Snakes are considered a delicacy at wildlife restaurants in Vietnam, where they are served in special dishes or in “snake wine”. Large numbers of snakes are also smuggled from Vietnam across the border to be consumed in China. 




Wild pythons are hunted for their skins, used to make shoes, belts, wallets, and other expensive products, many of which are exported from Vietnam. Python farms have been established to help meet commercial demand, but farmers continue to supplement their captive stock with animals illegally obtained from the wild.