We’ve all heard the saying, most have said it. Allow me to paint a picture for the saying “the only good snake is a dead snake”. As most of you know, I am a fanatic when it comes to snakes. Why is that? Because I have done my research, I have educated myself in the actual purpose, temperament, disposition and behavior of snakes. It has become the norm for someone on facebook to say the only good snake is a dead snake. Hypothetically, is it any different for someone to say “The only good pitbull is a dead pitbull”. This use of the phrase is solely based on fear. We all have a fear of something. For some, they fear birds, others fear rats, squirrels, spiders, lizards, even chickens. There is a “Phobia” titled for any fear that you can imagine. Hypothetically, if I were afraid of cats, would it be acceptable to say “The only good cat is a dead cat”? Socially, I don’t think it would pass.
Now, lets delve into the difference in the actually fear of snakes. They slither, they’re sneaky, they’re slimy is what everyone seems to agree on. Truth, they are NOT slimy, they are NOT sneaky but yes, they do tend to slither about as a mode of transportation for them. Fear is nothing more than a lack of knowledge, PERIOD! If there is anything that you are afraid of, research it, experience it and the fear goes away. How do I know this? There was a period of time that I too was deathly afraid of snakes. If I saw one, I would lock up unable to move, run, hit, crawl or even speak. I recognized that this fear was controlling me in every way. It kept me from performing the tasks that I was there to do. Which led to me purchasing a Ball Python. I did research about the snake, I handled the snake, I learned about the snake. With that being as interesting as it was, I branched out to learning more about other snakes, ones that I would encounter in everyday life. Turns out, that fear went away. It was replaced with knowledge. Knowing the difference between good and bad. Knowing the actions to take to avoid any confrontation with said snakes. It taught me to be more tolerant of their presence.
So, killing snakes cause you are afraid of them does not fly in my book. Why should you care what I think anyway? Well, the answer to that question lies in the facts. For starters, snakes in our area are the sole controllers of such things like Salmenella, Lyme Disease, Typhoid among countless other diseases that our rodents carry around with them. Secondly, this may not mean much to most, but did you know that the venom of the copperhead snake has created a tremendous advancement in the research for Breast Cancer. Hmmm. Sounds like a good snake to me. Copperheads, Rattlesnakes, Cottonmouth snakes all eat Deer Mice which are responsible for carrying the very widely spread Lyme Disease. Rodents, who carry OVER 30 DISEASES are snakes #1 prey! How many diseases do Snakes carry? How bout a big fat 0!!!
As most consider the theory of leaving snakes alone unless they are “DEADLY”, check out the statistics on our venomous snakes. Besides the fact that they will not chase you down, tackle you and swallow you whole, most do not realize that our copperhead is the LEAST potent venom of snakes that we have in the country. There are fewer deaths associated with snake venom in the United States than there are deaths associated with Dogs. Which brings me back to my hypothetical question. If I fear Pitbulls like so many do, would it be safe to say that the only good pitbull is a dead pitbull? Let that sink in a tad. Not too mention that the pitbull has absolutely no scientific, medical or biological benefit. Now, not saying that they don’t have a benefit, companionship, safeguarding and being an exceptional door bell, absolutely. But tell me what diseases do they help control? What medical research are they currently offering advancements for?
In Closing, I wish to say that it is OK to be afraid of snakes. I get that, believe me, I was there once too. However, being afraid of something really does not constitute killing it. (Please refer to Pitbull reference if still confused) If you are afraid of it, walk away, leave it alone. Chances are, when you go back an hour later, it has already left. Why would I think that, you say? Cause as the ole cliché states, they are more afraid of you than you are of them. As you contemplate the overall meaning of this article, the next time you see a snake, before you grab your pitchforks, hoes, guns, knives or anything else, Give SGH Pest a call and allow me to handle it or allow me to educate you as to why it is there, why it is beneficial and why you should leave it alone. Thank You for reading.