Afraid of snakes? 5 things you absolutely need to know about these reptiles


If you’re afraid of snakes, you might as well get to know them. These are actually fascinating animals. Here is the proof!

Corn snake, for beginners in breeding

Snakes have it tough. Not because they are extremely fearful (yes), but because most people are afraid of it. The serpent is assimilated easily to an animal vicious, sadistic, dangerouswho eats children for breakfast.

But, it is not so, you suspect it. In reality, this reptile is very misunderstood and ophiophobia remains deeply rooted in our societal system. He was portrayed as the devil by religion, like a cold-blooded animal without feelings. You will understand that the reality is quite different.

Yes, the snake is cold-blooded, but this is only a physiological characteristic. The very fascinating snakes can even appear friendly to the point of making it your pets (in breeding). Come on, here are 5 things to know about these reptiles. And who knows, maybe this will cure you of your preconceptions about them.

Snakes are more afraid of you than the other way around

As mentioned above, all snake enthusiasts and breeders know: these reptiles are fearful. It’s not for nothing that your king snake spends its life in a ball, hence its name “ball python”. The royal python, in this case, tucks its head under its body when it is embarrassed or frightened.

Then yes, a snake can be embarrassed and, above all, they are more afraid of you than the other way around. They only want one thing: to leave them alone. This is why, in breeding, they need a lot of hiding places in order to feel protected and comfortable.

Most of the time they do not attack humans

Moreover, most of the time, in nature as in captivity, a snake will not bite you to eat you. No. He only attacks humans to scare you, to make you back off and leave him in peace.

In short: snakes are fearful, easily stressed. They look dangerous, but often aren’t. At least, for non-venomous species. Unfortunately, their constant stress means that sometimes they are lively and look like they want to bite you. But, this is often not the case. Once a snake gets to know you, in breeding, it gets used to you and will have less trouble manage handling. And he won’t try to bite you again.

By the way, no: a domestic snake cannot kill and eat a human. Killing it is possible depending on the size of the species. But eating it is not possible unless you have a very large species reserved for the knowledgeable.

ball python royal snake beginner terrarium
Ball python, for beginners in breeding

Fascinating animals to observe and very intelligent

Snakes are also very smart and can be endowed with “feelings”. As I told you, a snake can feel “embarrassed”, it can also like you in its own way. He won’t be cuddly (and won’t like it), like a cat. Nevertheless, he can develop habits with you, affinities on the scale of a snake. Thus, taking care of a snake also means getting to know it and realizing that, it too, there are days when it is in a bad mood and others when it is very cute.

Besides, snakes are great at escaping. Very curious by nature and endowed with a great sense of practicality, they know how to spot small holes and even slide doors. For example, one of mine learned the mechanism of his sliding terrarium door and now knows how to open all sliding doors.

In other words, a snake is intelligent, endowed with her personality and is therefore interesting to observe in addition to being, in fact, nice.

Muscles, ears, temperature… an amazing physiology

Another very interesting point in snakes: their physiognomy. Indeed, don’t you find fascinating what nature has managed to create with this being? Here is also a list of physical characteristics that make a snake a fascinating animal:

  • Snakes are ALL different. Like humans, basically. Since they are high, the snakes can be mutated and thus wear different dresses specific to each one. Observe these animals and you will see that they all have small peculiarities, subtleties to discover. Their eyes, a scale different from the others, their size… For example, I have a corn snake which is 1m70. A considerable size and quite unique for this type of snake.
  • These reptiles have the cold blood. But, it’s not really cold to speak of. In fact, reptiles have the particularity of being thermoregulators and must therefore move in the cold or in the heat according to their vital needs. It is for this reason that our snakes all have a hot spot and a cold spot with temperature gradients between the two.
  • Snakes do not have legs and therefore move only crawling. Thus, their body is essentially made up of muscles. If you take a snake and it squeezes your wrist, you’ll soon realize that.
  • Little fun fact: snakes don’t have no ears. But, you may have noticed that. Thus, they “hear” and locate themselves thanks to the vibrations in the air. It is thanks to their language when they make it vibrate in space that they can receive all the information from their environment.

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Raising snakes: a terrarium passion to discover

Finally, a snake is very fascinating. It takes a lot of courage to overcome this fear and even move on to breeding. But, terrarium has become a passion for many people in France. Here is a Youtube channel (TOOPET) that will explain it to you very well:

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