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Python gives neck massages at German salon

By Ben Hooper
Python gives neck massages at German salon
A customer at a Dresden, Germany, salon gets a neck massage from a python named Monty. Screenshot: WTVD-TV

March 17 (UPI) -- A hairdresser in Germany is drawing customers to his salon with the hire of an unusual employee -- a 13-year-old python that gives neck massages.

Frank Doehlen, proprietor of the Haar Mode Team salon in Dresden, said he started using the 13-year-old ball python, Monty, to give massages to customers after being inspired by a massage technique he witnessed on a trip to South Africa.

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Doehlen said Monty's services are now in such high demand that he offers the snake massages to customers two days a week.

"But only by appointment. Monty's terrarium has no more space in the salon. I always bring it with me at the customer's request," he told German newspaper Bild.

He said the 4-foot-long snake's body is 90 percent muscle, making him an ideal masseur.

"I often have a tense neck as a chimney sweep. Monty's powerful way has done a lot of work. I'll be back!" customer Flora Magdalena said.

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