Malaysian woman to spend time with 100 venomous snakes

Malaysian woman to spend time with 100 venomous snakes

As part of her preparations for the feat, Noor Azhariah Adnan will spend 12 hours a day with the snakes for 20 days from Monday.

She will do this at a museum in ioph, the capital city of the state of Perak, where she sits in a 3.6-by-2m glass room filled with 100 snakes.

Local media reports said visitors could see her training until November 6.

"I have all my meals in here and I will only go out for short breaks," a trendily dressed Noor told reporters at the museum yesterday.

She said she was not scared of snakes because she loved them.

"I think they are the most delicate and sensitive creatures," she said.

Noor Azhariah, who has been handling snakes for 15 years, said her interest to become a snake performer began when she was 16.

"I attended a reptile exhibition which showcased a woman handling venomous snakes, and even kissing a cobra on the head.

"I was impressed and wanted to do the same," she said.

Noor Azhariah said she had trained under Malaysia's Raja Ular (snake king), Ali Khan Shamsudin, who died in 2006 after he was bitten by a king cobra.

Now, she is being trained by Ali Khan's brother-in-law, Hussine Dastagir, 50, who is also a performer with more than 30 years experience as a snake handler.