There's a Snake Temple in Penang.............you can visit and walk about among hundreds of venomous snakes, yikes! Fortunately our bus didn't stop there. The temple inhabitants are pit vipers and their satisfying diet of eggs, provided by local worshippers of the Taoist god, Char Soo King, has apparently prevented any brave tourist from being bitten, to date!
We opted instead to visit the less dangerous Butterfly Farm. A huge caged area whose inhabitants seem more inclined to settle on your head than eat you! Touted as the largest farm of this type in the world, it was full of 100 species of the free flying butterflies, unusual fish in the ponds, amazing plants, and indoor exhibits of safely caged snakes, lizards, scorpions etc.
I've no idea of the names of these butterflies, and their short 3 week lifespan seems somewhat sad, but their beauty, though fleeting, is so special.........enjoy.
Above you can see an older butterfly, its wings becoming ragged as it ages.
Among the array of unusual plants, the carnivorous pitcher plants were amazing, clinging to trees and collecting insects.
The beauty of Nature...................sometimes complicated, always astounding.