René van der Vlugt, virologist at PRI, department of Bio-interactions and Plant Health
It's certainly cool, having a tiger python in the house. But that's not why he does it. ‘I'm the kind of well-behaved family man who only keeps snakes because they are extremely interesting animals'. That is how Rene van der Vlugt sums up his hobby. His snakes are tame and not dangerous. ‘They are fascinating creatures. Both for their behaviour and for their appearance. And far from stupid. Snakes play an important role in all cultures. A snake is always shrouded in mystery.'