In Madagascar, there is no machine to cut the long grass and weeds, to harvest or to split the pods open to remove the seeds. It’s all farmed by hand. Cocoa trees are very fragile and great care must be taken to be gentle with them. Also, because flowers actually grow on the trunk and branches, the pods are picked with a special knife on the end of a long pole to reach the highest fruits. While cutting, it’s common to see the snakes out of their hiding place. But fortunately, none are dangereous.