Killing of Snakes: Needless Violence
I visited Southern Pines and had the pleasure of brisk walks around the Reservoir Park, a beautiful and well-kept place. We visited every evening before the sun set, as the days got shorter.
Last Wednesday evening, other travelers around the reservoir reported snakes along the trail. We didn’t see the snakes, but heard that they were copperhead snakes. As a city girl, I went home and looked on the Internet and read a site that said, “Copperhead snakes are not as harmful as people think. Their venom will only paralyze your limb, but not kill you.”
The next day, we took the path again, around the same time, but at dusk. We approached each corner cautiously. A tall elderly couple approached and said, “We killed a snake.” I was in shock or I might’ve asked more questions. For example, “Why?”
I got a twang of anxiety in my gut. I haven’t had that feeling in a long time. I felt like something had gone extremely wrong. A crime had been committed. A disservice to humanity had occurred. When we approached, someone else stopped to tell us another snake had slithered away from the path, near the now-dead snake.
If you are afraid of something, just walk around it. Avoid it. A snake doesn’t have any reason to attack you. This snake probably was related to the other snake. You killed its companion, possibly its relative.
I was horrified. Was this snake killing your chickens? No. You were actually a guest, visiting the path near the snake’s home.
If something scares you, and you don’t understand it, wait, do not attack it. It takes more bravery to look clearly and see what scares you and why.
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