Snakes, fear and you.

@shibham (17025)
India
February 15, 2012 3:00am CST
Hi everyone... I still regret for what i did in past. It was almost five years ago, when i drove my bike over snakes lying on the road at night. My intention was not to kill them rather to save my life from their bites. Now i regret for killing more than 5 snakes at that time because, later i was informed that snakes never attack anyone first if they don't get any danger around. I also knew a little about it but was not convinced properly but recollect that i hold a snake almost 10 years ago unknowingly and it did not bite me. Now i am sure, that i have nothing to get afraid of a snake. Now i can try to hold a snake as i did. Do you? Do you have a fear to snakes? Do you regret after killing a snake? may be by stick or car/bike? Knowingly or unknowingly? Please share.
6 people like this
34 responses
@Mashnn (4503)
15 Feb 12
Good for you. I have a serious phobia about snakes. I cannot even look at one on TV. My fear about snakes is beyond anything else.
1 person likes this
@shibham (17025)
• India
16 Feb 12
Hi mashnn... Thanks. Phobia, from childhood? any reason? Have a nice time.
@Mashnn (4503)
18 Feb 12
I do not know when I started the phobia and I cannot tell why I experience it.
@shibham (17025)
• India
19 Feb 12
Reasonless?
@ifa225 (11098)
• Indonesia
15 Feb 12
Well if i were u maybe i would kill them too since we know that they are dangerous i have snakes few days ago in my kitchen i call my neighbor and he just pick the snake with calmly
1 person likes this
@shibham (17025)
• India
16 Feb 12
Hi ifa... Oh, so snake entered in your kitchen. Its nice to hear that you call your neighbor to pick up him gently rather than hitting him. I like it. Have a nice time.
@ifa225 (11098)
• Indonesia
17 Feb 12
Yeah and he just throw it outside my garden you know what? It comes back again and enter my room it is in the cupboard right now
1 person likes this
@shibham (17025)
• India
17 Feb 12
What? Well, i think you are residing on his/her home... i mean previous birth's.
@jaiho2009 (39084)
• Philippines
15 Feb 12
Never mind, thank you. I won't hold or touch one. I never kill any snake either.
1 person likes this
@shibham (17025)
• India
15 Feb 12
Thanks didi... i wished the same from you, i mean love to wildlife. have a nice time.
1 person likes this
@jaiho2009 (39084)
• Philippines
15 Feb 12
love to wildlife? No-I don't want to have someone from the wild
1 person likes this
@shibham (17025)
• India
15 Feb 12
But didi when i will meet you, i shall offer you a reptile....
1 person likes this
@free_man (7337)
• United States
15 Feb 12
The only snakes I won't kill are black snakes they are good snakes and eat other snakes and rats and stuff like that. I have killed many snakes in my life time and I will keep killing the bad snakes. I never will regret killing a snake.
@shibham (17025)
• India
16 Feb 12
Hi there... Oh dear, why to kill? let them live their lives. have a nice time.
1 person likes this
@free_man (7337)
• United States
16 Feb 12
I can see you haven't had to deal with a lot of poisonous snakes. When we moved here to MO there were a lot of poisonous snakes where we were clearing land and I am not one that will deal with snakes. Kill them and be safe.
• United States
19 Feb 12
How do you kow that most of them are poisonous? Most snakes are not poisonous, at least here in the United States of America. And most snakes eat other animals that are dangerous to humans such as eating our food or causing human sickness. If you learn more about the snakes so that yo canID them better, you might find out that they are actually good to have around, not in the ouse for lpoisonous one tough. I used to catch and sell rattle snakes to people thatwoudl milk them for their venom to make antivenom. I woudl rather have snakes around instead of rats and mice that eat my food and can carry diseases that might make me sick. Even rattle snakes will ltlry to avoid humans if they can. Some (especially the more mature ones) can bite and not give any venom. This si called a dry stike. It takes energy to produce venom and they do not like to luse it if they do not have to. The young ones donot have that ability down pat but lwill lgelt it as they mature. The only snake that I have heard of that would attack a human without being ttacked first is the king cobra. I do not know if this is true or an old wifes tale.
