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Frenchman shares home with 400 reptiles
In an unassuming house on France's River Loire, a cobra lives on the coffee table, a 50 kg (110-pound) tortoise roams the garden and a two-meter (seven-foot) alligator sleeps in the owner's bed while another keeps watch at the door.

Over two decades, 67-year-old reptile enthusiast Philippe Gillet has amassed a collection of more than 400 phobia-inducing animals, including rattlesnakes, tarantulas and lizards in his home in western France near the city of Nantes.
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September 20, 2018
Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives...
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Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives...
Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives chicken to his alligator Ali in his living room in Coueron near Nantes, France September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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September 20, 2018
Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives...
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Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives...
Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives chicken to his alligator Ali in his living room in Coueron near Nantes, France September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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September 20, 2018
Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives...
COUERON, France
Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives...
Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives chicken to his alligator Ali in his living room in Coueron near Nantes, France September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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September 20, 2018
Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives...
COUERON, France
Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives...
Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives chicken to his alligator Ali in his living room in Coueron near Nantes, France September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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September 20, 2018
Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives...
COUERON, France
Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives...
Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives chicken to his alligator Ali in his living room in Coueron near Nantes, France September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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September 20, 2018
Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, looks...
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Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, looks...
Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, looks at his King Cobra in his living room in Coueron near Nantes, France September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives...
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Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives...
Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives chicken to his alligators Ali and Gator in his living room in Coueron near Nantes, France September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives...
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Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives...
Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives chicken to his alligators Ali and Gator in his living room in Coueron near Nantes, France September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, feeds...
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Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, feeds...
Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, feeds his Northern caiman lizard in his house in Coueron near Nantes, France September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, looks...
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Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, looks...
Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, looks at his Cuvier's dwarf caiman in his house in Coueron near Nantes, France September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018 REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives...
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Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives...
Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives chicken to his alligator Gator in his living room in Coueron near Nantes, France September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, looks...
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Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, looks at his black cobra in his living room in Coueron near Nantes, France September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, looks...
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Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, looks...
Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, looks at a tarantula in his house in Coueron near Nantes, France September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, looks...
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Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, looks...
Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, looks at his black cobra in his living room in Coueron near Nantes, France September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, poses with a python in his house in Coueron near Nantes, France September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives...
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Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives...
Philippe Gillet, 67 year-old Frenchman who lives with more than 400 reptiles and tamed alligators, gives a banana to his iguana in his garden in Coueron near Nantes, France September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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