Snakes are not evil creatures

Published 7:00 am Thursday, May 12, 2016

Reptiles are admittedly strange animals. They come in various shapes and sizes and some even come without legs. Those are otherwise known as snakes.
Snakes are not the evil creatures described in some literature. While their absence of appendages may unnerve people, probably the most frightening thing about these living things is the fact that there are venomous varieties capable of killing an adult human.
This piece of information is shared with the youngest of our species before they head out into the woods as a word of warning. “Watch out for snakes,” is most likely the first thing parents will relay to their children before they head out for a summer afternoon romp in the woods.
This warning is meant with the utmost regard for their offspring’s safety. While it is great advice, it should be taken with a grain of salt. For the most part snakes will flee when they detect an animal larger than themselves approaching, humans included.
Yes, snakes can be dangerous, but only the poisonous kinds. When cornered or threatened, they will bite. If you are bitten by the poisonous kind, seek medical attention immediately. The problem is that most people have a hard time recognizing venomous snakes, and as such instead choose to lump them all into the same category of being deadly.
That’s where Saturday’s “Snakes, Snakes, Snakes” program at the Crosby Arboretum can help Mississippi residents not only identify the dangerous snakes, but also garner a new appreciation for these important varmint killers.
Just like how most people don’t like snakes, just as many people are not fond of rodents. But if it wasn’t for snakes, and birds of prey, the rodent population would overrun society.
These facts and more can be learned at the program on Saturday.

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