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400 scaly creatures under one roof: meet France’s reptile man

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By ITN News Editor September 21, 2018 13:36

400 scaly creatures under one roof: meet France’s reptile man

For most people, sharing a living room with just one two-metre-long alligator is the stuff of nightmares; Philippe Gillet has two.Named Ali and Gator, they stalk the 67 year-old Frenchman’s house, along with hundreds of other creatures including some of nature’s most-maligned species from rattlesnakes to tarantulas.

Over two decades the herpetologist — the technical word for a reptile enthusiast — has amassed a collection 400 strong in his unassuming house in a village on the banks of the River Loire.A cobra lives in the coffee table, a 50kg tortoise roams the garden and at night Ali, the dominant alligator of the pair, sleeps with Gillet while Gator keeps watch at the door.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 21, 2018 13:36

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