19,999 after he caught the first one in circa 1982

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Nearly 27 years after he caught the first one somewhere in the vicinity of Vontikoppal, “SnakeShyam snapped his 20,000th snake in Vijayanagar in Mysore on Thursday.

Born as M.S. Balasubramania to two government school teachers M.R. Subba Rao and A.M. Nagalakshmi, Shyam, a driver by profession, catches and releases the reptiles, and maintains a register to be verified by the authorities.

How to reach Shyam: 094-480-69399

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

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