Nag Panchami, is one of the rare occasions when you may go scouting for a snake to offer it milk. On any other day, you'd rather keep away.

But 17-year-old Anand Mohite from Malad can't even begin to imagine how dull life would be without his slithering "friends".

A Std XII student, Anand has been a snake catcher for nine years now. His rendezvous with snakes started at the age of eight.