Now all that said, I saw a “You tube” clip a friend posted on face book with this note: “Not really a snake fan, but I must admit there is fascination in watching their slow rippling movements.” The comments that followed left me leery enough of what I’d see that I did not click on it. “Good one, Got me!!” “Me too….spilled my coffee.” “Now that’s funny stuff, right there!” and “Action too fast for my slow thought system….but I don’t like snakes, spiders or weird stuff!” My husband assures me, given my opinion of snakes, I made the right choice!
This was followed up by the post of another friend who tells about a snake that came up behind him while he was working. He said, “I screamed bloody murder and jumped up on top of the stump grinder. Once I got my composure back, I beat the tar out of it with a rake....I hate to be snuck up on!!” Again, the comments that followed, confirmed people aren't generally crazy about snakes and really don’t like the feeling of a snake slithering up on them unaware.
I can tell you snakes completely upset me! No other way to put it, I am afraid of them! I have gotten past “the only good snake is a dead one,” since I know black snakes kill rattlers. Still the sight of one makes my skin crawl. Many years ago my daughter, then in high school came home and announced she and another friend were going to do a project on snakes. They had made contact with the local pet store and had acquired permission to carry a crated snake into the classroom for their assignment. When my daughter asked if she could borrow my car for transportation of the critter, I quickly said, “I don’t think so! Ask Susan’s mother!” Come to find out, Susan’s mother wasn’t a bit more charitable than I!
So how does one handle the slithering critters? I was surprised to learn there are those who believe there can be a genetic predisposition to snake fear! 1 Other sources I’ve seen clearly feel the problem comes from having been around someone who had an encounter with “said critter” and reacted badly. The article also assures me the fear is not my “fault” yet it is my problem, but can be solved!
The article encourages exposure to the “feared object” often in small increments. I’m not sure I’m ready to become “desensitized” to snakes and would rather just leave them in their world, as long as they leave me in mine, without crossing over! I’ll deal with butterflies any day of the week over a snake!
So curiosity prompts me to ask, have you ever had a bad encounter with a snake, (aside from my friend above) and if fearful, like I am, how do you handle it? I’d love to hear your story!