Emmanuel Tangco a zoo owner in the Philippines sleeps covered in snakes as he prepares to usher in the Chinese ‘Year of the Snake’.
Emmanuel Tangco has chosen this rare approach to usher in the year. Tangco is likely not in as much danger, since the snakes pictured, including at least one albino Burmese python, are not venomous. The Burmese python, a subspecies of the Indian python, kills its prey by squeezing it, rather than with a poisonous bite, according to National Geographic.
In Chinese Horoscopes 2013 will be The Year of the Snake. The Year of the Snake starts on February 10, 2013 and ends on January 30, 2014.
The Chinese Horoscope signs are named after one of 12 Chinese year animals that follow one another in a specific order. This sequence is repeated over twelve years.
These Chinese Zodiac signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep (sometimes referred to as the goat), monkey, rooster, dog and pig. As with western Astrology, all the Chinese star signs have their own characteristics, plus good and not so good qualities. People born in a specific year are believed to take on the character and qualities of the animal after which the year is named.
The Snake is the sixth sign in the Chinese Zodiac Horoscope and signifies wisdom. The Snake was admired by the ancient Chinese as great thinkers.