A trip through Jebat's reptile house
Waliyuddin Jali, nicknamed Jebat, struggled to find a conventional job due to facial scars from childhood, but he has turned his snake breeding hobby into a stable income stream.
Photographs by Djohan Shahrin
Jebat retrieves two albino pythons from a storage box in a room.
These albino pythons, now 18 months old, are his favourites due to their unique characteristics. They also share a strong bond with him.
Jebat houses a four-year-old sailfin dragon, originating from Indonesia, in his enclosure. It is a daily routine for this creature, which feeds exclusively on fruits and small insects, to bask in the morning light.
Jebat's father, Jali Salleh, aged 63, shares his passion for breeding local pythons. Despite initial resistance from his father, they have since found common ground and now share this hobby.
Due to employment challenges, 27-year-old Jebat relies on these exotic animals as his primary source of livelihood.
Jebat maintains several pythons, cleaning them in a tub. All his pet pythons are gentle.
The pythons undergo routine cleaning with soapy water, and Jebat diligently tends to their hygiene, cleaning them whenever they defecate, given their captivity.
After cleaning them, Jebat dries his pythons with a towel.
Jebat is currently learning to breed albino pythons. Several python eggs have hatched, but none have exhibited signs of albinism. Jebat monitors the eggs; they will hatch in about 60 days.
Jebat identifies the reptiles' gender by examining their tails.
His 23-year-old wife, Nur Emi Aisyah Abdul Halim, also assists in caring for the baby pythons. Initially apprehensive, Emi found her courage growing each day following their marriage.
Jebat also cares for a tame two-year-old Savannah monitor lizard from Africa.
Besides exotic animals, Jebat breeds laboratory mice in special containers. He has 500 breeding mice that he sells to snake breeders and enthusiasts and supplies to universities for experiments.
A baby mouse, with a reddish hue, is seen alongside its mother in a container.
Jebat adheres to a set feeding schedule for these mice.
He houses two types of laboratory mice: small mice and larger rats. Some mice eat bran from containers filled with sawdust.
Over the weekends, Jebat and his wife set up an exhibition space in Pantai Remis, Jeram, for their exotic animals, sharing knowledge about them with the public.
Visitors listen to Jebat's explanations about these exotic animals, reacting with varying degrees of courage and fear.
A brave little girl approaches a ball python held by Jebat.
Three young visitors touch a Savannah monitor lizard from Africa.
A visitor records the sailfin dragon, also known as the sailfin lizard, on her phone while others watch in fascination.
Jebat lends a helping hand to a woman as she captures a memorable moment with his albino python.
Numerous visitors confront their fears and engage with the exotic animals, willingly contributing to support their food requirements afterwards.
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