@viju0410 (2286)
• India
18 Feb 12
Hi shibham, No, I am not afraid of snakes as in my childhood I have seen many in and around my house and the villagers never used to kill them. There were some strange incidents happened with my brother. Once he survived a snake bite (though the treatment was done after a couple of days of biting) and one day we saw the snake was lying in his bed. It was those times when we were in Kerala and the neighbors tried very hard to get it out of our home. Though I am not afraid but I would not like to hold it on my hands.
@shibham (17025)
• India
18 Feb 12
Hi viju.. Nice to hear that you have no fear to snakes. What is the reason of that incident, i mean s the snake was lying on his bed? Oh, i am teaching some techniques about how to hold a snake coz in future i wish to save snakes from people who try to kill. have a nice time.
@viju0410 (2286)
• India
18 Feb 12
hi, oh.. in those days, we all used to sleep putting beds on the floor and he was in another room, which is near to our front door. After making the bed, he was out for walk and since the door was opened, might have got in and stuck in the bed, couldn't find way out... I appreciate your idea of 'saving' snakes from the ill hurted people.. but the teaching techiques to hold a snake? what's your charges for teaching? I'll have family pack , my children would love to learn too, they watch TV and my son is very much interested to see animal kingdom. i have a plan for a short trip to some nearby animal sancutary - may be Bandhavgarh or Kanha National Park of MP- but don't know when the plan will be executed...
1 person likes this
@shibham (17025)
• India
19 Feb 12
Family pack? I am ready.
@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
15 Feb 12
Dear Shibam! I am a Vet of 50+ and I am staying on a Stud farm! We breed the Thoroughbred horses meant for racing and I am looking after about 350 horses! 350 horses means a huge area! Our farm is situated out side the township in wild as the horses require privacy and natural surroundings! We have a lot of snake population on my farm poisonous , as well as non poisnous ones! The Rats smakes , Sands boas, Keelbacks, Royal Snakes are some non poisonous snakes we have ! We have all the four types of poisonous snakes available in India on our farm except the king Cobra! The poisnous snakes which we encounter often here are Kraits, Pit Vipers,Russel Vipers and Cobras! Before my joining this farm people used to kill the snakes! But after telling that all snakes are not poisonous and they don't harm any one without provocating them even if they are poisnous , now no body kills the snakes any more!In fact the snakes require their poison for their digestion and that is why they never want to wasteit on other animals which are not fit for their consumption! Thy require few weeks or months to fill uptheir poison glands if they empty it once! I am a nature lover, I never killed any snake so far, though they often enter our house and wander in our lawns. I simply pick them with a stick and leave them amidist the bushes if happen to find any stray snake near by my place! I have got a fantastic book on Indian Snakes by the name Snakes of India - The field guide by Romlus Whitaker and Ashok Captain, which is a very good book on Indian snakes! I purchased book to identify the snakes I get on te farm. Though the book is bit expensive (costing about Rs.2700/-)but it is worth the money for the contents it has about the India snakes! For that matter I never ever plucked any flower so far from any plant once I have grown up! That is say since the age of 12 years! I feel flowers they look beautiful on the trees and plants! They are reproductive organs of the plants and I feel that we should not pluck them for our selfish mottos! This is an interesting discussion,I liked participating in it! Thanks !
