Snakebites and How to Keep Snakes Out of Your Yard

Expert advice on the real risk and odds of snakebites, as well as how to keep snakes out of your yard and minimize their presence in country life.

| July/August 2017

How can a creature no more than 3 or 4 inches tall draw such a visceral emotion from a full-grown, able-bodied adult? The mere sight of a snake — even a photograph, and especially a video, of one — evokes abject terror in many of us.

As it turns out, we have a predisposition to fear snakes. Researchers at the University of Virginia believe our fear of snakes evolved throughout thousands of years. Humans who were more likely to see a camouflaged snake were more likely to avoid a bite. It was a survival mechanism.

For snake expert Tim Cole, owner of Austin Reptile Service, there’s another explanation: We are taught to hate them. Snakes are often portrayed as vile, loathsome creatures that have no redeeming value.

“Any time you see a snake on television, even if it’s in some Animal Planet documentary, listen to the music. It’s the same music you hear in horror movies when something bad is about to happen. We’ve been conditioned all our lives to fear snakes because you never see anything positive about them,” says Cole. “That fear is passed down from parents to children.”

Innate or learned, having that fear doesn’t mean we have to actually live out that fear. Nor does it mean we have to run for a shovel every time we see a snake. The mere sight of a snake should raise our curiosity more than our fear and hatred, says Cole.

“I’m amazed at how misunderstood snakes are. Too many people believe too many things that just aren’t true,” he says.

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