August 2, 2012 8:05am CST
In my state of Orissa there are some villages where the inhabitants are snake charmers by profession since ages. They keep snakes in baskets made from bamboo; carry them from door to door; they make the snakes to dance in tune with kind of flute known as ‘veen’. [b]It is known that snakes can’t hear directly but through the vibrations in ground; the move the head as if dancing seeing the movement of hands and the flute of the snake charmer. [/b] [b]Snakes are beautiful creature; normally they don’t bite; if they bite it is for self-defense; if one disturbs them or steps over them. One can distinguish poisonous and nonpoisonous snakes from shape of the tail. [/b] [b]Do you have snake charmers at your place? Are you afraid of snakes?[/b] [b]See the picture of the 5 hooded snake I saw few months ago on road side, it looks so nice, people are looking at him. Please comment on this story and share your opinion. Thanks in advance.[/b] Prof. Bhuwan August 2nd 2012.
4 Aug 12
Don't tell me that you saw this in person! I am in awe! Did you not get scared looking at a five hooded snake? Yes, I know a little about snakes but not to the extent of differentiating between poisonous and non-poisonous ones. I just know that they generally do not bite and if they do, they do it in self defence and only when they feel threatened. Moreover, a snake which has had its meal would not attack anyone since its belly is full and it would look for a nice cool place to hide. I wonder how this snake eats. It would be difficult as it is with one head to prey upon small animals. With five heads fighting with one another for food, it is a wonder this one managed to stay alive to become so big. Guess it has figured out a way to satisfy itself, don't you think?
3 Aug 12
I too hear that snakes on their own do not bite. My sister's place is filled with snakes and it is a common sight to see them going here and there and they are not afraid of them and till now no one is bit by them. The photograph you uploaded is very interesting and I commented on that too.
• United States
3 Aug 12
I see this on television but never come across such things . I am afraid of worms and snake is a giant worm I dont want around me at all . I dont think snakes are beautiful they look evil in my book . If I could let any animal go into extension it wold be snakes . Some people eat them I would never . I dont like creatures that crawl , In the country I am We have snakes but small one I hate them also , they always trying to come in your house and if they do they will bite you if you try to get them out .