@shibham (17025)
• India
16 Feb 12
Hi Rao... Oh great, i did not know that you are caretaker/owner of so many horse and your horses are involved with racing. I like horse riding and when i go to hill areas for a tour, i often wish to have a horse riding. And you have so many horses. Interesting. You have done a great job as you have madee them convinced who earlier killed snakes on that area. Actually humans first impression after observing a snake that we are in danger and then they rush to kill the snake. You know, a snake's life is too long although we leave them thinking killed. But they die after a very long time, so just feel his pain of that long time span. Is not it cruelty? I think it is and thats why i protest when i see someone is about to kill a snake. Does not matter poisonous or not? I am also an animal activist and do the same as you after watching a snake near me. Usually i hold them and leave them in their survivable areas. Its my hobby, you may say. Oh, i think its a great book. I will buy it when possible. Actually i am more attached with birds and i have some books about birds.. Indian and foreign. I am studying ornithology online and its much needed to me to be attached with wildlife. Yeah, without any necessity, i never pluck flowers too. I have a beautiful garden full of ethnic flowers and i take care of them. Now i am missing my garden as i have shifted to a new house in town. Missing all village lives. Thanks for the comment. have a nice time.
@AKRao24 (4248)
• India
16 Feb 12
I am pleased to know that yu are an animal activist and you are an ardant Ornothologist! I am abig fan of Indian Ornpthologist Dr. Salim Ali! I simply admire his dedication and work towardsthe birds! Thanks dear Shibhum!
@shibham (17025)
• India
17 Feb 12
Hi Rao.. Thanks. Actually i wish to study Herpetology too but it will take a long time and thats why i have postponed it. lol
@Micmac (6368)
15 Feb 12
The only snakes that I know of here are garden snakes. They are not poisonous and when I see one, I will not kill it since they are not harmful. I'm scared of snakes just by looking at them at the zoo and on televison shows. I would be too frightened to hold a snake- it would creep me out! Once while hiking, a snake (don't know what kind it was) suddenly popped out of nowhere and chased me down the path and I ran like the dickens.. believe me, it was one of the scariest moment of my life! I will never forget that incidence. You are brave to handle them. But, dear me, I would want to come close up to one, and I wouldn't trust dangerous ones.
1 person likes this
@shibham (17025)
• India
16 Feb 12
hahaha... i am laughing imagining your run when you saw the snake. like chickens hahahaha... Yes, if you done dare then better to avoid them coz fear is also dangerous as well. It may bring some bad results and the time of encounter of a snake. I dont know which is exactly called garden snake? but can imagine as i have seen some snakes roaming in my garden. have a nice time.
• United States
19 Feb 12
When a snakes starts to crawl away from danger (you are the danger top them) they cannot be sure os where they are going. In that case, some of them might go in the same direction as you are going and you "think" that it is asing you but in reality it is just trying to get away from you as you are trying to get away from it.
@shibham (17025)
• India
19 Feb 12
Yeah, you are right. Snakes feel more danger than human if both of them have to face to face. So, they are hurry to move from that location as fast as they can.
@Sreekala (18777)
• India
15 Feb 12
Hello shibham, Seeing a snake will definitely spread fear in me. In fact, fear is the first impression when I see a snake. But recognizing the type of snake will reduce the fear. It is very common in our place some types of snakes, always roam, which never bites or don’t have any poison too. I never killed any snake knowingly or unknowingly.
1 person likes this
@shibham (17025)
• India
16 Feb 12
Hi sree..... Can you recognize a snake easily whether it is poisonus or not? . Then you are expert too. How can you tell that you have not crashed down a snake by your car? Have a nice time.
1 person likes this
@Sreekala (18777)
• India
16 Feb 12
Very simple, I don't have a car
1 person likes this
@shibham (17025)
• India
16 Feb 12
oh, i forgot.
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
15 Feb 12
That's okay as long as your purpose is to save your life. It is better to save yourself rather than get bitten by a snake. At that time you still don't know many information about them yet so that is fine. I haven't seen a snake out of the cage yet, although mom says that in the house we rented before there were snakes. I was not staying in our house those times so I never seen any of it. I never killed a snake and I think I cannot kill it because I am scared of it.
1 person likes this
@shibham (17025)
• India
15 Feb 12
Yeah, you are right. Later i gain more knowledge about the instincts of snake than before. Nice to hear that you are scared of otherwise you might kill them? I guess. Have a nice time.
