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Are Snakes enemies or friends of humans?

Updated on August 5, 2012

The Kiss of Death or Deception

A TALE OF TWO SNAKES

Ok, don't laugh, but if you remember my story on beware of the duck, you won't believe there is one thing that scares me worse than the bird. I remember reading where someone characterized me as having a bird phobia and I was offended until I took a brief mental reflection on my encounters with birds and the offense melted away, actually evaporated. I remember my mother and I working out on the track in a rural area and to my horror there was a baby snake that met me halfway on the track.

I screamed and jetted leaving my Mom behind. I glanced back and saw her running, too for the first time. "Brittany, what was it?!" (I shrank in embarrassment.) "There was a snake on the track, Ma!" "Brittany, you ran from that baby snake, the size of an earthworm!" Instant laughter erupted, even from me and Mom, but I knew in the back of my mind I knew it was a very real fear!

My first memory of encountering a snake was on an ordinary day, my cousin Ashley and I decided that we wanted to make a tree house/club house. We were always told countless times stay out of the woods, but that's like baby next to the bottle and saying don't drink. We lived in a pretty rural town and behind our homes and backyards was a field. For us kids, it was the field of dreams, the field of adventures, we were the original explorers, before Dora, this was the late eighties. We did adventurers such as find the wail, by wale, I mean not a killer whale, but the kind that can suck you in and literally kill you.

If I had stumbled upon the real factual wale that existed I most likely would not be here to write this. So, back to the snake mines, so with this great idea, we needed to scout out a good spot, preferable near the plums, etc. That way we could have food and fun, win-win, right? So we found the perfect spot and we decided to declare it ours, so we decided we need to go back to get seating.

All of a sudden out of nowhere, there it is, we locked eyes, I looked towards the exit, then back towards the snake, I made a dash right pass my cousin and headed for a safe haven. (At this point its every girl for herself, to my defense somebody has to be the one to get help!) The snake ran right past my cousin (can you believe it, wasn't she easier, she was frozen, but no he wanted to be in hot pursuit of me.) and headed for my direction since I had a head start I jumped on the pump house, safety at last.

I let out a laugh as if I had defeated it. Two seconds later, here comes the snake, I swear it was hissing and jumping at me, as I looked down screaming, then I guess it gave up and slithered away. My cousin entered the scene unharmed and all I could say was, "Snake tried to kill me, did you see? He wanted to kill me, but couldn't reach me!" She looked at me with surprise and wonderment. We ran to the house.

Needless to say that was not my last battle with the snake, throughout my childhood I ran from snakes both in the field and in my dreams. I thought can I ever escape a snake, my goodness. Then, there was the house on the second street that was condemned and was taken over by snakes. Oh, the horror! Then, the store Bi-Lo was built, C.V.S., Rent-A-Center, Dollar General, and now Wal-mart that ran hundreds of snakes (if not thousands, we are talking about a lot of acres of land.). Those locations are all located in a very close proximity of my neighborhood not even a quarter of a mile. (Oh, the humanity!)

I remember taking my daughter to the Zoo and the very next day a poisonous snake had escaped, in my mind it was the snake that was hitting the glass hissing at me. Maybe, I had taken it out of context and let my imagination go crazy, but snakes have always presented a real danger to me. I remember in school, our teacher told us we were going to have to pet the snake, I told my Mom and I think I was the only kid that didn't touch it. I saw the crack in the case and that was enough for me.

As a Baptist, growing up hearing the creation story, I demonized the snake. For me as a child, if only Eve had stayed away from that snake. Then, I saw it as the woman and the snake are mortal enemies from that instance. Then, there was the jungle book, the snake with the hypnotizing eyes that said, "Trust in me!" That snake might have fooled the boy, but not me for even a minute, lol.

So, this is my sorted history, so to speak with snakes, what do you think? Are they great pets? Are they fun to have? Natural born killers and eternal enemies of humans? Is the myth about snake and pregnant women true? How would you handle and encounter with a snake and you?

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What do you think?

