now, the Mutare Magistrate’s Court sentenced 58-year-old Archwell Maramba, to serve 9 years in prison after being convicted of killing a protected species.

Maramba told the court that he had been eating snake meat for their medicinal value. He ate python meat to cure his aching spine, and since eating his first snake, he had no pain.

Police arrested Maramba, after receiving a tip from a neighbor that he was eating snake meat. Police officers who raided Maramba’s house, found snake meat hidden in the attic.

Maramba was sentenced to 9 years in prison after pleading guilty to violating Section 45 of the Parks and Wildlife Act as part of a plea bargain agreement with prosecutors.