Not that I would ever go out of my way to hurt a snake or any living creature – I don’t roll like that. My fear does not necessitate me harming those things I fear. I choose avoidance as a primary tactic and evasive actions as a back-up. I wouldn’t stick around long enough to launch any sort of attack other than a dust cloud in my wake.
I realize that many snakes are not harmful and that they aren’t out to get humans. I know they are just another of God’s creatures trying to do their thing. I get that my level of fear regarding snakes is a bit over the top and may be characterized as irrational at times. I am okay with that.
Living where I live in West Fargo I have not had to encounter any snakes (knock on wood). In this instance, absence has not made the heart grow fonder. I still cringe at the mention, photo, or video footage of a snake regardless of whether they are a hundred or a thousand miles away. As such, I was more than sickened by the death of two young boys (brothers ages 4 and 6) in Canada who were strangled by a 14 foot, 100 pound python – I was horrified.
It is a tragic story – the snake allegedly escaped from its cage, made its way through the ventilation system, and fell through the ceiling into the room where the boys were sleeping. The theory is that when it fell it got scared and gripped on to the boys to stabilize itself. The owner of the apartment that the boys were visiting owns an exotic pet store on the first floor of the building. According to the Associated Press article, the python was in a large enclosure in his second floor apartment and was able to escape through a small hole in the ceiling. Allegedly, the snake’s owner did not possess the appropriate permit to keep such a snake which typically is found only in accredited zoos. The snake was killed after this incident.
What a terribly sad story…a story I will never forget. Sad because children were lost and sad because an otherwise innocent creature was killed. Some creatures are just not meant to be kept as pets in residences.
I now fear snakes even more than I did before. I didn’t think that was possible. Alas, I would rather be fearful than complacent. You will never see me willfully occupying the same general space as a snake no matter what the enclosure looks like or how safe it is purported to be. Sometimes a little fear is healthy.
Day one thousand four hundred and ninety-one of the new forty – obla di obla da