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
15 Feb 12
Hmmm I think even if I am not scared I would not be able to kill one... I'll leave it to the experts.
1 person likes this
@shibham (17025)
• India
16 Feb 12
Thats fine not to deal with them....
@salonga (27838)
• Philippines
24 Feb 12
Posing with a Python - I can't ever do this!
But remember that even if you have no intention of killing or doing the snake any harm, snakes are paranoid creatures. They always think that anyone they meet is out to kill them. They are innately paranoid and so they have the tendency to bite anyone that moves around them. So it is better to do the first action. Either you run away immediately or kill the snake before it kills you first. I have such a big fear for snakes whether big or small so I'd surely run away as fast as I could whenever I meet one along the road. So I really could not and will never touch snakes. In the zoo or any wildlife parks, I've seen lots of people posing for a picture while holding a python (like this photo below). How could this people be so brave to do that while I am so coward and could not even bear looking at that python for long?
1 person likes this
@shibham (17025)
• India
25 Feb 12
Hi salonga... Nice avatar of flower, i like it. Well, as i have said that i have picked up snakes unknowingly but he has not bitten me. Dont think that they are all paranoid but it is better to learn their instincts. whatever the situation is, i never kill a snake coz i am animal activist. Fear is obvious as you are a female.lol. But i am brave by my experiences(?). Have a nice time.
@shibham (17025)
• India
4 Mar 12
Yes, it is so easy to treat wild life but we often mistreat them. It is the disgusting attitude of human.
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
15 Feb 12
Hi there shibham, Ive done it before but it was a local venomous snake as our neighbors said and it was in my house i was graduating elementary back them i don't remember a lot but all i can remember is that i have a 3 year old sister walking a round the house my crazy insane but i love cat, 2 dogs that i have cared for my whole life and the thought of my step-mom, aunty and father getting bitten and wasting away in front of me so i slayed the snake and found out that it was about to lay eggs and also we discovered a nest in our roof that had all of her skin there and it was a female green grass snake venomous indeed.
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
15 Feb 12
i wish i had the knowledge and bravery to deal with it safely and not kill it im sorry green snake.
1 person likes this
@shibham (17025)
• India
16 Feb 12
Hi deodavid... I think you were more concerned to your family than the snake. It would be happened with me too if i were in your shoes. Having a 3 years sister is more enough to have a reason to saly that snake. But as i have said earlier, snake never attacks first and if she is a female and about to lay eggs... then, its almost impossible. In this time female snakes seem more patient and calm. But after eggs, they are dangerous. Have a nice time.
@asliah (11149)
• Philippines
27 Sep 12
hi, i have fear in snake,i am afraid to hold it or even to touch it for a minute,i just really dont like it,because in my mind it will bite me,ever since i still never kill a snake but i saw many snake in my province.
1 person likes this
@shibham (17025)
• India
28 Sep 12
HI Asilah.. It is natural to have fear to snake. It is risky to hold a snake if you dont know how to cope with them. Have a nice time.
@KOSTAS499 (1625)
• Greece
28 Feb 12
No need to kill them, just avoid them.
1 person likes this
@shibham (17025)
• India
2 Mar 12
Exactly.
@lampar (7597)
• United States
22 Feb 12
I completely understand your situation, nobody can tell whether that snake is going to bite you or not, which may even kill you instantly if it is a venomous snake. So i refuse to blame you for ride over the snake five years ago. One thing i am curious , my friend, how do you know that one snake is friendly to you ten years ago is the same as the rest of the snakes now that will extend their welcoming hand (body) to you the next time you meet them??? As not all the snake species are created equal and friendly to human, few may be fearful of human, while other may become aggressive and unpredictable in their bahavior.
1 person likes this
@shibham (17025)
• India
22 Feb 12
I understand your curiosity. That day i entered home from market and opened the main gate of my home. A snake was lying on the gate and as it was dark, i did not saw him and kept my hand. When i felt something clumsy and cold, i hold it and it hissed... i realized that it is a snake. i shocked. But now, i am learning some techniques as it is essential to my wildlife hobby. Have a nice time.
