Reptiles have more uses than just pets - A company in the tropics where snakes and other reptiles are plentiful has come up with a product that has the fashion world all atwitter.
Snakes and most other reptile types shed their skin periodically and the company known as REPSKIN has found a use for this discarded skin.
Purses, shoes and belts are so far the main products being manufactured by REPSKIN for the fashion conscious woman.
The skin that is discarded by the reptile is of no use for anything else so the company devised a method to soften and prepare the discarded skin for use in their products.
Local natives of this tropical island paradise were thought to be the prime source of collectors for the discarded skin, but company spokesman Uten Marfack claims, "the local natives are fearful of touching the discarded skins or even looking at them for fear of being hexed".
So far, the company has had to import their skin collectors from various other countries to meet the demand of manufacturing their products.
The results in advertising in the United States have been sketchy as most that have responded are not interested in the wages being offered for the job.
Company advertisements in the U.S. offer free one way trip to the tropical island of Palula with free return ticket when the skin collecting season is over.
Free thatched roof hut housing is also offered. Wages start at $1.30 per skin collected. Some response has been received but those who have replied ask if the skin has to be discarded before it is collected.
"There is a great demand for our product" says the company spokesman, "but if we can't get the help, we won't be able to meet the demand".