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First Dogs, Now Snakes! Odunayo of Battabox Heads to Badagry to Explore the Snakes Market | Watch the Video



If you ask me, the things in the picture looks like dried fish. But if you look closely, you’ll figure it out. The Battabox team recently showed us that there’s a market for canine cuisine in Lagos. Now, in the same town of Badagry, Odunayo finds out about the trading of our slithery reptiles commonly feared and reputed to be the cause of Eve’s fall.

So while some people are scared of snakes, we find out from this video that they can actually be used to prepare tasty African food.
“They bring the snakes from the Republic of Benin,” says Bati who has been selling it in the Badagry market (near Nigeria’s border with Benin) for many years now. And customers come from across South-West Nigeria like Ondo and Oyo state to buy.

“People really love snake! They come from far and wide to eat!” says one young woman is buying a large bag, full of snakes – “We buy from here and then use it to cook as Pepper Soup… its tastes to delicious and sweet – it tastes like fish.”

One large snake can cost up to 1400 Naira ($9) and the small snake can cost as little as 500 Naira ($3).

Watch the video and share your thoughts!

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  1. Purpleicious Babe

    June 12, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Modupe girl speaks well.. I prefer her to the Presenter…… lol.

  2. TeeWii

    June 12, 2013 at 11:17 am

    WTF!!! In my village we don’t kill snakes.. Thanks God I don’t eat out in NIG,,… Damn!! scary

  3. Sbaby

    June 12, 2013 at 11:31 am


  4. Jet

    June 12, 2013 at 11:32 am

    After watching this video I am more convinced in my spirit never to visit any road side restaurant aka ‘mama put’. If people that have visited such places can be shown what they’ve consumed I think they would not eat out anymore.

  5. @_deyemi

    June 12, 2013 at 11:39 am

    VIEWERS BEWARE – There’s more to this video than the snakes… watch out for the deadly gbagauns. LMAO!

    • okayyy

      June 12, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      this person that wrote this comment is mad! lmaoooooo. too funny! Lets be real English is not the average NIgerian’s first language so we shouldn’t trip jare…italians, the french etc also gbagaun when they speak English and ppl dnt stress them…if English isn’t ur first language then hey…let roll with the punches. but for real your comment literarily made me laugh out loud…

  6. Whales

    June 12, 2013 at 11:43 am

    All I can say is Blood of Jesus!!!

  7. Annie

    June 12, 2013 at 11:58 am


  8. olu

    June 12, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I love snake …so sweet and yummy

  9. pynk

    June 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    lol! Snakes might be a cheaper source of protein at this rate oh. Look @ that big snake for N500, might cook a whole pot of stew.

  10. joe

    June 12, 2013 at 12:27 pm


  11. Divva

    June 12, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    WTF Ewwwwww!!!!

  12. joe

    June 12, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I tot God condemned snakes? are people that hungry? hmmm na wa o

  13. alex

    June 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    lol…she said she gonna buy the snake…cook it at home and tell us how it tastes….im guessing she’s not crazy about this source of protein too…lol

  14. Funmie

    June 12, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Modupe (1st lady she interviewed) is very well spoken, why is she selling snake peppersoup for a living again?
    chai, Naija

  15. *poison tins*

    June 12, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I have a friend from ondo who eats snakes, she says the bones and teeth are very poisonous. So if you swallow the bone or it pricks you? yaff die be that! Having said that, I think watching the video was very therapeutic for me. Seeing them displayed just takes some of the fear off.

  16. hanee

    June 12, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    This is serious

  17. BabyDee

    June 12, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Ehn, ehn, Atoke, please please please go and remove Ondo from your statement “And customers come from across South-West Nigeria like Ondo and Oyo state to buy.”. No where in the Video was Ondo mentioned. The guy said “People come from Ibadan and Oyo”. You now decided to add your own jara to it abi. Please remove Ondo from there kia kia. Your own video transcribing skills no get part 2 o.


  18. Omoba

    June 12, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Waoooooooooo…Dear two pounds four ounces baby jesus, may i never chop snake

    Same way people eat Tortise too..i cant phantom the idea mehn

  19. Sade

    June 12, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Oh dear. My family and I used to go to badagry a lot during the school holidays. Whispering Palms was our London and on many occassions we eat at local restaurants in badagry as whispering palm food got boring after a few days. Ewoooooo the memory is making me gag now. I havent been able to eat since breakfast. sobs sobs. what if i have eaten snake without knowing. All those efo with what we thought was smoked fish. Blood of Jesus, what if. what if

  20. her

    June 12, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    OH MY GOODNESS!!…. awon on ni je ku je

  21. Aryah

    June 12, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    When fish prices are high, some people use snakes in the peppersoup they sell. Then sell it as fish peppersoup.

  22. jenny

    June 12, 2013 at 10:35 pm


  23. Bvf

    June 13, 2013 at 8:48 am

    This is super NASTY!

  24. Life is a tree

    June 13, 2013 at 11:03 am


  25. Deedee

    June 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I haff die, wtf!!!

  26. Que

    June 14, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I guess d tot of snake as food feels weird, but I have tried it once in China on account of being adventurous and it tasted really good. I’m not likely to go n look for it, but if its b4 me n d curiosity arises, den i’ll try it again. Its not different from all d bush/goat n cow meat we eat…all na animal.

  27. Que

    June 14, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Personally I would be more interested in the skins-they’re lovely.

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