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      Rayblon 4 years ago

      I own a reticulated python, myself. She likes to sleep with me at night, and has never bitten me

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @rcrumple, lol it is much appreciated, I just read it and almost feel out the chair, great job!

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      My latest is an offering to you. I hope it helps you to understand a little better.

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Shiningirisheyes, hopefully a male and neither of you, if he gets struck, he is a man he can handle it, while you guys call for help. jk. Men are the biggest babies, lol. Hope you find a quick solution that's a sticky situation, too bad you can't have them arrested for trespassing.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      My mother and sister just found a nest of them in our pool house. Guess who was the lucky person who had to remove them?????

      Great story

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Midget, thank goodness for your dog! Thanks for your input, if more of us come forward we can rid the planet of these slippery little suckers, lol jk. Thanks for your input, I can relate.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Was nearly attacked by a snake and was luckily saved by my dog! Interesting encounter! Voted up!

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @rcrumple, I just fainted... lol, all news is good news. I will keep that in mind. In the words of Charlie Brown, "Good grief!"

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Be of care when in the wild outside of Atlanta. I used to go about 50 miles east of there to hunt Canebrake Rattlers for zoos and friends. There's also a road that you'd see at least three Copperheads a night if you road cruised it. A friend of mine lived there and can also relate stories of Eastern Diamondbacks, Pygmy Rattlers, and Cottonmouths. Nothing like soothing the nerves with good news, is there? lol Relax and enjoy!

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @deskjocky I am right there with you, never trusting them. My motto about snakes is never trust a slime ball. (hint snakes can ball themselves up, lol.) It was a fake, but a definite possibility and that's scary. I think if you allow a child to pet a snake its sends the wrong message and when they encounter one in their backyard, they have a false sense of security and will be bitten, whereas, they should be talk to get a way safely.

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @rcrumple, I agree, and I pray I never run into a black mamba, they can have their side of the planet and I can have mine. I'm glad you said that for me, if it was any but I snake or bird I remember not to move, but with those two creatures I'm in the wind before I can think. Maybe in a past life I was a snake and bird nemesis, lol. Thanks, Guess I will stay away from the black berry bushes.

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      deskjockywriter 5 years ago from Muncie, Indiana

      never trust a snake! Eve did and look were we are now. PS that snake video were it ate the dog is so fake. I could do that video with a simple green screen shot and some digital editing work. Snakes run on nothing but instincts, they will attack any thing that is big enough to eat, if bigger they will bit then slither away. snakes are creatures to mess with and handling them should only be done by experts, never allow kids to mess with them, they might think a posionious snake is safe to mess with if they feel comfortable with touching them. YUCK.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      It is indeed a rare occasion for a snake to "chase" anyone. Most of the time, a snake is trying to escape and simply going in the same direction you are. If you stop, that doesn't mean the snake will. Thus, it looks like it's "chasing" you. Black mambas are very territorial and will supposedly do this sometimes, but I've never witnessed it. I have been cornered by a Forest Cobra, and owned a pygmy rattler that wouldn't turn even when his snout was tapped with a snake hook (one crazy sucker, he was). If you happen upon a snake, stand still. After a few seconds, slowly back away. The strike zone of our indigenous species in the states is seldom more than half their body length (2/3's in rare occasions). To a snake, we're just like King Kong coming into the village. He's simply defending himself from our intrusion the only way he knows. However, treat all snakes as venomous and leave them alone. Unfortunately, some irresponsible owners of exotics, especially in urban settings, keep them in unsecured fish tanks. Escapes can take place, and do. Great Hub!

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Faith, I completely understand, I am no fan of snakes.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Yikes!!! This scared me so much that I could not even read it for the images were so terrifying to me. I hate snakes!!!! Sorry.

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Starmom, high-five, I agree, you should check out the yahoo link with snake encounter stories. It makes my skin crawl that schools encourage kids to pet them, that will change when my daughter is old even. For me, that gives them a false sense of security. Thanks for your input!

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      Starmom41 5 years ago

      Snakes: do not like. do not want to be anywhere near. don't care if it's the size of a cobra or a worm.