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My 9 Months in Benin, West Africa

Many of you have asked me to detail some of my experiences in Benin, West Africa. I lived in the vicinity of Natitingou, Northern Benin from Nov. 2000 until July, 2001. My stay was organized by a mission organization to assist the Ottamari tribe with living conditions and facilitate the growth of the tiny Christian group within the tribe.

I definitely enjoyed my stay despite a couple of near-death experiences and it was a very rewarding experience. Amazingly I lived in a nation where Ball Pythons are native and it was a year after I returned before they captured my attention for captive breeding.

Experiencing the weather patterns of the area for such a long period has definitely helped me gain a feel for what I'm going for when breeding bps now.

Benin is definitely rich in wildlife and unfortunately I do not have pictures of some of the more exotic finds! ~Justin

Update: See more photos in my YouTube video of my time in Benin!