RED BANK: SMITTEN BY SNAKES

Christian Rebscher with a pair of slithery pets in downtown Red Bank. (Photos by Dan Natale. Click to enlarge)

By DAN NATALE

Twenty-nine-year-old Christian Rebscher started keeping snakes seven years ago, when he found an albino rat snake in the woods of northern Middletown. Two feet long and pregnant, it bit him, but he took it home anyway.

“If you feed them and wait a couple days, you can handle them without getting hurt,” he said.

Now, he occasionally shows off his reptiles as he rides his longboard through downtown Red Bank, as he did last Saturday, with the albino and an orange Cream-Sided Corn snake snaking around his neck and arms.

“I love bringing them out because they get a lot of attention” he says. “People are mostly amazed that you can wear snakes around your neck.”

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