Li Tianzeng lies with his pet snake in a glass cage at a park in Foshan, Guangdong province.

The boy, who has been living with the python since he was born, is trying to cohabitate with his pet for 15 days within a glass cage to beat the Guinness World Record for the longest stay with a python, as well as to usher in the Lunar New Year.

The 11-year-old only leaves the cage for meals and to use the toilet. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on Sunday and marks the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac. Picture: Reuters