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
21 Feb 12
I have never killed a snake and I think I couldn't even if I wanted to! I don't like snakes! they look slimy and creepy looking! I know they aren't slimmy but the bigger they are the more I dislike snakes! I would never hold one if I had the chance! I have a hard time seeing them in Zoos or on TV! I also don't care seeing them doing the tongue thing! Eww!
@shibham (17025)
• India
21 Feb 12
Hi blue... hahaha... so you dislike snakes. No problem as its your own choice but the great sound is that you have not ever killed a snake or tried too. I appreciate it. Have a nice time.
@MsTickle (24752)
• Australia
21 Feb 12
Hi shiby, I like snakes and have never killed one unless it was unknowingly by driving ocver it. Even though I like snakes, I am afraid of them because the ones here are very dangerous. Many drivers here if they see a snake or goanna or other lizard or other wildlife on the road will swerve so as to kill the animal. They make me sick to my stomach.
1 person likes this
@shibham (17025)
• India
21 Feb 12
Hi Tickle.. It is nice to hear that you like snakes. Yes, we cant say whether we have killed a snake by car unknowingly or not? You know, as we think snakes are dangerous but in real very less percent is dangerous. It is not to good kill them consciously. I dislike it. Have a nice time.
@Rochaten (159)
• Portugal
17 Feb 12
I'm afraid of snakes,but in my country the snakes are very rare,and there are those that are harmless.I am afraid of snakes because of movies and bbc documentaries.It is normal that you will feel regret, but you must not blame yourself too much.
1 person likes this
@shibham (17025)
• India
18 Feb 12
Hi Rochaten... I think not so rare but their residential areas are yet to discovered. No, i am not blaming but regretting as i am an animal activist. Have a nice time.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
17 Feb 12
I have never had to regret killing a snake at this point. I did have a couple of Black snakes that were living in a tree outside of my house last year. My neighbor was terrified when she seen them come out of the tree and in the front yard..our yards border each other. She called a guy down the street to come get them and he said it was illegal to kill them and they were good to have around. I checked it out and it was true. Snakes are protected where we live. I'm not real happy when I see them but I do know the difference in the ones that are poisonous and the ones that aren't.
1 person likes this
@shibham (17025)
• India
17 Feb 12
Yes, jen. A very less snakes are dangerous and most of us cant recognize and we rush to kill them. The boy was too right and i appreciate him as he thought that it was illegal to kill a wildlife. have a nice time.
@sjvg1976 (12671)
• Delhi, India
16 Feb 12
Hello Shibham, I have never seen snake openly but i have fear for all reptiles and can't imagine what will happen if have an encounter with them. Its OK snake can be poisonous and could have harmed you so in order to save your life you did it.Just say sorry to God for killing those innocent snakes unknowingly He will of course lessen the stress you might be having in your mind and heart.
1 person likes this
@shibham (17025)
• India
16 Feb 12
Hi sjvg... People who reside in cities/metropolitan cities, deprived from nature at all. I think i am lucky as i have nature around but now less as i have shifted to a new house in town. Yes, regret is much better, i think. Is not it? Have a nice time.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
16 Feb 12
Ok now this is very opposite to what i think. You see i HATE snakes, i cannot stand even the site of them. don't get me wrong, i know a lot about them - i am fond of watching episodes of them in Nat Geo and Discovery Channel. The thing is, they still give me goosebumps no matter what. I really really do not like them. So on my own opinion, they must stay away from me and i stay away from them or else they'll meet the end of their lives. lol
1 person likes this
@shibham (17025)
• India
16 Feb 12
Hi jazel.. Opposite? have not understood? You hate, but why? are they dirty? coz they eat frogs? You can watch them on screen and enjoy but in real life you hate them. Sounds are interesting. peculiar habit. hahahaha. You should stay away from them and vise-verse rather then and of their lives. have a nice time.