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I was in Cameroon in Central Africa because of the snakes. I had traveled to Yaoundé, the political capital of Cameroon where 2,4 million people live. As part of my thesis work I had set out to quantify the amount of snakes being hunted for bushmeat, and what better way than to see how many are sold at bushmeat markets. Snakes, especially larger vipers and pythons, are important predators in an ecosystem, and are often found at the top of the food chain. I was interested to find out how many of them were being harvested for their meat, in order to estimate the hunting pressure on them.