February 1st National Serpent Day

There are people that love snakes, none that I know, but they are out there. I think the worst fear of snakes involves the idea that you don’t ever know what to expect from them. They do serve a useful purpose though by keeping the insect and rodent population down. They have been associated with evil ever since the Garden of Eden. One wonders if our thoughts about them would be different if it had been a donkey that tempted Eve. We will never know. There are some 3,400 types of snakes across the world.

How to celebrate – Learn what snakes thrive in your area. Avoid snakes where you can. Learn which snakes are dangerous where you live and which ones aren’t.

July 16th World Snake Day

There are 3400 species of snakes in the world. Just like with people, there are good snakes and bad snakes. Most of us don’t like snakes much, me included, but they are here, and we have to deal with them. A python can grow up to 30 feet long, an anaconda can weigh up to 550 pounds. Neither is actually a bad snake; they don’t hunt people… but if one gets in their way… well. We as people have always put the snake down ever since the Garden of Eden. If you give a snake a wide path they will generally leave you alone. Imagine what you look like to them, now that’s scary!

How to celebrate – If you see a snake, avoid it. List as many snakes as you can and see how close you get to the 3,400 species. Watch out when you eat an apple.